Christine Harrison was born on the Isle of Wight. She lives and writes on the west coast of Wales, which has been her home for many years. Her award winning short fiction has brought her national acclaim and recognition. She won the Cosmopolitan Short Story Award with 'La Scala Inflammata' which was then published in an anthology, The Best of Cosmopolitan Fiction, and she has been a contributor to many anthologies of women's writing from Wales including Power and All Shall be Well. The Fig and the Flute Player was previously published in 1994 by Macmillan, under the title Airy Cages. Christine Harrison gratefully acknowledges the support of Literature Wales in the writing of this novel.