Mary Montague is a biologist by background with a PhD in ornithology. Her poetry collections are Tribe (Dedalus 2008) and Black Wolf on a White Plain (Summer Palace 2001). Her poems are in a number of anthologies, most recently Her Other Language (ed. Ruth Carr & Natasha Cuddington; Arlen Press 2020), and have been translated into French, Italian and Russian. She received a Support for the Individual Artist award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2017, and was a 2019 recipient of a Poetry Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Mid-career Bursary. She contributes to The Guardian’s Country Diary. "The natural world is the core inspiration of my poetry. In an age of extinctions, to write about nature is to write about ourselves and our most pressing concerns."