Thursday 7 May

 4:30 pm

Graphic Workshop with Mathilde Chèvre

Author, publisher (Le port a jauni) and illustrator, Mathilde Chèvre is an expert at playing with different graphic media and techniques to produce books. She’ll be showing young visitors how it’s done at the French Pavilion.

Friday 8 May

5 pm

Non-Fiction Time

Book signing session of William Guéraiche and Soraya Sidani

Geopolitics of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

William Guéraiche signs The Geopolitics of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, a book in which he makes an exhaustive study of the United Arab Emirates.

Integration and deviancies of the international system

Doctor of Political Science (specialized in international relations) and teacher at the Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi among other things, Soraya Sidani enlightens us on how States participate in the international system, on the role of the United Nations, regional organisations and NGOs, giving a new vision of multilateral relations.

Saturday 9 May

11 am

Workshops and tales for children

Mathilde Chèvre – Áslaug Jónsdóttir – Claire ubac

Graphic Workshop with Mathilde Chèvre

Author, publisher (Le port a jauni) and illustrator, Mathilde Chèvre is an expert at playing with different graphic media and techniques to produce books. She’ll be showing young visitors how it’s done at the French Pavilion.

The Alliance Française recounts Little Monster and Big Monster characters created by Icelandic illustrator Áslaug Jónsdóttir, followed by a signing session with the illustrator.

Meet Claire Ubac

The author of many children’s books and the adventures of the colourful ‘Lili Chantilly’, Claire Ubac also runs writing workshops for a wide public, ever since she discovered the pleasure of introducing children to the riches of language and culture. Her travels enrich her texts and her children increase her sparkle!

4pm

World’s Fictions

Book signing session of Mohammed Berrada – Sonallah Ibrahim – Jón Kalman Stefánsson

Considered to be the leading author of the modern novel in Morocco, Mohammed Berrada is also a short-story writer, literary critic and translator. For many years, he was the president of the Union of Moroccan Writers. He then taught Arabic literature at the Mohammed V University in Rabat.

Sonallah Ibrahim studied journalism. With hundreds of other Egyptian left-wing militants, he was arrested in 1959 to be released only in 1964. Journalist in Egypt then in Berlin, he has also written scientific novels for the young. Today he lives in Cairo.

Jón Kalman Stefánsson is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary writers in Iceland. His lyrical texts form a mysterious trilogy.

Sunday 10 May

09:30 am

Alliance Française and Mathilde Chèvre, reading tales and legends

Tale reading followed by a graphic workshop

4:45 pm

Conference A nahda for children?

About arabic creation in children’s literature and its revival since 2000

Literature Oasis, hall 9 I 50

Mathilde Chèvre – Fatima Sharafeddine – Gulnar Hajo – Walid Taher – Raouf Karray

Mathilde Chevre, moderator

French researcher, author of a PhD dedicated to « Fourteen years of Arab creation in children’s literature, a project and a reflection of the societies (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon), she is also a drawer and a publisher of bilingual children’s books both in French and Arabic language in Marseille (France).

Fatima Sharafeddine, author

Lebanese writer and author of more than a hundred children’s books, she also takes part of Dâr Kalimât publishing house (Emirates).

Gulnar Hajo, illustrator and publisher

Syrian publisher and illustrator, she first worked in cartoons for Spacestoon in Syria, and then she founded with her husband their own publishing house, one of the first private in Syria before 2011. She is now working as an illustrator for several Arab publishers.

Walid Taher, illustrator, author and artistic director

Egyptian prolific drawer and author, Walid Taher is one of the inheritor of the generation that renewed children’s literature in the 1970s, as he is the disciple of Muhyî al-Dîn al-Labbâd. He also is the artistic director of Dâr al-Shurûk in Cairo.

Raouf Karray, illustrator and teacher in fine arts

Tunisian illustrator and director of a publishing house specialized in children’s literature, Raouf Karray is also teaching art in the Fine Arts’ school in Sfax and preparing a PhD on Dâr al-Fatâ al-‘Arabî, the first publishing house dedicated to children in the Arab world, created in 1974 in Beirut.

Monday 11 May

09:30 am

Alliance Française and Mathilde Chèvre, reading tales and legends

Tale reading followed by a graphic workshop

5:00pm 

Sorbonne’s literary Majlis

Discussion Sofa (11G48)

“From Fiction to Geopolitics: the Diversity of French Perceptions on the Arab World”

Speakers: Fabienne Herbane, Soraya Sidani, Naaghi Remache.

Tuesday 12 May

09:30 am

Tales of the Alliance Française

Fabienne Zelmat, director of the library at the Alliance Française in Abu Dhabi, reads tales.

Wednesday 13 May

 09:30am

Tales of the Alliance Française

Fabienne Zelmat, director of the library at the Alliance Française in Abu Dhabi, reads tales.

Opening Hours:

9 am – 10 pm, Friday: 4 -10 pm

Halls 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)