Gillian Swain spent her childhood exploring the Lake Macquarie waterfront and has lived in Newcastle, Northern NSW and Ghana. She studied at the University of Newcastle and has been writing poetry for many years. Gillian has appeared as the feature poet at several events in the Hunter Region, Sydney and the NSW north coast. Gillian’s poetry is published in A Slow Combusting Hymn (ASM and Cerberus Press, 2014), The Grieve Anthology (Vol 2, Hunter Writers Centre, 2014) and Brew: 30 years of Poetry at the Pub (2018). Gillian’s poems also appear in annual Poetry at the Pub anthologies and the Australian Poetry Collaboration (#28, 2019). She is currently the poet in residence at Organic Feast café and (by invitation) holds poetry workshops for primary and high school students at Linuwel Steiner School. My Skin its own Sky is her second published work following Sang Up (Picaro Press, 2001). Gillian lives in East Maitland with her husband and their four children, where they run their successful coffee roasting business, River Roast.