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Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature launches Warsha at Frankfurt Book Fair
2013-10-10 14:07:33
WAM FRANKFURT, 10th October, 2013 (WAM) -- In the presence of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the U.A.E.'s growing children's literature sector has taken yet another step forward with the launch of �Warsha - Etisalat Award Workshop for Children's Books' - a groundbreaking initiative by the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature that aims to find and nurture a new generation of talented Arab authors, illustrators and publishers of Arabic children's books.

Launched during the Award's participation in the Frankfurt Book Fair, Warsha's innovative programme will offer workshops in illustration, writing, and publishing with the aim of building the competence of young individuals in order to facilitate the creation of books that are rooted in local Arabic culture and that not only meet but also surpass international standards.

Speaking about the programme, Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Patron of the U.A.E. Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), said, "Books play a vitally important role in supporting children's intellectual development and as our society becomes ever more information driven, it is crucial that we invest heavily in supporting a healthy and thriving children's book industry. Through Warsha, we want to support and inspire young writers, illustrators, and publishers who are passionate about creating Arabic books for children and young adults to produce short stories and novels that stimulate the senses and grab children's attention - books that expand their minds and ultimately instil a love of reading Arabic into the hearts of children for generations to come." Abdulaziz Taryam, Advisor to the CEO, General Manager of Etisalat Northern Emirates, commented, "The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's literature has made great strides in encouraging the creation of Arabic books for children and young adults and Etisalat is extremely proud to continue its association with this prestigious Award. The addition of the Warsha programme marks an exciting new phase in the Award's evolution and we look forward to seeing many new young Arabic authors, illustrators, and publishers step up and take their place on the local, regional, and international stage." The call for applicants for the 2013 Warsha - Etisalat Award Workshop for Children's Books is now open and applicants are urged to apply at the earliest so as not to miss out on this invaluable opportunity. Individuals wishing to obtain more information on the application process can do so by visiting the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature website.

With an investment of AED 200,000, the workshops of the inaugural Warsha - Etisalat Award Workshop for Children's Books programme will be presented by internationally acclaimed trainers and specialists in the fields of young adult and children's literature both in the U.A.E. and abroad.

The prize for the Best Children's Book of the year stands at AED 300,000, to be divided equally among publisher, author and illustrator, while the Best Young Adult Book of the year has a prize of AED 200,000 divided between author and publisher. An award of AED 300,000 is dedicated to the Best Text, Best Illustration and Best Production categories, while the remaining AED 200,000 is reserved for the Warsha - Etisalat Award Workshop for Children's Books programme.

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