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Acknowledgements are due to the editors of: NW 14: The Anthology of New Writing, Volume 14 (Granta Books and the British Council, 2006), Parameter, PN Review, Poetry London, The Bridport Prize Anthology 2004 (Sansom and Company), Signs and Humours: The Poetry of Medicine (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2007) and to the Guardian feature ‘Exit Wounds’, 25 July 2009. Thank you.

Thanks also to the Nes Artists Residency in Iceland, and the people of Skagaströnd for their kindness and hospitality, and the opportunity to spend a month on their beautiful peninsula.

Acknowledgements and thanks to Jenni Molloy, composer and musician, who collaborated with me in adapting the Malarchy sequence into a performance piece. Also to Sheila Tilmouth, artist and photographer, for the cover photo.

Thanks to Lynn Alderson, Zetta Bear, Ruth Bowen, Stephanie Bowgett, John Duffy, Mair Felix, Sheila Kershaw, Anne Landsman, Olwen May, Chris Preddle and all the members of the Albert Poetry Workshop for their encouragement, careful reading, and invaluable feedback.

To Lyn Romeo and Linda Anderson for lending me their peaceful homes to write in.

To the editors of Carcanet, Michael Schmidt and Judith Willson, my thanks and appreciation.

Lastly, I am grateful to the poet Linda Chase. I remember with thanks her generosity, comradeship and open-hearted encouragement.

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