Born in London and raised in rural Norfolk, UK, Alice Guthrie is a freelance translator, writer, editor, and researcher who has been studying Arabic formally and informally since 1997, most notably at Exeter University in the UK and l’Institut Français d'Etudes Arabes de Damas (now IFPO) in Syria. Since 2008 her translations of contemporary literature from across the Arab world have been published by various UK and US presses and venues. Diverse academic and media translations have appeared in international online and print media, and her own occasional English-language journalistic work has been featured by the Guardian and the BBC. Since 2015 she has been the producer and curator of the literary strand of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, London’s biennial festival of Arab arts and culture. She also edits Arabic-English translations for various presses, including London’s Darf Books.