Talal Abu Shawish is a Palestinian writer. He was born in Nuseirat Refugee Camp in 1967, and is currently Assistant Director of the Boys Preparatory School for Refugees in Gaza. He has published three short story collections – The Rest Are Not For Sale and The Assassination of a Painting (2010), and Goodbye, Dear Prophets (2011) – as well as three novels: We Deserve a Better Death (2012), Middle Eastern Nightmares (2013), and Seasons of Love and Blood (2014). His work has won three awards (The Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Story Competition in 1996 and 1997, and The Italian Sea That Connects Award, 1998). Abu Shawish was President of the Association of New Prospects for Community Development between 2007 and 2011, and is a member of the Palestinian Writers Union.