Ahdaf Soueif is the Founding Chair of the Palestine Festival of Literature.
She is a novelist, journalist and public intellectual for whom Palestine has always held a central role – both in her work and in her life. In her novels of the 1990s the ongoing colonization of the region is the historical environment against which all action is played out. During the Second Intifada her reportage for the Guardian was groundbreaking and since 2008 she has designed and developed PalFest as a cultural intervention into the ongoing siege of Palestinian physical and intellectual life.
Her latest essay, on Jerusalem, appeared This Is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature.