Warsha participates in Asian Festival of Children’s Content

May 31, 2014 9:23 am

Warsha, a trailblazing initiative supported by Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature and organised by the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), will participate in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC), which will take place at the National Library of Singapore from 30 May to 4 June 2014.

The festival includes a line-up of lectures presented by acclaimed international authors, illustrators, and experts in children’s literature and book industry during the first three days. The festival will be concluded by a number of training workshops in illustration, writing, and production with the aim to develop the children’s book industry worldwide.

On the closing day of the festival, a number of Arab authors, publishers and illustrators selected by Warsha from across the Arab World will participate in three workshops related to their respective fields. Each workshop will be presented by an international expert.

Speaking on the occasion, Marwa Obaid Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board, said: “We are keen to develop the skills of local and Arab talents in fields of writing, illustration, design and publishing to support the children’s book industry in the UAE and Arab region. This can be achieved by enabling children’s book professionals to participate in specialised training workshops which help them gain more experience and give them the opportunity to network with their peers in the fields of writing, illustration, and publishing from all over the world.”

She clarified that the participation of a group of Arab authors, publishers, and illustrators in the workshops organised by the Asian Festival of Children’s Content would support the efforts exerted by the UAEBBY to develop children’s books in terms of text, design, and production to encourage children to read and buy books which combine education with fun.

Abdulaziz Taryam, CEO Advisor and General Manager of Etisalat in the Northern Emirates, said: “We are delighted to be sponsor and supporter of the Warsha training initiative and of the efforts exerted by the UAEBBY in developing the skills of children’s book industry professionals in the UAE and the Arab World and also of the workshops which the initiative organises and participates in inside the UAE and abroad.”

Taryam added: “We believe in the necessity of encouraging young talents in the fields of writing and illustration to achieve greater success in their careers, particularly as the UAE has become one of the leading countries in the Arab world and region in developing children’s books. We are proud that Etisalat is a partner in this leadership that benefits Arab children everywhere.”

The first workshop for publishers and content creators will focus on designing a book in one day. Participants will learn how to select the subject matter, write an introduction and select the type and size of letters. The workshop will be presented by Japanese children’s book author and designer Mariko Takagi.

The second workshop will be for authors and will be presented by American author and publisher Maureen McHugh. The workshop will address the topic of using fantasy and social issues in writing.

The third workshop will focus on using graphics and colours in designing and producing books and will be presented by international illustrators Fran Lisak and Javier Zabala.

Focused on three key areas, namely illustration, writing, and production, the goal of the Warsha programme is to hone and expand the skills of young individuals to stimulate the creation of fresh and innovative Arabic children’s books that both meet and surpass global standards, while still remaining rooted in local Arabic culture.

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