Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo. She
is the author of Aisha, Sandpiper,
In the Eye of the Sun and the bestselling novel The Map
of Love which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999.
Her collection of cultural and political essays, Mezzaterra,
was published in 2004, as was her translation of I Saw Ramallah by
Mourid Barghouti. She is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature,
Ahdaf Soueif is also a journalist and her work is syndicated throughout the
world. For the last five years she has been a key political commentator on
Egypt and Palestine, and throughout the 2011 uprisings in Cairo Adhaf Soueif
reported front the ground for the Guardian, and appeared on
television and radio. She lives in London and Cairo.