I am grateful for the support of Principal Kerry Harkin, Deputy Principal Seán Costelloe and all my friends and students in Presentation Secondary School Milltown. For all the books, midnight readings and endless belief and patience, thank you to the Fitzgerald and Kennefick families in this world and the next: my beloved parents, Robert and Úna, my brilliant sisters, Louise (my first editor), Fiona, Suzi and their families. My brother Stephen and his family. To Donal (Dods), Peadar, Nora, Cáit, Bernie, Colm, Joe, Gerald and to all my Margarets on both sides, to the Murphy clan, my love and appreciation always. I am so lucky. For time, space and encouragement thank you to Jo and Harry, and Kate. Thank you to Noel O’Regan for reading, and re-reading, and re-reading with such sensitivity and care. I owe you several! Here’s to Braintrust! To the English Literature Society UCC and AFKAM back in the day – cheers, love and poetry forever. A big shout out to the Munster Literature Centre for the many opportunities extended to me and their continued support. My sincere gratitude and love to all at Listowel Writers’ Week, thank you for making this blow-in feel like she belongs. Long may you reign! To my gorgeous husband David, ‘whatever is done / By only me is your doing, my darling’. And sweet Vivienne, you were right, as always. I love you both so much.