Julia Sherwoord was born and grew up in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic). After studying English and Slavonic languages and literature in Cologne, London and Munich she settled in the UK. She spent more than 20 years working in the NGO sector, travelling widely in Central and Eastern Europe and the former USSR. From 2008 to 2014 she lived in North Carolina, and since 2008 has been working as a freelance translator from Slovak, Czech, Polish, Russian and German into English (with Peter Sherwood), as well as into Slovak. She is editor-at-large for Slovakia for Asymptote, the international online literary journal. Her Czech translations include Petra Procházková’s Freshta and excerpts from Radka Denemarková’s A Contribution to the History of Joy.