Sharjah International Book Fair 29th Edition

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
ExpoCenter 7th - 17th November, 2012. Hours | Saturday - Thursday: 10a.m. - 10p.m.; Friday: 4p.m - 10p.m.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Sharjah International Book Fair program | Emerging Writers' Festival

Sharjah International Book Fair
I am excited to be attending the 2011 Sharjah International Book Fair, the event’s 30th annual festival.
Sharjah’s 2011 program is big, diverse and exciting, and includes:
  • Leading Arab authors
  • Country focus on India and city focus on Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Open-mic sessions of evening literary and poetry readings, hosted by Big Bridge magazine
  • Geekfest!
  • Genre focus on comics, including a Community Comics Centre at the Fair
The theme of the Fair is For the love of the written word, a beautiful sentiment and a great way to frame literary discussions. Learn more about Sharjah International Book Fair at their website or blog.

Everyday Adventure, Lisa Dempster › Sharjah & #shjibf, here I come!

Sharjah International Book Fair
In a few short weeks I’ll be boarding a jetplane and returning to the UAE for the 30th annual Sharjah International Book Fair. It goes without saying that I can’t wait!
Sharjah International Book Fair this year has a really exciting program, including many leading Arab authors, a country focus on India, a city focus on Edinburgh, a genre focus on comics, a children’s program and a #geekfest!
I’m looking forward to meeting lots of excellent literary people from the Middle East, India and internationally also, as well as catch up with friends I have met on previous bookish adventures. I also can’t wait to discover more about the literature of this region – last year I came back with lots of books, something that will no doubt be repeated.
I’ll be blogging about my trip mostly at the Emerging Writers blog (with video – a new medium for me), a little here, and of course will be tweeting from @lisadempster and @emergingwriters. I’m alsoexperimenting with G+ and might attempt a hangout or two while away. The hashtag for the book fair is #shjibf.
Personally, I’m looking forward to more time away from Melbourne, and also to spend a few weeks in adry zone. Last year I had an excellent time at the book fair, discovering Sharjah, and not drinking. It was a magical time, I felt happy and open and on top of the world. You know when everything just feelsright?
This is me blissing out among Sharjah’s many palm tress…
Sharjah International Book Fair
I only wish I had started learning Arabic a year ago when I got home from Sharjah! I am going to start relearning what I picked up last year now, and hopefully add a few more words to my artillery before I go…