Dorina Papaliou grew up in Athens. She read History at Brown University and received an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. She is the author of two novels, short stories, non-fiction and children’s books. Her novel A Certain Quality of Light (Ikaros), was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL), 2014 and longlisted for the Athens Prize for Literature, 2014. Gutter (Kedros) received the IBBY AWARD, 2008 and is under option for a film adaptation by Argonauts Productions S.A.