Poet and translator Gráinne Tobin was born in Armagh in 1951 and lives in Newcastle, Co Down. She taught in Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle. She has published two collections: Banjaxed (Summer Palace Press, 2001) and The Nervous Flyer’s Companion (Summer Palace Press, 2010) .
Her poem ‘The Uses of Silk’ was longlisted for the 2013 National Poetry Competition. In 2014, she won the prestigious Segora Poetry Prize with her poem ‘From The Landing Cupboard’, adjudged the winner by Blake Morrison.
She was a contributor to and co-editor of the anthology Word of Mouth (Blackstaff, 1996) and its Russian bilingual text (St Petersburg Writers’ Union, 2004).