Children’s Literature as World Literature - Sheikh Zayed Book Award

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2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Virtual Event
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2022 is a record-breaking year for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. The annual prize received more than 3000 submissions from 55 countries this year, in a testament to its increasing importance and influence in the global network of Arabic literature and culture.

Known as the Arab World’s Nobel Prize, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award showcases outstanding contributions to Arabic literature, the humanities, science, and culture. The Award's nine prize categories, ranging from Children's Literature to Literary and Art Criticism, and its Translation Grant, moreover, showcase the dynamic fields of translation from and into Arabic, and of European and North American Arabic studies.

In its ambition to connect with wider academic audiences, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award is organising a series of four events between April and June in collaboration with SOAS, University of London, famous for its commitment to and its reach in the global south. Professor Wen-chin Ouyang, with her connections in North America, Europe and East Asia, will host and moderate the events, bringing to this series an additional multilingual and cross-regional flare. The interlocutors and guests include shortlisted and invited authors, translators, cultural thought leaders and scholars from around the world. All events will be bilingual (Arabic/English) and online.

Panel Discussion:

  • Prof. Wen-chin Ouyang (moderator)
  • Raja Malah - 2022 SZBA shortlistee for the category Children's Literature
  • Charlotte Eyre - Children's previewer and freelance journalist
  • Pam Dix - Chair of the International Board on Books for Young People UK (IBBY UK)


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With the support of : OWRI Creative Multilingualism Programme (Oxford), IBBY UK

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