Susanne Ehrhardt grew up in Germany and came to Britain as a young adult. She took a degree in Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and qualified as a medical doctor from Cambridge University. She worked with non-government and government health programmes in Bangladesh, and subsequently as a health adviser with Oxfam’s long-term health projects, as well as in humanitarian emergencies. She had been living with the English language for twenty years before the first poem arrived. Rumpelstiltskin’s Price is her first collection.