Big Issues for Young Audiences: Fatima Sharafeddine, Jekar Khourchid & Maria Dadouch
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 12:00-13:00
Session No: 91
Difficult issues weigh on our minds and impact on our daily lives, as well as the lives of our children. We frequently feel unable to discuss our feelings with each other, let alone with our young people.
Asylum, wars, and destruction are some of the difficult situations that many children face, as Jekar Khourchid reveals in Between Two Banks, along with the dangers of addiction, as described in Maria Dadouch’s White Asphalt, and perhaps even domestic violence and immigration problems, as highlighted in the book Cappuccino by Fatima Sharafeddine.
Writers specialising in children's and young adult literature share their experiences examining and writing about difficult topics, as well as how we discuss them with our children, in this session.
A session packed with answers to complicated questions, appropriate for parents and their children aged 9 and up.
Fatima Sharafeddine is a writer, translator and editor specialized in children's and young adult literature, working with several publishing houses in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Belgium; She has published more than 140 books to date, many of which have been translated into different languages, including English, German, Korean, Russian and Hindi. She has won numerous awards and titles at the Arab and international levels.
Jekar Khourchid, a Syrian writer and poet, has published more than three hundred books for children. He writes for many children's magazines, most notably Majid Magazine (UAE), Al Araby Al Sagheer Magazine (Kuwait), Ahmad Magazine (Lebanon), and Osama Magazine (Syria). He has received the 2022 Arab Children’s Book Publisher Forum Award and many more.
Maria Dadouch is a Syrian writer and novelist, born in Damascus. Dadouch had a major role in establishing the Fulla magazine for girls. She wrote the animated story Mawiyah al-Qurtubi for children’s channel Spacetoon and also wrote for the comedy series Mirrors. Her novel The Mystery of the Glass Ball was a finalist for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the category of Children's and Young Adult Literature.