Julia Bird is a poet and poetry programmer. She has published the poetry collections Hannah and the Monk (2008) and Twenty-four Seven Blossom (2013) with Salt Publishing, and the illustrated pamphlet Now You Can Look (2017) with The Emma Press. Another pamphlet is, thinks Pearl is forthcoming from The Emma Press in 2021. She has worked for many poetry and literature organisations, and produces touring live literature shows through her company Jaybird Live Literature. More details at juliabird.wordpress.com She currently works for The Poetry Society as Learning and Participation Manager, working on local and national events and participation activities for adults and young people. She grew up in Gloucestershire and lives in London.
Mike Sims is a writer, poet and editor. He has collaborated on many art and poetry projects, including Letter of advice to Amy by Joseph Cornell (AKA The Amy Box) and This Westward with Roy Willingham, and the group exhibitions Things that are there, By the way, which included Mike’s limited edition leporello, 8 Divagations, letterpress printed at Paekakariki Press; the most recent exhibition Ground Works was held at APT Gallery, London, in October 2020. He was a co-founder and editor of The Illustrated Ape magazine, winner of the Creative Review Best in Book award. He is a former editor of Printmaking Today and remains a regular contributor. He currently works for The Poetry Society as Publishing Manager, where he runs the Poetry Café exhibitions programme. He was born on the Wirral and lives in London.