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Zoë Brigley grew up in Caerphilly in the Rhymney Valley of Wales, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the US. Her three collections with Bloodaxe Books are The Secret, Conquest and most recently Hand & Skull. She also researches violence against women. ‘The poems in Zoë Brigley’s Hand & Skull are strange-making, unsettling, and thrilling in their originality. Here Brigley bravely confronts what it is to be a woman in a world that sees women as prey’ (Maggie Smith).
Nikita Gill is a British-Indian writer and poet living in the south of England. With a huge online following, her powerful and relatable poetry reaches new audiences. Her poetry collection, Wild Embers, features rewritten fairytale heroines, goddess wisdom, and is an explosion of femininity, empowerment, and personal growth.