Deborah Spring recently completed her MA in Biography and Non-Fiction writing at the University of East Anglia. She writes about women’s history, garden history and gardening. After a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, Deborah worked as an academic publisher. Moving into a house with a large overgrown garden, she signed up for horticulture courses at Capel Manor, discovered garden history, and went on to complete an MA in the subject at Birkbeck. She has written about sixteenth- century gardens, and undertaken research for the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust (HGT), contributing to and editing a book Hertfordshire Garden History: Gardens pleasant, groves delicious (2012). She is still an active member of the HGT research team. Currently working on the biography of a learned woman of the sixteenth century, Deborah was shortlisted for the 2016 Tony Lothian prize for the best proposal for a first biography.