Sonia Nimr

2024 Judge

Judge Profile: 

Sonia Nimr is a Palestinian writer, researcher and academic, born in Jenin in 1955. She is Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine, and is known for her distinguished contributions to academic research in the fields of oral history and collective memory. She has published over 24 books for children and young adults and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Etisalat Award at the Sharjah Festival in 2014, for Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands (2013). Her novel Thunderbird (2016) won the 2018 Sharjah Reading Festival Prize, and three of her books appeared on the Honour List of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) based in Switzerland, in 2004, 2014 and 2023. Her work has been translated into Danish, English, Farsi, French Portuguese, Slovenian and Spanish, among other languages. Nimr has been nominated for several prestigious international prizes, such as Sweden’s Astrid Lindgren Award (2016, 2018 and 2022) and IBBY’s Hans Christian Andersen Award (2016).