Joanna Woods was born in the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and a Masters in African Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Between 2008 and 2012, Joanna undertook several research trips in southern Africa, including Malawi. Her interest in ideas about home stems from her own experiences of being in and out of place. She is a literary enthusiast, and is especially attentive to that which emanates from Africa.