Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into 28 languages), as well as In the Eye of the Sun and the collection of short stories I Think of You. A collection of her essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, was published in 2004, as was her translation into English of Mourid Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah. She writes regularly for the Guardian in the UK and has a weekly column (in Arabic) in al-Shorouk in Egypt. In 2007 she founded the charity Engaged Events. Its first project is the Palestine Festival of Literature.
Ahdaf recently edited Reflections on Islamic Art (BQFP: 2011). Her account of Egyptian events, Cairo: my City, our Revolution, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2012 and an updated edition will be published in the USA by Knopf in 2014. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Lancaster and is a recipient of several honorary doctorates from UK universities. She has also received the Metropolis Bleu and the Constantin Cavafy Awards (2012) and was the first recipient of the Mahmoud Darwish Award (2010).
Ahdaf was recently named by the Guardian as ‘one of the 100 people with most influence on the English reading public’, and by Arabian Business as ‘one of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab world today.’