Christine Marendon (1964–) grew up bilingual (German and Italian), studied Italian in Erlangen and Siena, and graduated in 1999 with a thesis on Italian women writers in the nineteenth century. After working as a translator and publicist for some years in her native Bavaria, she now lives in Hamburg where she works with children with special needs.
Ken Cockburn (1960–) is a poet and translator based in Edinburgh, where he worked for many years at the Scottish Poetry Library. He was the first writer-inresidence at the John Murray Archive, National Library of Scotland, and was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Literary Translation 2008. A selection of his translations of contemporary German poems appeared as Feathers and Lime, while Snapdragon collects his versions of Arne Rautenberg’s poems. His own collections include Souvenirs and Homelands, On the flyleaf, The Road North (with Alec Finlay) and Floating the Woods.