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Shoham Smith was born in Jerusalem in 1966, grew up in the Jordan Valley and studied industrial design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design at Tel Aviv University.


An author of collections of short stories and children’s books, Smith received the 2009 Prime Minister’s Prize and is a two-time winner of the ACUM Award for Furthering the Publication of Children’s Books, in 2011 and 2015. Smith has also won the Devorah Omer Prize (2014) and the Lea Goldberg Prize in 2017, for A Treasury of Hebrew Legends for Children and My Aunt Lea Goldberg respectively. Smith currently lives in Tel Aviv and works as an author and translator. She lives with her partner and three children and teaches writing workshops.