Photo of Sian Hughes by Pete RimmerSiân Hughes's first collection, The Missing (Salt, 2009), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, won the Seamus Heaney award for first collection, was long-listed for The Guardian first book of the year, and shortlisted for The Forward Prize and Aldeburgh Prize. It contained among others 'The Send-Off', the poem that won the Arvon International Poetry Competition in 2006 and 'Secret Lives', winner of the TLS / Poems on the Underground competition in 1996. Siân lives in her home village on the border of England and Wales along with some of her children. As well as working in a local pub, she teaches creative writing for mental health centres and other charities, and is currently a PhD student at Chester University.

(Photo by Pete Rimmer)