Barbara Fairhead was born in the UK in 1939, and has lived in South Africa since 1948. She is an artist, sculptor, fiction writer, and the lyricist for the band Red Earth & Rust. She has published two books of poetry: And Now You Have Leapt Up To Swallow the Sun (1997) and Word and Bead: The Presentation of a Journey (2001). Of Death and Beauty, her first novel, was published in 2013 by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its sequel, Whereof One Cannot Speak, will be published later in 2017.