Amelia Smith is a London-based journalist, writer, photographer and researcher who has travelled extensively in the Middle East and has a special interest in the region’s politics, art and culture. As part of her degree in Theology and Arabic at the University of Bristol, she studied Arabic in Alexandria, and later returned to Egypt to work as a journalist in Cairo.
While Amelia’s particular engagement is to illuminate political issues through the stories of those not normally heard, she has also interviewed leading figures such as Labour Politician Tony Benn, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, former Norwegian Foreign Minister Thorvold Stoltenberg, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri, Palestinian film director Annemarie Jacir, Palestinian writer Atef Abu Seif and former Leader of the Social and Liberal Democrats Lord David Steel.
A revised version of an investigation into forced evictions in Palestine, which she co-authored with Professor Penny Green in March 2014, was published in a special edition of the State Crime Journal, Spring 2016, and published by Pluto Journals. Amelia is a friend and associate of the International State Crime Initiative.
Her first book, The Arab Spring Five Years On, is comprised of a collection of authors who analyse the protests and their aftermath half a decade on since they flared in the region.
Amelia's journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, aljazeera.com, openDemocracy, the Nour Festival blog and she has filmed reports for the BBC’s Politics Show.
Amelia was a finalist in the 2017 Write Stuff competition at the London Book Fair.
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