Alan McConnell Duff was born in 1942 in Ireland. He spent his childhood in South Africa, but left for England after high school to attend the University of Cambridge. As a freelance writer and translator, he worked primarily in France, the former Yugoslavia, India, and, after 1991, in Slovenia. He wrote several radio plays and books on translating and teaching English. He published more than twenty short stories, which have been translated into French, Hungarian, Spanish and Slovenian. His massive translation opus spans many areas, including: literature, history, natural and cultural heritage, art, photography, contemporary Slovenian drama, and science. He translated such famous Slovenian authors as Boris A. Novak, Ivo Svetina, Evald Flisar, Drago Jančar, Josip Osti, Svetlana Makarovič, and others. He also translated Miroslav Krleža, Aleksandar Popović and Goran Stefanovski. He received the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, The Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award for his short story “The Comrades Marathon,” and the Trubar Foundation Award for his literary translations. He died in 2012 in Ljubljana.