Lidija Dimkovska was born in 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia. She is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. She has published six books of poetry and three novels, translated in more than twenty languages. Her novels Hidden Camera (2004) and A Spare Life (2012) received the award of the Writers’ Union of Macedonia for the best prose book of the year. A Spare Life also received the European Union Prize for Literature (2013) and was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award 2017. In 2016 she published her third novel, Non-Oui, which was shortlisted for the award of the Writers’ Union of Macedonia for the best prose book of the year and for the international literary award Balkanika. Her interview with Michelle Johnson appeared in the November 2016 issue of WLT.