Lucie Campos was born in Dublin and raised in Paris. She is the director of the Villa Gillet, France's centre for international writing and the home of Assises Internationales du Roman and Mode d'Emploi. As a lecturer in comparative literature she has written about Sebald, Kertész, Coetzee, Beckett and Kafka, and edited several collective volumes on fiction and history in the 20th century. She has spent the last eight years between London and Paris engaged in developing and creating projects to promote literature in translation and to bring more writers in translation into festivals, schools, and public debate, for institutions such as the Institut français and the Collège de France. As head of books at the French Institute in London from 2014 to 2019, she created the annual Beyond Words Festival as well as projects such as the European Writers’ Tour and Franco-German Triangular Talks, while coordinating the Burgess translation fund and the South Ken Kids Festival.