Bill Kennedy, a U.K. industry consultant, is leading a £100,000 (approx US$132k) GoFundMe fundraiser to help those in the publishing community in Beirut affected by the blast that devastated the city on August 4.

Beirut is one of the main publishing centers in the Arab-speaking world and home to a significant number of writers, editors, publishers and distributors. The blast, coupled with the ongoing pandemic and an economic crash, has left many in the publishing community in desperate need.