How Do I Tell My Child?: Amal Nasser, Ameera BuKadra & Mohannad Alakous
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 17:00-18:00
Session No: 100
Authors tend to fill up children’s stories with sugar, spice, and everything nice!
However, our children are constantly exposed to the harsh realities of life every day. From refugees to cruel wars to hunger and poverty, the world has seen it all. It's possible that children face difficulties in their inner circle too from time to time, including as loss, immigration, or divorce.
How do we respond to their difficult questions? And how do we approach sensitive topics when dealing with impressionable young children? What role can the writer play in this, and how do writers discuss it with their young readers?
Amal Nasser is a Lebanese writer, storyteller, novelist, screenwriter, poet, trainer, and organiser of artistic, literary, and educational workshops for children and adolescents. She founded Dar Roumaneh, specialising in children's literature in Beirut. She also worked as the editor-in-chief for children's magazines. Her book The Tunnel won first prize at the Beirut International Book Fair in 2016. Nasser also translates from and into Spanish, her first translation Taif was published by Kalimat Group Publishing House.
Ameera BuKadra is an Emirati writer and publisher with several Emirati writers, Dar Ghaf. She has published a book, Good Night, which has been translated into English as well as several languages which discusses the issue of divorce in a way that suits the child's mental health. She published a novel for young people, Pericure.
Mouhanned Alakous is a Syrian writer and scenarist who writes stories, novels, poetry and screenplays. To date, he has published over 350 books! Alakous has won numerous awards, and his works have been translated into eight languages. He coordinated the production of a story series for the Ministry of Education in the Sultanate of Oman, and wrote several radio and television programs targeted to children and families.