Erika Leijonhufvud now lives in Connaught, Ireland; one daughter by first marriage to an Irish/American. From age six sent to St. Katherine’s Anglo Catholic Orphanage for Girls, Southbourne Dorset. Formative years lived in the family home of Thespian grandparents along with parents; Italian Mother and East European Jewish father. Lived intermittently in Liguria, Italy, with Italian Grandparents; followed by two years at The London college of Fashion, entered the Rag trade as cutter/ designer. Crewed with tall ship in the Aegean. On return to UK worked as a Temp in back offices and dealing rooms of Merchant Banking corporations London, UK, finally running own company. Later company was sold. On moving to East Anglia studies in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies, Literature and Creative Writing were undertaken at Norwich University.