Qatar National Library Launch Books Made in Qatar Project

Doha, Qatar National Library (QNL), Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Press, and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region have launched an initiative entitled ‘Books – Made in Qatar’, as part of the official Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture, to encourage the production of Qatari children’s literature.

A statement released today by QNL said that the project started with a free workshop for ten Qatari children’s authors on January 29. The five-day workshop, hosted by Ute Krause, one of Germany’s best-known children’s and young adults’ authors, gives participants the opportunity to work with Krause on their storylines and book projects. They also have the chance to discuss problems and challenges of writing for children and to exchange ideas in a friendly and supportive environment.

In a subsequent ‘Books – Made in Qatar’ workshop, ten Qatari illustrators will illustrate texts created in the writers’ workshop, and finalize the projects with the authors. The results will be presented to the public at the 28th Doha International Book Fair 2017. Selected children’s books created in the workshops will be considered for publication through HBKU Press.

Commenting on the initiative, Head of Children’s Services at Qatar National Library Hind Al Khulaifi said: “Children are our future, and our efforts to reach them is one of the biggest priorities at QNL. We take pride in showcasing Qatari talent and believe it’s our obligation as the national library to provide opportunities for these authors to thrive.” For her part, General Manager of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region Dr Gabriele Landwehr said “We want to encourage the production of Qatari children’s literature that is based on Qatari traditions, values, experiences, daily life, environment and needs.” She added that “Our aim is to have excellent books published and bring them to children, to ensure the younger generation is a generation of book lovers. We’ve gained valuable experience in the field of reading promotion in Germany. Ute Krause, a leading author and illustrator for children’s literature, will work with Qatari writers and illustrators. They will receive professional support for their work; from finding the subject, creating characters and writing dialogues to first sketches, the use of colors and the final storyboard.”

Source: Qatar News Agency