Chil­dren’s read­ing fest opens to­day in Shar­jah

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter re­porters@khalee­j­

shar­jah — His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil and Ruler of Shar­jah, will wit­ness the open­ing of the 10th edi­tion of the Shar­jah Chil­dren’s Read­ing Fes­ti­val (SCRF) to­day.

Or­gan­ised by the Shar­jah Book Au­thor­ity, SCRF will run un­til April 28 at the Shar­jah Expo Cen­tre un­der the theme ‘Your Fu­ture… Just a Book Away’, with a line-up of 2,600 cul­tural and lit­er­ary events and ac­tiv­i­ties to en­rich and en­ter­tain peo­ple of all ages. There are books and lit­er­ary ma­te­ri­als show­cased by 134 pub­lish­ers from 18 Arab and for­eign coun­tries, and 286 au­thors, po­ets and lit­er­ary guests hail­ing from 121 coun­tries.

Among the fa­mous in­ter­na­tional au­thors grac­ing the SCRF are Britain’s Ed Vere, whose ‘Max the Brave’ is a New York Times best­seller and was named one of The Sun­day Times’ ‘100 Mod­ern Chil­dren’s Clas­sics’; Varun Pruthi, an In­dian hu­man­i­tar­ian, ac­tor, di­rec­tor and so­cial me­dia star who has 1.7 mil­lion YouTube sub­scribers; and award-win­ning Mi­randa Paul from the US who will be talk­ing about why we all love to laugh and how a hu­mor­ous story can get even the most re­luc­tant reader in­ter­ested in books. The fes­ti­val also hosts a line-up of the Arab world’s most pop­u­lar au­thors and artists who have con­trib­uted to Arab lit­er­a­ture.

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