Susan Curtis-Kojakovic was brought up in Dorset and received her degree in English and Art from Surrey University. Her career so far has spanned Social Work, Adult and Child Education, Writing and Translating. She has had a long relationship with South East Europe, having lived and worked at various stages of her life in Bosnia, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia. In 2010, she founded the publishing house Istros Books, with its focus on promoting works of quality contemporary literature from South East Europe in translation, children’s literature included. Susan also has an MA in Education and draws on her teaching experience in identifying and translating regional children’s literature for publication in the UK. Since its formation, Istros Books has been awarded grants from the EU Culture Fund and various national cultural institutes in support of its mission to make works of authors from neglected parts of Europe available to the English-speaking audience.