We are pleased to announce that Festival Director Lisa Dempster has been invited to return to the Sharjah International Book Fair later this month.
Lisa attended the Fair in 2010, where she ran an Emerging Writers’ Workshop; contributed to its dynamic social media output; launched several books; discovered excellent Arabic writers and publishers; and took part in literary discussions with writers from around the world.
Impressed with Lisa and the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s innovative programming ideas and expert use of social media, the Sharjah Book Fair has again extended an invitation for us to attend and take part in their 30th annual Festival.
This cultural exchange will create for the Emerging Writers’ Festival another opportunity to connect with a growing literary community, where we will continue to promote and strengthen Melbourne’s position as a UNESCO City of Literature. Additionally, her attendance at the Sharjah International Book Fair will enable Lisa to create new and exciting opportunities for our writers and festival audience at home and beyond in 2012.
Lisa will be blogging about her experiences at Sharjah International Book Fair here at the EWF blog, including video interviews with writers from around the world. She will also be updating her own blog and tweeting from the @emergingwriters twitter stream – a great opportunity to gain an insight into this truly multicultural literary event.
More on Sharjah International Book Fair in the coming days…