Victoria Brittain is a journalist and author and a founding member of PalFest. She has lived and worked in Saigon, Algiers, Nairobi, Washington and London, and travelled frequently in the Middle East and Central America. She worked at The Guardian for 20 years, and writes for several French and English language publications. Her books include Death of Dignity: Angola’s Civil War, and Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror. She is on the Council of the Institute of Race Relations and a trustee of the annual Palestine Book Awards.