Deborah Alma was born in North London. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Keele University, teaches at the University of Worcester and works with people with dementia and at the end of their lives using poetry. She teaches creative writing and is also Emergency Poet in her 1970s ambulance. She is the editor of The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology (Michael O’Mara Books, 2015). She is half-Indian and lives in Powys.