Rachel Connor is a former lecturer in English and American literature and the author of H.D. and the image (Manchester University Press). She once had stints of driving around northern France in a Renault Clio, supervising people putting up tents for a camping holiday company. She has cleaned hotel bedrooms in Australia and contributed to a zoological project on dik-dik (antelopes) in northern Kenya. These days, Rachel combines writing with her work for the Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank – once home to the poet Ted Hughes – which runs residential courses for writers.