Sharjah Children’s 4th Reading Festival hosts International Authors

Lauren St John, Janey Louise Jones, Nick Arnold and Amra Alam head the line-up of authors celebrating the next generation of readers in the UAE this April

Taking place from 23 April – 2 May, the younger sibling of the prestigious 30-year-old annual Sharjah International Book Fair, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival has launched an international author strand.

Already established as a favourite annual fixture for authors across the Arab world, this year 10 authors from the UK, South Africa and India will join authors from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, The Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen and of course, the UAE.

Throughout the 10 days, the festival will put on a variety of events to promote enthusiasm for reading, books and creative writing.  From cookery to creative writing, poetry to illustration there are over 150 events planned to entice and enthuse an entirely new generation of readers.

The international authors taking part alongside the Arabic authors are:

  • Nick Arnold
  • Steve Cole
  • Githa Hariharan
  • Janey Louise Jones
  • Liz Kessler
  • Carol Pastor (cook)
  • Rose Prince (cook)
  • Jeeva Raghunath
  • Lauren St John
  • Chris White

The Sharjah International Book Fair team have added the book festival to their portfolio and have launched a new logo, look and marketing strategy for the festival. The energetic and colourful logo depicts the joy that books, reading and story-telling bring to children across all ages.

Commenting on this year’s events Ahmed Al Amri, Director of Sharjah Book Fair and Festival says, ‘Sharjah’s literary legacy is well known across our region — for this wonderful event, for our publishers, for our work with the EPA and for SIBF; it is great news that we have now extended the reach and influence of the children’s reading festival and our annual book fair to incorporate international talent. The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, working in collaboration with schools across the region, is not only a must for the public, it is also a fantastic opportunity for publishers and booksellers to sell books and content. We are delighted to be staging this event.’

For more information please contact Sheerin Aswat