Claudia CJ Fratini was born in South Africa. She is a graduate of the University of Pretoria where she received her BA degree majoring in English, French and Psychology. In 1998 she obtained an Honours degree in English and in 2003 she completed her Masters. From 1997 to 1998 she taught English both at the University of Pretoria as well as at private schools in Pretoria. From 1999 she was involved in the field of cultural promotion and development through the Italian Institute of Culture in Pretoria, Cultural Office of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is currently a lecturer at the University of South Africa in the Department of Classics and World Languages.