Beryl Belsky was born in Dublin, and grew up in Australia where she studied East Asian Studies at the Australian National University. She spent a year in Japan working as a representative of the Australian government, and several years in England. Beryl has worked for some 30 years as an academic editor at Tel Aviv University in Israel, where she now lives.
Although her work is unrelated to the Asia arena, she has kept in touch by reading a wide variety of Asian literature and literature about Asia. In addition, in order to develop her writing skills beyond that of rewriting for others, she launched, in early 2011, The Asia Collection, which offers the Western reader glimpses into some lesser known aspects of Asia, as well as into subjects connected to the region that are of interest to Beryl personally. In early 2012, she set up the website The Writer’s Drawer, which is intended as an intercultural showcase for writers of all kinds and from all nations. Beryl also provides free editing support to non-native English speakers wishing to submit creative pieces to the site. November 2013 saw the release of the anthology Beryl compiled and edited from the website, A Certain Kind of Freedom: Stories and Poems from The Writer’s Drawer. It features the work of 32 writers from almost all parts of the globe.