Cliona O’Connell was the winner of the 2011 Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition. She was selected for the 2010 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and was shortlisted for the 2009 Hennessey Literary Awards for Emerging Poetry. She has previously been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Southword, The Sunday Tribune and the Fish Anthology. She is currently studying for an MA in Poetry Studies at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University. Her debut collection is forthcoming from Bradshaw Books.