Celia Hawkesworth  is emerita Senior Lecturer in Serbian and Croatian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. She has published numerous articles and several books on Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian literature, including the studies Ivo Andric: Bridge between East and West (Athlone Press, 1984); Voices in the Shadows: Women and Verbal Art in Serbia and Bosnia (CEU Press, 2000); and Zagreb: A Cultural History (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Among her many translations are two works by Dubravka Ugresic, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1998; The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, short-listed for the Weidenfeld Prize for Literary Translation, and The Culture of Lies, winner of the Heldt Prize for Translation in 1999. Her most recent translations include Dubravka Ugresic's Lend Me Your Character (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005), and Ivo Zanic's Flag on the Mountain (Saqi Books, 2007).