Anne Cluysenaar was born in Belgium, the daughter of the Belgian-Scottish artist John Cluysenaar and his wife, the painter Sybil Fitzgerald Hewat. The family moved to Britain just before the outbreak of World War II and by the age of seven, Anne was committed to writing poetry. She has lectured in literature, linguistics and creative writing at (amongst other places) the universities of Manchester, Dublin, Aberdeen, Lancaster, Birmingham and Cardiff. She has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, founded two literary journals: Sheaf (still going) and Scintilla (published by the Usk Valley Vaughan Association). Amongst her titles are: as an editor, The Selected Poems of Henry Vaughan, and as a poet, Timeslips: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, 1997). She has lived in Wales for the last twenty years, running a smallholding near Usk.