Arab-Australian writers donate rare works to support Beirut blast victims

Arab-Australian writers donate rare works to raise funds through an auction to support initiatives in Lebanon after the blasts in Beirut.

On 4 August 2020, it was reported that two explosions occurred at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The blasts devastated Beirut. BBC World reported, ‘The death toll from the explosion has now risen to 220, and that 110 people remained missing.’

In the aftermath of the tragedy, fifteen of Australia’s most celebrated writers of Arab backgrounds have donated signed copies of their critically acclaimed and award-winning books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry to raise funds for struggling communities in Lebanon.

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Andrea Simpson
About the Author
Andrea Simpson is a freelance contributor and former Feature Writer and the Reviews Editor for ArtsHub. Andrea is a Filipina-Australian writer, editor, and content creator with a love for diverse Australian stories. She is curious about all forms of art, though she has an especially keen interest in Australia's publishing sector. Her feature writing has appeared in Inside Small Business. Andrea is an Assoc. member of Editors Victoria (IPEd.). Her short stories have been published in Visible Ink Anthology 27: Petrichor (2015), and Frayed Anthology (2015). You can find Andrea’s poetry in What Emerges (2013) poetry selected by Ania Walwicz.