Born in Pakistan, Imtiaz Dharker grew up a Muslim Calvinist in a Lahori household in Glasgow and eloped with a Hindu Indian to live in Bombay. She is now making a new life between India, London and Wales. She is an accomplished artist and documentary film-maker, and all her books, Postcards from god (including Purdah) (Bloodaxe, 1997), I Speak for the Devil (Bloodaxe, 2001) and The terrorist at my table (Bloodaxe, 2006), include her own drawings. Leaving Fingerprints (2009) and Over the Moon (2014) are also published by Bloodaxe. She was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014.