Libyan writer Ghazi Gheblawi will trace the history and development of satirical cartoons and their popular consumption by Libyans living at home and abroad. Accessible and available even during Gaddafi’s regime, the lampooning comics of Mohamed Zwawi and Hassan Dhaimish, for example, played a major role in chronicling the social, cultural and political facets of being a Libyan; and, now, they serve as archives that provided a scathing commentary on the recent past.
Gheblawi is a published author of many literary pieces in English and Arabic as well as penning two collections of short stories. He hosts the ‘Imtidad’ cultural blog that covers literature and the arts in the UK and the Arab world. He was one of the founders of the online newspaper ‘Libya Alyoum’ and involved in many start-up online media projects including Libya Press News Agency. Currently, he is a council member of the Society for Libyan Studies in Britain, a trustee of the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature and editor at DARF Publishers.