Kirsten Krauth is an author and arts journalist, poet and podcaster – and the commissioning editor of Into Your Arms: Nick Cave’s Songs Reimagined. Her latest novel, Almost a Mirror, is set around the Crystal Ballroom scene in St Kilda in the 1980s and features Nick Cave in a cameo role. It was shortlisted for the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award and Penguin Literary Prize, and named in The Guardian’s Best 20 Books of 2020. The novel was developed into a successful podcast and festival live show, exploring ’80s pop and post-punk songs. Kirsten has written a suite of poems responding to Nick Cave’s lyrics and Michael Wolfe’s photographs, with one of the poems, ‘Pencils From Heaven’, judged runner-up/ highly commended in the 2021 Blake Poetry Prize. Her PhD in Creative Writing, which featured an essay on Nick Cave, was awarded the Stephen Parker medal for Most Outstanding PhD at the University of Canberra.