Omar Robert Hamilton is an award-winning author and film-maker.

A contributor to the Guardian, the London Review of Books and Egypt’s Mada Masr, he was a founding member of the Mosireen Collective, an activist media group that worked to document the Egyptian uprising from the street level, making dozens of short documentaries that were viewed over six million times on their official YouTube channel alone.

His first novel The City Always Wins drew from these experiences, was published by Faber & Faber in 2017, named a Book of the Year by the Boston Globe and won other key European awards.

He wrote and directed Though I Know the River is Dry, a short film shot in Palestine which took the Prix UIP at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film the European Film Awards.

Over the last five years Omar has spent time in various points on the migration path through Europe, volunteering and translating. He wrote on his experiences for n+1 and Guernica - and now they have formed the basis for Container.

He is a co-founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, an annual festival that takes place in cities across Palestine.

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