Judges 2017

Joseph Horgan was born and raised in Birmingham of Irish immigrant parents. He has lived in Ireland since 1999. He is the author of four books and has receivJoe Horgan photoed numerous accolades for his work including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, an Arts Council Bursary, a shortlisting for the Hennessy Award and a nomination for a Ted Hughes Award. His work has been widely published and broadcast in Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America. He will shortly be announced as the recipient of the Poetry Ireland Residency Bursary and will have a pamphlet collection published by Flarestack Poets in the UK next year. He writes a weekly column for the Irish Post and his work is greatly concerned with the immigrant experience and the role of migrants in society.


Bidisha is a British journalist, critic and broadcaster for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. She specialises in international human rightsBidisha photo, social justice, gender and the arts and offers political analysis and cultural diplomacy tying these interests together. She also does outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres. In 2013 she was an International Reporting Project Fellow, writing about global health and development issues. As of spring 2013, she is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation. Her most recent book, her fifth, is Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London, published in March 2015, is based on her outreach work, most recently with young asylum seeker mothers. Her poetry has been published by Wasafiri magazine, Seagull Books, Saqi Books, English PEN and Young MWA magazine and performed internationally; she also reviews poetry for BBC Arts and Poetry Review.  She is currently part of the year-long City of Stories writers’ residency for London-based writers.

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