Ashur Etwebi is a doctor, poet, translator and painter. He was born in the old town of Tripoli, Libya, in 1952. As a young man, he also spent several years making traditional Libyan silver jewellery. He has worked as a consultant and a Professor of Internal Medicine in many teaching hospitals in Libya and was a co-founder of the National Cancer Institute, Sabratha, Libya. He has published 14 poetry collections, a novel and seven books of translation. Selections of his poetry have been published in English and French (two books in each language) and one book in Polish.