The greatgranddaughter of Jewish refugees to Britain at the turn of the 20th century, anne blonstein was born and raised in the Home Counties — first Hertfordshire, then moving with her family to Surrey when she was 11. Before leaving Britain in 1986, she spent six years in Cambridge, where she took a degree in Natural Sciences followed by a PhD in genetics and plant breeding. She now lives in Basel, Switzerland, where she earns a living as a freelance translator and editor. She is the author of two full-length collections ("the blue pearl", Salt, 2003; "worked on screen", Poetry Salzburg, 2005), with two more forthcoming ("the butterflies and the burnings", dusie press, 2007; "memory's morning", Shearsman Books, 2008). A fourth chapbook, "hairpin loop", is just out from Bright Hill Press.

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