Alice Guthrie has been studying Arabic formally and informally since 1997, most notably at Exeter University and l'Institut Français d'Etudes Arabes de Damas (now IFPO). She has been publishing translations of media, academic and literary Arabic texts since 2008 with a range of US and UK presses and venues. Her translations of contemporary Syrian and Palestinian fiction often focus on work written in spoken dialect – a radical anti-hegemonic art form.