Anitha Thampi was born in 1968 and is based at Thiruvananthapuram, the southern tip of India, in the state of Keralam. She has been publishing poetry in Malayalam since 1987 and her first collection of selected poems, Muttamadikkumpol (Sweeping the Front yard), was published in 2004. Her second collection, Azhakillaathavayellam (All that are bereft of beauty), followed in 2010. Her translations include the work of Australian poet Les Murray, published in a bilingual edition in 2007. Her own work has been translated into English, French, German, Swedish and Indian languages: Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Hindi, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati. She currently lives in Mumbai where she is working as a research scholar at IIT Bombay. Anitha was invited by the Exchange to participate in creative translation workshops organised as part of Wales Arts International/British Council's Writers' Chain project in 2011. Translations of her work into Welsh can be read in a special supplement published by the Exchange in partnership with the literary review, Taliesin.