Mark Roper is an English poet, living in Ireland for some forty years now. His latest poetry collection Bindweed (Dedalus Press, 2017), was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A Gather of Shadow (2012) was also shortlisted for that Award and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. With photographer Paddy Dwan, he has published The River Book, The Backstrand, and Comeragh, three books of photo and text about the natural history of County Waterford. He has written two librettos for operas composed by Eric Sweeney.