Jeanette Winterson OBE was born in Manchester in 1959. She is the author of over twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Tanglewreck, Art Objects and The Stone Gods. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won her the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, and Winterson adapted the novel for television in 1990. She has also been the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E.M. Forster Award and two Lambda Literary Awards, which are given to works that explore LGBTQ issues. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.