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Raja Alem is an award-winning author from Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, who has published ten novels, two plays, biographies, short stories, essays, and works for children. She has received many awards, including UNESCO’s Arab Woman’s Creative Writing award, 2005. In 2011 she was joint-winner of the IPAF Arabic novel prize for her novel (The Doves’ Necklace). She has some works published in English, Spanish and French, including My Thousand & One Nights: A Novel of Mecca (2007) and Fatma A Novel of Arabia (2003).