By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Bestselling authors Mark Billingham, B.A. Paris and Mark Ellis participate in panel discussion to speak about their craft How to plot a story and create characters for an effective ‘whodunnit’ crime novel were two of the topics under discussion at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) on Wednesday evening, when three celebrated crime fiction writers from the UK participated in a panel discussion. Taking part in the audience conversation to share the secrets of their craft were Mark Billingham, B.A. Paris and Mark Ellis. The trio of bestselling authors was attending the fair as part of its hosting of the UK as its ‘Guest of Honour’ a programme. Speaking on the subject of research for his novels, actor, screen play writer, stand-up comedian and novelist Mark Billingham, who achieved literary fame with his first novel Sleepyhead, revealed that in-depth research has become less important to him the more he writes. “I started...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Sharjah’s international photography festival allows new and emerging photographers from UAE and the world to showcase their talent before an international audience In its efforts to promote new and emerging photographers from the UAE and globally, the International Photography Festival, Xposure, held from November 22 to 25 at Expo Centre Sharjah, will unveil its new ‘Photo Fair’ zone with 53 display panels, showcasing new talents alongside those of 32 internationally acclaimed photographers from around the world. To qualify for one, to a maximum of four, of these 2.1m tall by 1m wide panels, applicants need to submit a digital version of their work intended for exhibition, to the festival curators. The cost of the panels has been supported and supplemented by the Festival hosts, Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB). All details about the Photo Fair are available at the Xposure 2017 website https://xposure.ae/xposure-photo-fair/ . The second edition of Xposure promises...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Kalimat Launches 30 books at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair Kalimat enriched the celebration of literature at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair by launching a collection of new titles for children. Featuring an array of topics covering philanthropy, family issues and adventure, the books have been written in a simple yet engaging style to attract young readers. Six of the titles from the 30 in the collection include: Sidra Honey (Assal Al Sudra) Author:           Dr. Reem Al Gurg Illustration:    Laya Kareera Sidra Honey is a story that calls for the preserving of customs and traditions. Forming part of Emirati culture, the Sidr tree exemplifies Emirati heritage. Through this title the author seeks to foster a love of heritage in young readers in a simple and appealing way, through linking the Sidr tree with beautiful, unforgettable memories and experiences. People of Lead (Ashkas Min Rasas) Author:           Moumen...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah Libraries need to resist justifying their existence with Return on Investment initiatives – that was a key message delivered at the opening of the SIBF/ALA Conference at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair. HE Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)  welcomed the attending delegates to the main programme of the fourth edition of the conference, which is the only ALA event to be hosted outside the United States. “I would like to welcome you all to Sharjah, the World Book Capital for 2019, and say that I am delighted to see you all at the fourth edition of the SIBF/ALA Conference. Sharjah Book Authority is here to exchange best practices in the field and has provided a platform to connect with our counterparts in the USA,” said Al Ameri during his welcoming address. “We have in Sharjah a strong belief in human-centred communication and believe...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah In a world where people resort to war in order to find peace, where innocent lives are lost in the crossfires between right and wrong, and the disillusionment of building a stable future on the foundations of plunder and destruction seems very real, the only hope for a better tomorrow lies with the future generations. In these pictures we see the award-winning writer from Lebanon, Rania Zbib Daher, at the at the pavilion of the Sharjah-based publisher, Kalimat Group, at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017 (SIBF 2017), who has a young audience rapt in attention listening to her reading out from her book The Sound of the Sea published by Kalimat. Through her book, the author introduces children to the serious issues of forced displacement, war, crises and their far-reaching effects on people in a tale whose protagonist, Leen – a girl around the same age as the...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Panel of highly diverse writers talk of the very different joys of their work During a panel session of highly distinguished authors, best-selling crime writer Leye Adenie told an audience at the Sharjah International Book Fair: “I look back at some of the things I have written and think they are rubbish.” Thankfully he is talking about the drafts and not the finished products. The Nigerian author, who now lives in London, was on a panel with highly respected American author Dr. Tayari Jones and renowned Iraqi novelist Saad Mohammed Ibrahim. In a discussion titled The Joys of Writing, it became apparent that the three authors came from very different backgrounds and expressed very different viewpoints on many of the issues raised. Beginning the session, Dr. Jones spoke of her upbringing in Atlanta, Georgia. “I loved to read and write as a child, but no one ever considered that as...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Cultural initiative conducts a series of artistic and reading workshops In keeping with its participation in national cultural events, ‘1001 Titles’ is making its presence felt with children at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) for the second year. The cultural initiative is conducting a series of engaging workshops to nurture a generation of passionate readers and writers in a new age of innovation.   Themed ‘Paper Wrapping’, the interactive workshops were held at the ‘1001 Titles’ pavilion at the fair, where children designed different versions of the UAE flag in the shape of butterflies and roses.   Other workshops titled ‘A Picture and a Story’, ‘Short Story’, ‘I Read to Succeed’ and ‘I Spend My Time in Reading’, were designed for children of different ages, showcasing their talents in describing pictures and turning them into stories. The youngsters produced outstanding results which drew praise from the organisers and revealed highly descriptive...
By Solomon Nda-Isaiah ...Collection released to mark the UAE’s 46th year of union To mark the UAE’s 46th National Day next month, Horouf Education, an imprint of the Sharjah-based Kalimat Group, has released a ‘National Day Box’, which contains within it a collection of 7 illustrated books on the themes of the UAE’s history, culture, and society; 32 learning cards with 16 questions and their answers on the UAE’s geography and other important facts; attractive stickers of the UAE’s national symbols like dates, falcons, pearls, etc., and a UAE flag. The collection has been designed for the nation’s young citizens to get to know their country better in engaging and creative ways, increase their knowledge about the UAE’s history and achievements, and instill a sense of patriotism in them. The collection was launched on the sidelines of Horouf’s participation at the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF 2017). It is for children...
By Christiana  Nwaogu, Abuja Following strong leadership provided by Nigeria, Africa has won the long quest for the removal of the vestiges of imperialism in the conduct of the affairs of the Governing Board of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). In a major push at the 331 Session of the Governing Board of the ILO currently holding in Geneva, Switzerland, Nigeria’s minister of labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who is the official Africa spokesperson, strongly canvassed and succeeded in eliciting the support of other regions to stop the overbearing role of France and Britain in the regional meetings of the ILO. Nigeria, with the mandate of African countries, had stoically canvassed against the participation of non-members in regional meetings other than theirs, in Africa and South America, describing it as a continuation of colonisation. Ngige, in his address on behalf of Africa Region, said:“With   regards   to participation in a regional...
By Tony Egbulefu United Nations secretary-general, Antonio Guterres has stated that Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed, the United Nations deputy secretary-general has his full support and confidence. Stéphane Dujarric, the UN Secretary-General’s spokesman while responding to an inquiry on the allegation of fraudulent authorizations of export permits of rosewood from Nigeria to China against Mohammed during UN daily briefing on Thursday, quoted Guterres as having reiterated his confidence in Mohammed. A Washington-based environmental group, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) claims that Mohammed authorized illegal exports of endangered rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s Environment minister. Wood from rosewood tree also known as kosso is valued in China for its pinkish hue and purplish-brown streaks. Environmentalists are worried that since 2012, the export of rosewood has decimated forests throughout West Africa. They fear that uncontrolled deforestation of the region’s woodlands will encourage soil erosion and accelerate the spread of Saharan desert into productive areas. Dujarric on Thursday, further...