Vesna Maric was born in Mostar in 1976. She left Bosnia-Herzegovina when she was sixteen on a convoy of Bosnian refugees heading to the Lake District, later moving to Hull and Exeter. She studied Czech literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides and a variety of journalism for publications including Time Outand BBC Online. An excerpt from Bluebird won a Decibel Penguin Prize for new writing in 2007. Vesna Maric lives in London and is currently writing her first novel.