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Martina Evans considers her unlikely literary beginnings as the youngest of ten in a County Cork family: ‘I was known as a dreamer, a fumbler, a fool; if I was so busy dreaming, how did I notice so many things? My family asked this question too, even then.’

‘There are poets I love but will hesitate to read if I am in the middle of writing a poem because I know their style is infectious. ‘