Tom Paulin was born in Leeds, raised in Belfast, educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford, Tom has published 8 collections of poetry, as well as Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt’s Radical Style and most recently, Crusoe’s Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent. His most recent collection of poems is The Road to Inver (2004). Well known for his appearances on the BBC’s Newsnight Review, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.
Bernard O’Donoghue was born in Co. Cork, Ireland, he is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, where he teaches Medieval English. He has published 4 collections of poetry; The Weakness (1991), Gunpowder, winner of the 1995 Whitbread Award for Poetry, Here Nor There (1999) and Outliving (2003).
Meg Harris Williams is a writer and artist with a lifelong psychoanalytic education. She read English at Cambridge and Oxford and her first book to marry poetic and psychoanalytic epistemologies was Inspiration in Milton and Keats (1981). Since then she has continued to write on the poetic origins of psychoanalytic thinking and the aesthetic implications for psychoanalysis, in many books and articles including A Strange Way of Killing (1987), The Apprehension of Beauty (1988), The Chamber of Maiden Thought (1992), The Vale of Soulmaking: the post Kleinian model of the mind (2005). Her most recent books are The Aesthetic Development: the poetic spirit of psychoanalysis and Bion’s Dream (forthcoming Karnac 2009). She is editor of The Harris Meltzer Trust