Kalimat Group expands reach to Arabic audience in Paris

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Thu 29-03-2018 15:24 PM

SHARJAH, 29th March, 2018 (WAM) — Kalimat Group, the Sharjah-based publisher of Arabic books, has concluded its highly successful participation at the Paris Book Fair, having contributed to France’s most celebrated literary festival with a number of insights into Arab authors and the reading culture of Arab children and young adults.

As part of the event, the audience were introduced to two authors who highlighted Kalimat’s support of all writers, from those whose career is in its early stages to the most established and prolific in the Middle East.

In a panel debate, ‘Writing for Children in the Arab World’, Kalimat authors Fatima Sharafeddine, who has written more than 120 books, and Dubai Abulhoul, whose fantasy novel ‘Galagolia’ was published when she was just 16-years-old, discussed the challenges and opportunities of writing for a younger readership.

During the discussion, moderated by Olivia Snaije, the editor of Bookwitty and a Paris-based journalist, the authors were asked about their inspiration and motivation behind writing children’s books. Fatima Sharafeddine, who has won a number of awards and honours, shared tips on writing as well as the obstacles children’s authors face.

Abulhoul, who was also named the Young Arab of the Year at ITP Media Group’s first Young Arab Awards, and one of the UAE’s 100 Smartest People by Arabian Business, also spoke about how being one of the youngest authors in the UAE helps her to relate to today’s generation of readers.

The authors also described the similarities and disparities between literature for Arab and western children and their own different perspectives as highly-established and less-seasoned authors.

WAM/Rola Alghoul/Esraa Ismail


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