Anwar Hamed is a Palestinian novelist, critic and poet, born in the village of Anabta in the West Bank in 1957. He began writing early and from the beginning of the 1970s published his first short stories and poetry in the literary pages of Palestinian daily newspapers such as Al-Quds and Al-Fajr. He has an MA in literary theory and his novels have been published in Arabic and Hungarian (some were originally written in Hungarian), including Stones of Pain, Scheherazade Tells Tales No More and Of Cracked Bridges and Grounded Birds. He has published dozens of articles of literary criticism. He has lived and worked in London since 2004 and is a member of Bush Writers, the society of writers who have worked for the BBC since it was established, and whose previous members include Tayyeb Saleh and George Orwell.