Abbas BEYDOUN (Lebanon) is a poet, novelist and journalist. He studied at the Lebanese University in Beirut and the Sorbonne in Paris. He was involved in left-wing politics and spent time in jail as a young man. Since becoming a full-time writer, he has published numerous volumes of poetry. His works have been translated into all the major European languages. Since 1997, Beydoun has been cultural editor of the Beiruti newspaper As-Safir. In 2017, his book Khareef al Bara’a (The Autumn of Innocence) won the Sheik Zayed Book Award.