Conceição Lima was born in Santana on the island of São Tomé in 1961. She studied journalism in Portugal and worked in radio, television, and the press in São Tomé. In 1993 she founded the independent weekly O Pais Hoje. She lives in London and works as a journalist and producer of Portuguese language materials for the BBC. She has published poems in periodicals, magazines and anthologies in several countries and is the author of the collections O Útero da Casa (Lisbon: Editorial Caminho, 2004) and A Dolorosa Raiz do Micondó (Lisbon: Editorial Caminho, 2006).
Amanda Hopkins is a visiting professor at City University London and Manchester University. Previously she was professor of literary translation and director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia. She translates from Spanish, Portuguese, and French, focusing mainly on contemporary fiction from Latin America. Her translations include Dead Horsemeat by Dominique Manotti (cotranslated with Ros Schwartz, Arcadia 2006); Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia (Granta, 2003), Paulo Coelho’s Devil and Miss Prym (HarperCollins, 2002), and transcripts for her monographs on the Latin American photographers Martin Chambi (Phaidon, 2001) and Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Phaidon, 2002). She is currently writing A History of Mexican Photography (Reaktion Books, forthcoming), and cotranslating Rodolfo Fogwill’s Los Pichiciegos with Nick Caistor (Serpent’s Tail, forthcoming).