Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival hosted international authors

A host of internationally acclaimed children’s authors attended the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (previously known as the Sharjah Children’s Book Fair) over the past two weeks and visited many local schools and spoke to children from across Sharjah, Dubai and Fujairah.

Yesterday (24 April) saw the last school event of this programme when Tony De Saulles entertained children at the American University of Sharjah epicentre with a drawing lesson based on his illustration from the award-winning Horrible Science series.

This year’s 10-day Children’s Reading Festival (15-25 April) provided a wonderful array of authors, illustrators, poets, performers and chefs, with a variety of events to promote enthusiasm for reading, books and creative writing. From cookery to creative writing, poetry to illustration there were over 150 events planned to entice and enthuse a new generation of readers.

International authors and chefs taking part alongside Arabic authors and cooks are:

  • Philip Ardagh
  • Sally Crabtree
  • Tony De Saulles
  • Laura Dockrill
  • Caroline Lawrence
  • Helen Moss
  • Chris Mould
  • Sam Osman
  • Sue Quinn (cook)
  • Andy Stanton
  • Will Torrent (cook)
  • Jenny Tschiesche (cook)
  • Lily Vanilli (cook)
  • Cassandra Wye
  • Jenna Zoe (cook)

Since the first Children’s Reading Festival opened in 2012 to an international audience and welcomed children and families from across the United Arab Emirates along with 200 professional exhibitors, and since then the festival has become established as a firm favourite with local and international attendees.

The festival also hosted a cookery corner, where international chefs talk about cooking for children, as well as the popular eye-catching illustration exhibition.

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 Emirates Publishers Association and for Sharjah International Book Fair; it is marvellous that we continue to extend the reach and influence of the children’s reading festival and our annual book fair to include international talent. The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, working in collaboration with many schools across the region and the American University of Sharjah, is wonderful for the public, it provides an ideal opportunity to introduce authors and for publishers and booksellers to sell books. We are delighted to host this event.’