Arne Ruste was born in Gudbrandsdalen and lives in Son, a small fishing village in the neighbourhood of Oslo. One of the most prominent contemporary Norwegian poets, he has worked in publishing and as editor of Poesi Magasin, as well as teaching and reviewing. Since his debut in 1973, he has published several collections of poetry, including Indre Krets ('Inner Circle'), which was awarded the prestigious Norwegian Poetryclub-prize on its publication in 1999.
Ruste is also known for his translations, notably of Ted Hughes’s Crow and Birthday Letters. Among his other translations are versions of Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew, and Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo and Room on a Broom.