Martina Evans is a poet and novelist. She grew up, the youngest of ten children, in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station. Martina studied Science and worked for fifteen years as a radiographer before becoming a full time writer. Her first novel, Midnight Feast, won a Betty Trask Award in 1995 and she has won several Arts Council bursaries in both Ireland and the UK. Her fourth poetry collection, Facing the Public was TLS Book of the Year and won the Piero Ciampi International Poetry Prize. Martina Evans has performed her poetry internationally and as far as Shanghai. She is a Creative Writing tutor at the City Lit and a freelance writing teacher with a wide experience both home and abroad. Martina was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London from 2003-2007 and then again 2011/12.