Albert Alla was born in the South of France and moved back and forth between St-Tropez and Nice until the age of thirteen, when his family emigrated to Australia. Swapping Dumas for Dickens, he moved around Australia studying engineering and playing cricket, before going off to Oxford to study economics. He is the author of Black Chalk, published back in 2013 by Garnet Press. In 2015, Alla left Paris to attend the MFA in fiction at New York University on a GSAS fellowship. In 2018, he started a PhD in creative writing at the University of New South Wales. He now lives, mostly, in Paris where he has started the Montmartre Dionysia, an English-language festival of new theatre, for which he produced thirty plays over four editions.