Selina Beety was born in Sunderland, UK, and spent a short part of her childhood in South Africa. Moving between countries at a formative age, and then growing up in a town stripped of its industries and identity, Selina developed an abiding interest in the social myths that bind and sometimes constrain individuals and communities. The need to understand the how and why of people led her into a fifteen-year career in social work, during which she had the privilege of sharing in the stories of hundreds of unique and often inspiring people. Selina’s work explores themes of identity, family and community but nature is always present as the unnamed character. Selina currently lives in West Berkshire with her husband, two children and a very demanding Border Collie.