Arab Publisher’s Association Conference
The third edition of the Arab Publishers Conference was held in Sharjah for the first time under the theme ‘The Publishing Industry: Prospects and Challenges of the Digital Age’.
The 2-day event explored a range of contemporary topics and issues currently at play in the publishing world, with a specific focus on how they affect the Arabic publishing community.
It took place on 2 – 3 November 2015 – immediately preceding the Professional Program of the Sharjah International Book Fair – the conference offers Arabic publishers an unprecedented opportunity to meet and network not only with publishers from the Arabic region, but also with publishers from around the world.
Sharjah Children Reading Festival
Duration: 11 days
Venue: Sharjah Expo Centre
Brief: The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) encourages discovery, creativity and is filled with excitement. Some of the world’s best children’s authors attend the festival and read their popular works and meet their fans; alongside more than 120 international and local publishers who offer their books for sale.
The aim of SCRF is to promote a love of reading amongst young and old, showcase Arab literature to the world and give illustrators and artists alike the chance to feature their intricate works. SCRF also provides a great place for fellow authors and publishing houses/publishers to network and interact. A whole host of special awards ceremonies are held during the Festival, including the Sharjah Children’s Books Awards and the Sharjah Award for Specially-Abled Children’s Books, as well as prize giving held during the Sharjah Exhibition for Children’s Books Illustrations.
Not only do keen young readers have the chance to meet their favourite authors, but they also have the opportunity to take part in an entertainment extravaganza. From face painting to sand art, art workshops and story-telling, to special competitions and puppet shows.
Emirates Literature Festival
Duration: 9 days
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City
Brief: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. Writing competitions and an inter-school quiz are amongst the educational highlights, and young people also have the chance to hear and meet some of their favourite writers. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for select sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.
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