Kamila Shamsie was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. Her most recent novel, Home Fire, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018. It was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award, and won the London Hellenic Prize. She is the author of six previous novels including Burnt Shadows, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and A God in Every Stone, shortlisted for the Women’s Bailey’s Prize and the Walter Scott Prize. Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. Kamila Shamsie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist in 2013. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester and lives in London.

Omar Robert Hamilton is a novelist and filmmaker working between Europe and the Arab world. Born in London, he moved to Cairo with the outbreak of revolution in 2011, establishing a media collective with fellow filmmakers to document the uprising from ground level, producing dozens of short documentaries that generated millions of views. His first novel, The City Always Wins, based on those experiences, was published by Faber & Faber in 2017, and in translation across the major European languages. It was named a Book of the Year by the Boston Globe and awarded the Society of Authors prize for Best Debut Under 35 and the Prix de Littérature by the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. He wrote and directed Though I Know the River is Dry, a short fiction shot in Palestine starring Kais Nashef (Paradise Now) which took the Prix UIP at Rotterdam, Best Short at Abu Dhabi, and was nominated for Best Short at the European Film Awards. He is a co-founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, an annual festival that takes place in cities across Palestine and a co-editor of the Selected Works of Egyptian political prisoner, Alaa Abd el-Fattah. Over the last several years he has spent time in various points on the migration path through Europe, writing for Guernica and n+1 and working on an upcoming novel to be published by Faber & Faber.