Formerly a campaigner on environment and development issues, Emm is currently completing a PhD in the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University, Belfast. She won the Templar Portfolio Award in 2014, and her debut poetry pamphlet Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe, was published by Templar in 2015. In 2016, Emma was named as one of the Rising Generation of poets by Poetry Ireland Review.
Vahni is a British Trinidadian writer who has published five books and two pamphlets, most recently Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Forward Best Collection Prize, Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), and Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013). She is currently travelling and writing non-fiction and poetry on place and the boundaries between the human and the natural, thanks to the Harper-Wood Studentship (St. John's College, Cambridge)