Esa Aldegheri is a multilingual writer and academic from Scotland and Italy. Her poetry has appeared in various anthologies – most recently in Umbrellas of Edinburgh, 2020 edition – and was highly commended for the 2019 Gingko Ecopoetry Prize. Her prose has been published by Granta, Gutter, the Dangerous Women Project and has featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’. She is completing an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow, researching forced migration, encounter, integration and story exchange. She is a Lead Reader for Open Book, sharing and making poetry with women from Syria in Edinburgh. She loves reading maps and climbing trees.