Zoe Antoniades was born in West London of Greek Cypriot parents. She graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in English and Drama and trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education. Zoe Antoniades has taught maths, English and the arts; working on a wide range of creative projects in partnership with the Southbank Centre, the Royal Albert Hall, the Young Vic and Polka Theatre, Music for Youth and Film Club. Zoe writes collaboratively with young people and has published four anthologies of short stories. She has also written a memoir, Tea and Baklavas, which won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize.