Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka and has lived in Canada since 1963. His books include The Cat’s Table, Anil’s Ghost, The English Patient, In the Skin of a Lion, and Coming Through Slaughter, a memoir called Running in the Family, The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film and Warlight, published 2018. His collections of poetry include The Cinnamon Peeler and Handwriting.
He attended the 2014 Palestine Festival of Literature.
“What we witnessed in the Palestinian Territories – in Hebron, in Jerusalem, in Haifa, and other cities – during our time there with PalFest was an almost complete erasure of human rights – the rights of movement, the rights of ownership, of homes and land. The humiliations and limitations of Palestinians were so blunt and evident one cannot believe that they still exist in our 21st century, and till continue unimpeded and unprotested.”