In 2013, Annabel Kantaria won the inaugural Montegrappa Writing Prize at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and went on to secure a contract to write three commercial novels, followed by a second three-book contract with HQ Stories at Harper Collins UK. She currently has four published novels, and her fifth, The House of Whispers, will be published in March 2021 under the pseudonym Anna Kent.
Annabel has a degree in psychology from Warwick University, and worked as a non-fiction book editor in London before moving to Dubai in 1998, where she took on the role of editor of the region’s leading woman’s magazine, Emirates Woman. Between 2010 and 2015, Annabel wrote the popular “Expat” blog for the Telegraph while also working as a freelance journalist.
In 2019, Annabel worked with best-selling author Clare Mackintosh as a writer-in-residence inside Dubai Prison. The ground-breaking project saw the authors coach inmates to write their own work, which was published as an anthology: Tomorrow, I Will Fly. Annabel teaches popular workshops on writing and editing.