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was born in Bognor Regis, England, and educated at Oxford University, from where she has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy and an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. She has been a staff writer on Arab Report and Record, and on the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED), business editor of Middle East magazine, and has written for a number of years for Al-Hayat newspaper based in London.
She is a freelance journalist specialising in Middle East cultural affairs, and runs the successful Tanjara blogspot (http://thetanjara.blogspot.co.uk/). She is a trustee of the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature, a consulting editor of Banipal magazine and a regular book reviewer.