Tamta Melashvili was born in Ambrolauri (in the northern part of central Georgia) in 1979. After completing her secondary education she moved to the capital, Tbilisi, where she studied international relations. During a year spent in Germany, she started to write. In 2008 she completed a degree in gender studies at the Central European University in Budapest. She now lives in Georgia, where she works on gender issues. She has written about female migration (Georgian Women in Germany—Empowerment through Migration? Empowering Aspects of Female Migration, Saarbrucken 2009). She published her first stories online; some have subsequently appeared in anthologies. Her debut work Gatvla (Counting Out) was acclaimed by Georgian critics as the work of “a new, highly distinctive voice.” Tamta Melashvili is now working on a new novel.
Elizabeth Heighway is a freelance editor and translator working from Georgian and French. She holds a BA in Philosophy and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham. Her translations include Aka Morchiladze's novel Journey to Karabakh and the anthology Contemporary Georgian Fiction, both published by Dalkey Archive Press