Made in UAE project supports Arabic literature, paper.
WAM ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi: As part of efforts to cement Emirati teens' love of Arabic literature, broaden their horizons, and promote reading more effectively, the Made in UAE project resumed its second edition in the framework of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
Made in UAE is a long-term project launched in 2011 and which has resulted in the production and publication of seven new wholly Emirati children's books.
In cooperation with UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), the Goethe Institute Gulf Region organised workshops for ten Emirati authors of young adult novels to encourage them, exchange ideas and discuss challenges, the Dubai-based Gulf News reported.
"The boom in young adult books in the dystopian, fantasy, and sci-fi genre has in many ways revolutionised the way that teenagers view reading. With their vivid storylines and imaginative worlds, these books are fascinating to young minds looking to broaden their horizons and explore the world beyond their immediate surroundings.
"However, with the lack of titles in Arabic of this genre, many young readers are reading only English books. In the second edition of the �Made in UAE' project, we want to stimulate local writers to create the type of stories that will draw our young readers into fantastical worlds and ultimately strengthen their love for reading in Arabic," Marwa Al Aqroubi, president of the UAEBBY was quoted by the paper as saying.
During the workshops, which will take place till May 1 in the capital, participants will be given the opportunity to work with Rainer Wekwerh, German fantasy author, to exchange ideas in a friendly and supportive environment.
"Like all over the world, fantasy, dystopia and sci-fi are popular genres among readers of the UAE and have attracted even reluctant readers to explore books and reading," said Susanne Sporrer, general manager of the Goethe Institute Gulf Region.
"Yet, hardly any Emirati-penned and illustrated young adult novel in Arabic has been published in the UAE. Therefore, the aim of our project is to support talented Emirati writers in their book projects and help them develop new Emirati young adult novels in Arabic which explore innovative ways of story-telling from a clear Emirati perspective," Susanne explained.
Out of about 20 applicants, only 10 Emirati authors have been chosen to enter the Made in UAE project. The participants at this project are between the ages of 22 and 44, according to the paper.