AhDaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif is a novelist and an academic. Her fiction includes Aisha (1983), In the Eye of the Sun (1992), Sandpiper (1996) and The Map of Love (1999) which was shortlisted for the Booker prize, translated into 16 languages and has sold close to a million copies in England alone. Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground (2004) is a collection of her political and cultural essays. She is also the translator, from Arabic into English, of Mourid Barghouti's memoir, I Saw Ramallah. In 2008 Ahdaf Soueif initiated the first Palestine Festival of Literature, of which she is the founding chair. Ms Soueif is a regular contributor to newspapers, journals, television, and radio in the UK, the USA, and the Arab world and in January 2012 she published Cairo: My City, Our Revolution - a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution.