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Amanda Bell is the winner of the 2015 William Allingham Prize and was highly commended for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2015 and 2016. Her collection Undercurrents, a psychogeography of Irish rivers in haiku and haibun, was published by Alba Publishing in 2016. Amanda is the editor of The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work: An Anthology of Poetry by the Hibernian Writers, (Alba Publishing, 2015) and Maurice Craig: Photographs (Lilliput, 2011). She has a Masters in Poetry Studies from the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies, DCU, and her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers and The Stinging Fly. In 2016 she was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series and the Munster Literature Centre’s Introductory Readings. First the Feathers, Amanda’s debut full-length poetry collection, is forthcoming from Doire Press this autumn. She is a professional member of the Irish Writers’ Centre.

The Lost Library Book, illustrated by Alice Durand-Wietzel, is her first children’s book.