Maram al-Masri is from Lattakia in Syria, now settled in Paris. She studied English Literature at Damscus University before starting publishing her poetry in Arab magazines in the 1970s. Thus far her work has been translated into eight languages. Her poetry collections include Red Cherry on the White Floor and I look at you. Most recently, in English, she has published Barefoot Souls (Arc 2015) also translated by Theo Dorgan.
Theo Dorgan was born in Cork and has published five books of poetry. His most recent collections are Greek (Dedalus 2012) and Nine Bright Shiners (Dedalus 2014). He has published two prose accounts of sailing journeys, Sailing for Home (Penguin) and Time on the Ocean (New Island 2013). He published Making Way, a novel, in 2013. He has translated a previous collection of Maram al-Masri’s, Barefoot Souls (Arc 2015).