Hermann Spindler was born in 1954 in Germany. After working in the metal industry, he retrained as a chef. Working in various locations in Germany and Switzerland, he moved to the Lukas Clinic in Arlesheim, where he has worked for more than fifteen years. He offers cooking classes in Switzerland and Italy, and leads an apprenticeship course at the Lukas Clinic.
Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer's Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.