Patricia McCarthy is the winner of the National Poetry Competition 2012. She was born in Cornwall and brought up mainly in Ireland. After studying at Trinity College, Dublin, she lived in Washington D.C., Paris, Bangladesh, Nepal and Mexico. She now lives in East Sussex. Her first small collection, Survival, was published in the US in 1978, and A Second Skin came out from Peterloo Poets in 1985. A translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours was published in 2007, translated by both Patricia McCarthy and Christine McNeill. Her recent collections include Rodin’s Shadow (Clutag Press/Agenda Editions, 2012), Around the Mulberry Bush (Waterloo Press, 2013), Horses Between Our Legs (Agenda Editions, 2014) and Letters to Akhmatova (Agenda Editions, 2015). Shot Silks is due from Waterloo Press in 2016.