Judith Forsyth (née Instone) was born in Worsley, Manchester in 1942. After university she taught geography for over 20 years at Manchester High School for Girls. Judith took an active part in the life of the school organising field trips and expeditions, and enjoyed a sabbatical six month long stay in India. She left to marry and moved to Germany. Once there, she lectured at an American university and was a freelance editor for a scientific publisher. A keen hillwalker and cyclist she enjoys the German way of life especially touring by bike and on foot through the country and its neighbours.