Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian-born novelist, journalist and political commentator. Her literary work has generated international acclaim, and her novel The Map of Love was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1999. She was an organiser of the May 2008 Palestine Festival of Literature and wrote a moving account of the group’s experience for the Guardian. She has lectured and written frequently on Palestinian issues. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a patron of Index on Censorship.