Nora Alleyn (1933-2011) grew up in a bicultural family in Quebec City. Following a B.A. in languages at McGill University, she joined the Department of External Affairs and lived in Europe and the Middle East. She studied translation at Laval, McGill and the Université de Montréal, and creative writing at the National University of Ireland (Galway), Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (U. of Vermont), Summer Film Institute (Massachussetts), and West Word (U.B.C.). An indefatigable believer in the power of translation, Nora translated several books for Guernica Editions, including Carole David’s The Place Where Your Soul Dwells and Unholy Stories.