Colm O'Baoill was born in the City of Armagh in 1938 and educated there, as well as at Queen's University, Belfast. He was Assistant Lecturer in Celtic at Queen's in 1962 and Lecturer in Celtic at Aberdeen University in 1966.
Meg Bateman was born in Edinburgh in 1959. She lectures at Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, where she teaches literature and philosophy through the medium of Gaelic. She learned Gaelic in South Uist and the University of Aberdeen where she taught for many years. Her poetry is included in numerous anthologies such as the 'Penguin Book of Scottish Verse' and the 'Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945'. She has translated and co-edited anthologies of Gaelic medieval, 17th century and religious verse. Her two collections, 'Aotromachd / Lightness' and 'Soirbheas / Fair Wind', both published by Polygon, were shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year award in 1997 and 2007.