Carole Satyamurti is a poet and social scientist. She has published six collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Countdown (Bloodaxe, 2011). Her work has been widely anthologised, and has won numerous awards, including first prize in the National Poetry Competition, 1986, and a Cholmondeley Award in 2000. She was joint winner of the inaugural Roehampton Poetry Prize in 2015. Her retelling of the great Indian epic poem, The Mahabharata, was undertaken in the strong belief that this masterpiece of world literature deserves to be more widely known among Western readers. Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling is published by W.W. Norton.