Heather Steed is an author and artist working in London and Extremadura, Spain. She trained at Central St Martins School of Art and Goldsmiths College UCL and has a background in fine art, education and theatre. She has performed as a Punch and Judy Professor and produced puppet plays for the London International Festival of Puppetry and the Royal Shakespeare Company Fringe Festival. She taught in Tower Hamlets and worked for many years for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre. She is currently a working artist and studio holder in a busy South London Artists' Co-operative, Lewisham Art House.