Three Emirati authors spoke about their desires to maintain the heritage of traditional storytelling and some of the challenges they faced while trying to produce it to an audience at Sharjah International Book Fair, which is taking place at Expo Centre Sharjah until 11 November.
The authors participated in a four-day workshop in April this year aimed at reviving the art of traditional folk tales in book form, marking the sixth annual edition of UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and Goethe-Institut Gulf Region cultural collaboration, ‘Books – Made in UAE’.
A room full of journalism students, book lovers and current affairs enthusiasts greeted celebrated Indian media couple Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2017. The husband and wife reporting team had arrived to take part in a book discussion at the fair, with the forum starting with the authors explaining the subjects of their respective books and taking the time to share some episodes from them.
Talking about his new book on cricket, titled ‘Democracy’s XI,’ Sardesai – a well-known TV anchor who is presently the Consulting Editor at India Today group – said; “I am a romantic when it comes to cricket. I always thought that there should be a book that tells our youngsters that there was a cricket beyond (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and (Virat) Kohli.”
As photography takes a leading role in telling some of the most inspiring and powerful stories around the world, Xposure, Sharjah’s first international photography festival, is to use its world-leading photography platform to bring award-winning photographers from around the world to share their inspiring stories on global environmental issues.
The upcoming edition of the festival, organised by Sharjah Government Media Bureau and taking place on November 22 – 25, 2017 at the Expo Centre Sharjah, will spark a region-wide engagement and inspiration, educating visitors against a variety of ecological threats, such as global warming, marine pollution, land degradation and desertification, as well as natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.