Anna Cole was born in south west England to Anglo-Irish/Celtic parents. As a child she migrated with her parents and siblings to live on Nyungar land in Western Australia. She began learning about Indigenous history as a student at the University of Western Australia while involved in activism around a sacred Wagyl water source. Her previous edited collections include, Uncommon Ground: White Women in Aboriginal History (with Victoria Haskins and Fiona Paisley, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2005) and Tattoo: Bodies, Art and Exchange in the Pacific and the West (with Nicholas Thomas and Bronwen Douglas, Duke University Press, 2005). Her co-written film documenting Indigenous debutante balls in urban Sydney, Dancing with the Prime Minister (November Films, 2010), was short-listed for a UN Media Peace Award. She has two young children and lives in the UK, where she teaches post-colonial history and literature at Brighton University.