Qatar Germany 2017
Promoting Qatari Children’s Literature
Qatar National Library, Hamad bin Khalifa University Press, the German Embassy Doha and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region have launched a project for Qatar children books authors under the title “Books - Made in Qatar”.
The project “Books – Made in Qatar” started with a free workshop for ten children book authors on 29 January 2017. “We want to encourage the production of Qatari children’s literature which is based on Qatari traditions, values, experiences, daily life, environment, and needs,” said Dr. Gabriele Landwehr, General Manager of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region.
The five-day workshop, hosted by Ute Krause, one of Germany’s best-known children book authors and illustrators, gave participants the opportunity to work on their storylines and book projects. Ute Krause commented, “It is always exciting to see how an idea is developed into a story and how the participants develop their characters through dialogue with me and the group. In the end they have an almost ready story to work on until we meet again.”
The participants also had the chance to discuss problems and challenges of writing for children and to exchange ideas in a friendly and supportive environment. “Through this workshop I have learned that my dream can become true. We met an experienced author who gave us important advice to succeed and to overcome obstacles in our writing,” said Ahmad Naddaf who participated in the workshop.
For April 2017 another workshop with Ute Krause for Qatari illustrators is planned, during which they will work on illustrating the stories.