Libyan poet and novelist, translator, doctor
Born in 1952 in Tripoli. Studied medicine at the local university, and in 1990, completed his doctorate at the University of Dublin. Worked as a doctor and teacher until 2010, when he retired early.
Etwebi is one of the best-known Libyan writers, an organiser of cultural life in Libya after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, and a co-organiser of literary festivals, including the International Poetry Festival in Tripoli in 2012.
He has published nine volumes of poetry, and a novel, Dardaneen (2001). His works have been translated into several languages. He has translated five books into Arabic, including an anthology of Japanese haiku.
Since March 2015, Etwebi has been staying in Trondheim, Norway, as part of the ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network) programme, which was created for writers persecuted in their countries of origin.
Ashura Etwebi: Vanishing Boats