Chris Kennedy. Born Ilkey, Yorkshire, 1942. Educated in Scotland. In the early 1960’s, while visiting Morocco, he decided to drop out of university—Edinburgh, where he had been reading philosophy—and in 1968 he settled in the Balearic islands, first on Ibiza and then Formentera, an island that would influence his novel, Keepers of the Western Forest. During most of this time, he lived by making music; over the years, he has written many songs and lyrics. Since leaving Spain in the mid-1980’s, he has worked as a tranlator and has published surreal comic strips in collaboration with artist Ronald Cornelissen. He has two children, a daughter born in Edinburgh and a son born on Formentera. His wife, Ivonne, writes and illustrates children’s books.