Máighréad Medbh was born in Co. Limerick. A poet, her most recent collections are When the Air Inhales You (2009) and Twelve Beds for the Dreamer (2011), both published by Arlen House. Her work also appears in Poetry Ireland Review, Orbis, The Stinging Fly and Southword, as well as in several anthologies, including Salmon: A Journey in Poetry (Salmon Poetry, 2007). She was one of the pioneers of performance poetry in Ireland in the 1990s, and currently works in the public library service. Her study into the effects of loneliness, Savage Solitude, was published by Dedalus Press in 2013. She lives in Swords, Co. Dublin.