Constantia Soteriou was born in Nicosia in 1975. Her debut novel, Aishe Goes on Vacation (Patakis 2015), won the Athens Prize for Literature. Her second book, Voices Made of Soil (Patakis 2017), was shortlisted by the Cyprus Literature Awards. Both Aishe Goes on Vacation and Voices Made of Soil were shortlisted for the Greek and Cypriot National Book Awards. Her short story, ‘Death Customs,’ translated into English by Lina Protopapa, was the winner of the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Bitter Country, her most recent book, was published by Patakis in Autumn 2019. She also wrote plays for independent stages and the Cyprus Theater Organization.