Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestseller novel, “The Map of Love” (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into 28 languages), as well as the well-loved “In the Eye of the Sun” and the collection of short stories, “I Think of You”. Ms Soueif is also a political and cultural commentator. A collection of her essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, was published in 2004, as was her translation (from Arabic 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, Ms Soueif founded Engaged Events, a UK based charity. Its first project is the Palestine Festival of Literature. Ms Soueif has recently edited Reflections on Islamic Art (BQFP: 2011). Her account of Egyptian events, “Cairo: my City, our Revolution”, was published in January 2012. She is a recipient of the Metropolis Bleu and the Constantin Cavafy Awards (2012) and the first recipient of the Mahmoud Darwish Award (2010).
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