Lily Grima’s interest in folk culture dates back to her BMus(Hons) course at Goldsmiths University of London, after which she specialized in ethnomusicology for her MMus, which included researching Maltese music. She trained as a teacher at Mater Admirabilis Training College in Malta and at Digby Stuart College, University of London. She has a Diploma in Music from the Stadtische Musikschule, Trossingen, Germany and a Teachers’ Diploma in Music Education from Trinity College, London. She taught music at various levels and was appointed as Head of Music at secondary level. A chance discovery of the original 1904 publication of Stumme’s Maltese tales at the British Library led to her wish to translate the tales into English to make them widely available to readers and researchers. She currently works as a freelance Maltese-English translator and interpreter.