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Eeva Kilpi (b. 1928) spent her childhood in Karelia, the part of Finland ceded to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War. She taught English before becoming a full-time writer in 1959. She has been Chair of Finnish PEN, and has received many prizes and honours for poetry and novels translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hungarian, Polish and Greek and all the main Scandinavian languages.