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Gaelle Ghanem French Young Writers Award finalist


Lebanese Gaelle Ghanem and Tareq Bou Omar were qualified to the Prix des Jeunes Ecritures finals organized by Radio France International (RFI) and Francophone University Agency (AUF). The competition attracted some 1000 short stories by young people from 212 universities in 45 countries, including Lebanon which reaped two out of 30 places in the finals. According to An Nahar daily, the fictional narratives of contestants will be assessed by a jury headed by exile francophone Afghan writer and director, Atik Rahimi, winner of Goncourt prize for his novel, ‘Patience Stone’. The name of the winner will be announced on June 30 and will receive a trip to France including a life encounter with Rahimi. Gaelle, 21, from Halat, Byblos, who is studying civil engineering at the Lebanese University (LU), told An Nahar that writing has been her passion since she was 9. Five years ago, Gaelle recalled, she won the global Generation Bilingue competition organized by the French Institute with the participation of some 5000 contenders. This, she boasted, facilitated her travel to France to represent her country in the Prix des Jeunes Ecritures. For his part, Tariq, from Heri, North Lebanon, electrical engineering student at LU, explained that he wrote a short story during the quarantine period imposed by coronavirus, saying, reading is food for the writing talent. (An Nahar, June 22, 2020)

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