Esa Aldegheri is from Scotland and Italy. She studied Arabic at Edinburgh University, then travelled and worked in the Middle East and Europe. She now works multilingually as a researcher at the University of Glasgow in the field of migration, integration and story exchange and is Chair of Edinburgh City of Sanctuary. Esa's writing has been published by the Dangerous Women Project, Coracle Magazine, Granta and others.
From 2006 to 2008, Esa and her partner Gavin Francis travelled from Orkney to New Zealand on a shared motorbike. In 2018, they jointly wrote one of the Freedom Papers – a series of essays exploring freedom, commissioned by the Book Festival - inspired by reflections on that journey.