Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter and author. She is a columnist for SBS Life and The New Arab, and has written for ELLE, Frankie, Daily Life, Sheilas and Junkee. Amal has also produced for ABC Radio National. Amal is the author of four books, including two novels – Courting Samira and This is How You Get Better – a book of essays and columns called The Incidental Muslim, and the non-fiction book Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women, a work of non-fiction that explores the lives of Arab women both in Australia and in the Arab world. Amal is currently working on her next book, a work of non-fiction that delves into the experiences of ageing and illness.