Breda Sullivan was born in Athlone and now lives in Streete, Co. Westmeath where, before retirement, she taught at the local primary school. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three. Her poetry has been translated into French. She has poetry included in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volumes IV and V. To date she holds twenty-two awards for poetry including the National Women's Poetry Competition, Boyle Arts Festival, Hopkins, and KISS. Her two previous collections of poetry, The Smell of Camphor (1993) and After the Ball (1998), were also published by Salmon.