Irena Kobald was born in an Austrian mountain village. She always wanted to see the big, wide world and loves travelling. As an adult she has lived in several different countries, including the former USSR, and has always been fascinated by different languages, cultures, religions and people. Kobald has made Australia home for more than half her life, but considers herself equally at home in both Australia and Austria. She currently lives in the desert regions of the Northern Territory of Australia where she works as a teacher of Indigenous students.