Top dignitaries during the Algiers International Book Fair.
During its participation, SBA highlighted its ongoing efforts to support Emirati and Arab publishers as well as its year-round events and exhibitions.
Fadel Hussein Bussaim, Director of SBA in the Eastern Region, received Ayman Benabderrahmane, Prime Minister of Algeria, at the SBA pavilion, presenting him with a copy of the The Inquisition: An Investigation of 23 Files of Cases Committed Against Muslims in Andalusia, authored by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
Fadel Hussein Bussaim presents a book to Ayman Benabderrahmane at Algiers Book Fair. WAM
The SBA pavilion hosted Emirati author and filmmaker Nasser Al Dhaheri and Algerian novelist Wasini Laredj in a discussion session moderated by Algerian critic Hamid Abdel Qader, under the title ‘Creative Testimonies.’
The panellists talked about the roots of their passion for writing and how their upbringing shaped their style. SBA also held a poetry reading session moderated by Abdul Karim Ozghleh, which featured poets Hasan Al Najjar and Shafiqa Wail.
SBA held several meetings to present initiatives, projects and major events led by the Authority at the local and international levels, including Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), and Sharjah Publishing City (SPC) Free Zone.
The Authority also highlighted the efforts of the Sharjah International Literary Agency (SILA), a first-of-its-kind literary agency in the UAE and the region, which aims to facilitate communication among publishers, authors, translators and creatives and regulate their operations in line with prevailing official frameworks.
Commenting on Sharjah’s participation, the SBA Eastern Region Director said: "Through SBA’s presence at regional and international events, we aim to spotlight our continual efforts to enhance the UAE’s publishing sector as well as Sharjah’s cultural project that stems from the vision of Ruler of Sharjah. Events such as the Algiers International Book Fair also present an ideal opportunity to build bridges with other great nations in the region and promote cultural exchange."
He added: "Algeria has a unique cultural and literary mileu that has produced some of the world’s most distinguished authors and intellectuals. SBA is keen on fostering knowledge interchange and strengthening partnerships between Emirati publishers and their Algerian counterparts, in line with Sharjah’s vision to support the cultural and creative movements across the world."WAM
Emirati author from Abu Dhabi Sheikha Salama Bint Hazza Al Nahyan is an inspiration to all of us. Her approach towards her craft is rooted in Emirati culture and heritage.
Khawla Al Mujaini , Khalid AlBudoor, Dubai Abulhoul and Omar Saif Ghobash will be part of the team representing Sharjah at London Book Fair.
Sheikha Bodour also congratulated the global publishing industry in attendance on truly understanding the role of ecosystem solidarity, especially in the past couple of years, and making a conscious effort to unite in its shared vision for the sector’s future.
This meeting marked Sheikha Bodour’s first official engagement since she was conferred her new position at IPA. At the meeting, she stressed that challenges and opportunities in the Arab publishing landscape will remain key points on IPA agenda for the next couple of years.
The pre-wedding festivities will start a day before at the place in the Leela Palace in Udaipur, while the venue of the wedding ceremony will be the Taj Lake.
According to SAF, the curators are organising distinct but interconnected projects, representing a diverse and global range of perspectives across the spectrum of contemporary art.
Turner, who was served with divorce papers this month after four years of marriage to Jonas, said in her petition that the couple had planned to raise their daughters in her native England.