Ali Smith CBE FRSEL was born on 24 August, 1962 in Inverness, Scotland. An author, playwright, academic and journalist, her 1995 short story collection Free Love and Other Stories won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and Scottish Arts Council Book Award.
Her full-length novels include Girl Meets Boy and How to Be Both, the latter of which was shortlisted for 2014’s Man Booker Prize. It was the winner of the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Ali now lives in Cambridge.