Nafissa Boudalia is from Algeria and now lives in London. She is both a poet and painter and occasionally returns to her country to paint at great risk to herself. She has worked as a journalist since 1969, originally working for Algerian newspapers ‘El Moudjahid’ and ‘Algerie Actualites’. In 1967, she won the Prix St Germain des Pres in Paris for her poetry. Her collection of poems ‘Reflexions sur l’Algerie (1989) focused on the political situation in Algeria, especially the position of women.