Thursday 13 October 2011
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daughter, Sheikha Bodour, founder of the award-winning children’s publisher Kalimat and of the Emirates Publishers Association, is the driving force behind Knowledge Without Borders, a programme which aims to engrain the habit of reading among
families by donating libraries, each of 50 books, cleverly shelved within a coﬀee table, to 42,000 families in the Emirate.
HE Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the Emirates Publishers Association,
hmed Al Amri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair, has announced a $300,000 translation fund to mark the event’s thirtieth anniversary.Te SIBF ranslation Rights Centre, which is sponsored by Etisalat, the largest telecommunications company in the UAE, and supported by American University of Sharjah (AUS), will oﬀers grants for deals concluded or initiated at the Fair, and it will include books being translated between any two languages. In its ﬁrst year, the fund will have a pot of $300,000.Te initiative reﬂects “the international reach and inﬂuence of SIBF” and is driven by the vision of its Director – but it also underscores the commitment of the Emirate to the cultural economy, a commitment which comes absolutely from the top.
HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi is the Fair’s Patron (his memoir is published by BQPF), and at last year’s event, the talk was of
“a cultural march... a global road map opening up the world to book-lovers”. His
$300,000 translation fund marks Sharjah’s thirtieth anniversary
“We are proud to launch the SIBF ranslation Rights Centre to celebrate our thirthieth anniversary. It will mark a signiﬁcant gathering of international publishers and we will facilitate as many translation deals as we can, conﬁrming Sharjah’s important role as an inﬂuential international book fair.”Crucially, the launch of the SIBF ranslation Rights Centre is supported by a hugely expanded professional programme, which will take place on Monday 14 and uesday 15 November, prior to oﬃ cial opening of SIBF on Wednesday 16. It will include individual meetings, networking and talks, and will bring together professionals from across the international rights community to do business at the Fair. Already more than 50 international publishers
have conﬁrmed attendance from some 16 countries, including Japan, Russia, US, Romania, UK and Mexico. Te programme will also be attended by Arab publishers from across the region keen to build their networks with international publishers. All attendees will receive a list of books currently available in Arabic that are recommended for translation, and the opportunity to meet their Arabic publishers.
oby Eady said:
“Books don’t succeed unless they are very well translated. But brilliant and inspiring translation is not just the bedrock of international publishing, it is the key to better understanding between cultures. Opportunities to meet with publishing professionals from across the world, like the one aﬀorded at Sharjah ranslation Rights Centre, are invaluable in helping us break down the barriers. Hopefully, this will lead to more authors being translated and appreciated in more languages across the world.” A partnership with the British Council will this year see a roster of international authors heading to Sharjah for the Fair, among them Andrew Rawnsley, Robert Lacey, Amit Chaudhuri, Kate Mosse, Sunetra Gupta and Lauren St John, who was among the attendees at uesday night’s Sharjah dinner, held at the Schloss. Guests hosted by Al-Amri and the Sheikha included publishers from Italy, Spain and France, as well as Richard Mollet and Emma House from the UK PA, Steve Rosato from BEA, Margaret Obank from Banipal, Jane appuni of Publishing echnology, and Orion’s Lisa Milton, who, at Sharjah 2010, bought UK right’s in Kalimat’s
My Own Special Way
, which will be published in spring 2012.Te Fair itself will also be attended by Arab authors, booksellers and wholesalers, and key English-language book buyers from institutions such as universities and libraries.Te translation grant will be available to any attending publisher or agent. Te full guidelines for 2011 will be announced shortly via www.sharjahbookfair.com.
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Sheikha Bodour, centre, with left to right, Orion’s Fiona Kennedy, Lauren St John, Lisa Milton and Alex Williams, also both from Orion