Jennifer Compton was born in Wellington in 1949, and ventured as far as Australia in 1972. Until her children were born in the 80s she was trans-Tasman, winning the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award for a short story in the late 70s, being the writer in residence at the University of Canterbury, and, courtesy of the Stately Tree Fund, spending time living by the Hungaroa River in Martinborough. Village life fascinates her, and ‘Landscaping’ is one of a series inspired by the small hamlet of Wingellowhere she lived with her family until recently. She returned from her tenure in Randell Cottage in Wellington in 2008 to live in the village of Upwey on the outskirts of Melbourne. At this present time she is writing poetry, finishing a collection of travel memoir/creative non-fiction called The Wrong Side Of The Road, and working on a novel which is set in the Wairarapa. Her stage play, The Big Picture, which premièred in Sydney and was mounted by Circa Theatre, is receiving a production in Perth in 2009.