Tim Dooley, James Peake & Ben McGuire with music from singer-songwriter Brian McGuire


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Tim Dooley is a tutor for The Poetry School and a mentor for the prison charity Koestler Arts. He was reviews and features editor of Poetry London between 2008 and 2018, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster from 2016 to 2021. He was previously a schoolteacher for many years. His poetry collections include the Poetry Book Society Recommendations Tenderness (Smith Doorstop, 2003), Keeping Time (Salt, 2008), and Weemoed (Eyewear, 2017).

 James Peake worked for trade publishers for several years. He now works in independent podcasting and lives in London with his wife and son. The Star in the Branches was published in February 2022 and is his second full-length collection of poems.

Ben McGuire lives in Bray and works as a teacher of English and Italian. His poems have appeared in The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Stand and Dedalus Press’s Isolation PoemCards series.