Matthew Geden was born and brought up in the English Midlands, moving to Kinsale in 1990. His poetry collections include Swimming to Albania, The Place Inside and Fruit. In November 2019 he was Writer in Residence at Nanjing Literature Centre in China. Since March 2020 he has been Writer in Residence for Cork County Library and Arts Office. He currently teaches on the Creative Writing MA course at UCC and is the Director of Kinsale Writing School.