Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was among the most influential authors of the twentieth century and a key figure of post-colonial literature. He was the author of over twenty books, most notably Things Fall Apart, which became an international best-seller and a modern classic. He received numerous honours and honorary doctorates, including the Nigerian National Merit Award and the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. In 2008 he became a patron of the Palestine Festival of Literature in its inaugural year.
His comments, on becoming a patron, are re-published in This Is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature.