Lerah Mae Barcenilla is a writer and poet who grew up in Cuartero, Capiz in the Philippines full of magic, superstition and tradition before moving to the UK. Her work explores Filipino mythologies and folklore, the violence and delight in transformation, and the shapeshifting capability of words. Her writing has appeared in Harana Poetry, with Verve Poetry Press, was Highly Commended in The Literary Consultancy’s PEN Factor Award–Novel (2021) and won the Creative Future Writers Award–Platinum Poetry (2022). She has a short story forthcoming in Fly On The Wall Press’ Modern Gothic anthology (2024). In November 2023 she came second place in the FAB Prize for her YA fantasy The Babaylan Sisterhood.
(C) Moira Barcenilla