Vesna Goldsworthy was born in Belgrade but has lived in London since 1986. She writes in English, her third language. Two of her internationally bestselling books, a memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries, and a novel, Gorsky, were serialised for the BBC. Her award-winning poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika, was the Times Poetry Book of the Year. Her recent novel, Iron Curtain, is one of the Times’ Best Books of 2022. A former BBC World Service journalist, she is currently professor in creative writing at UEA and the University of Exeter. She became Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2021.