Josephine Hart was born and raised in Ireland. She was the first woman Director of Haymarket Publishing, presented Books by my Bedside for Thames TV, and founded Gallery Poets, now The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the British Library, and at The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, The New York Public Library and Harvard and London Universities. Her West End theatre productions include the award-winning The House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca, Noël Coward’s The Vortex, Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince, and ‘Let Us Go Then, You And I’, at the Lyric Theatre, the first ever West End production of T.S. Eliot poetry. She is the author of the novels Damage (filmed by Louis Malle), Sin (adapted by Théâtre Blu), Oblivion, The Stillest Day and The Reconstructionist (filmed by Roberto Ando). Her two poetry collections, Catching Life by the Throat (2006) and Words that Burn (2009) were sent free of charge to all secondary schools in England. Her latest novel, The Truth about Love, was published in 2009, and her first two novels – Damage and Sin – were re-published as Virago Modern Classics in 2011.