COLIN HASSARD is a poet from Banbridge, Co. Down. He was Runner-Up in the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing in 2018 and shortlisted for the Aurivo North West Words Poetry Competition in 2019. As a spoken word poet, Colin has twice been Ulster Poetry Slam Champion, was joint winner of the Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Award in 2020 as well as a former winner of poetry slams at the Belfast Book Festival and Belly Laughs Comedy Festival. Colin has performed his work on Sky One and has written commissioned poems for BBC television and national adver-tisements. He was Writer-in-Residence for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2015, Poet-in-Residence for all three series of BBC Radio Ulster show Science & Stuff and has an ongoing creative residency with the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Belfast.