William Heinesen (1900-1991) was born in Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, the son of a Danish mother and Faroese father, and he was equally at home in both languages. Although he spent most of his life in the Faroe Islands he chose to write in Danish as he felt it offered him greater inventive freedom. Internationally known as a poet and a novelist he made his living as an artist. His paintings range from large-scale murals in public buildings, through oil to pen sketches, caricatures and collages.
Emeritus Professor of Scandinavian Literature at the University of East Anglia he is the world's foremost authority on the novels of William Heinesen. His many translations from Danish include 4 novels by William Heinesen.