Nicoletta Demetriou was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. Before coming to the UK, she lived and studied in Thessaloniki (Greece) and Vienna, and holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London. As a singer of Cypriot folksong she performed in small villages around Cyprus, while doing fieldwork for her research. She is currently working on a biographical study of Lawrence Durrell and the years he spent in Cyprus, for which she was awarded the 2010 Lorna Sage Memorial Fund Research Project Award. In 2011-12 Nicoletta will be writing her book in Oxford, where she will hold the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St. Antony’s College.