Omar Robert Hamilton's debut novel, The City Always Wins, was published in 2017. An account of the rise and fall of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, it has been critically acclaimed and awarded prizes in the UK and France. 

As a filmmaker his work is in both documentary and fiction. His fiction short, Though I Know the River is Dry (2013) was awarded prizes at Rotterdam and Abu Dhabi Film Festivals and a nominee for best short film at the European Film Awards. As a documentarian he worked as part of the the Mosireen media collective in Cairo, of which he was a co-founder, producing dozens of short documentaries from the Egyptian revolution that were viewed millions of times online. 

He is a co-founder of the annual Palestine Festival of Literature and a co-editor of This Is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature (2017).

He writes semi-regularly for Egypt's Mada Masr and has twice reported from the European refugee crisis: in 2015 for Guernica, in 2017 for n+1.

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