well read - Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
Written by Karen Martin
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, a unique venture between Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, aims to promote a love of reading and writing, and develop a vibrant literary culture in Qatar and the Middle East.
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) focuses on works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, and classics of Arabic literature, as well as reference, educational, and academic books.
Works are written both in the original Arabic and in English, with high-quality translations produced and distributed to English and Arabic audiences of all ages.
BQFP aims to cultivate new literary talent, particularly in Arabic, through reading events, book groups, and other initiatives, such as World Book Day Qatar – an international celebration of books intended to promote enjoyment of reading amongst all ages in Qatar.
One way in which BQFP nurtures new writing in Qatar and the region is by holding writing workshops. The programme of creative writing is discovering and developing new literary talent, with a focus on promoting Arabic culture through literature. BQFP is also committed to helping improve standards of translation into and from Arabic, and has helped to pioneer the publication of dual-language editions of popular children’s books – including Julia Donaldson’s highly acclaimed bestselling rhyming tale, The Gruffalo.
The Golden Age of Dutch Painting: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum(English and Arabic)
By Gerdien Wuestman
The 17th century was one of the most spectacular periods in Dutch history. This so-called Golden Age – which lasted only five decades produced many of the world’s most beloved artists, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, and Johannes Vermeer. This brilliant flowering of creative genius is beautifully reflected in this book, featuring 44 works of art from the first-ever exhibition of Dutch masters held in the region at the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.
Nothing to Lose But Your Life / Murad Murad (published in both English and Arabic)
By Suad Amiry
Nothing to Lose But Your Life is not only an exciting account of a gruelling journey, but also a lamentation for lost land and simpler, more peaceful times. A tomboy at heart – driven by adventure and a desire to understand what her less-privileged compatriots go through – architect and university professor Suad Amiry decided to disguise herself as a man and cross the Israeli border illegally to seek work in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva
An Iraqi in Paris
By Samuel Shimon
A young Iraqi writer sets out to become a Hollywood filmmaker, only to end up as a refugee on the streets of Paris, where he beds down in a Metro station. Although his dream of making a film about his deaf-mute father is never realised, the extraordinary encounters he has with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Samuel Beckett, and a ghost from Père Lachaise Cemetery transform his own story into a captivating drama more compelling than anything on the big screen.
The Gruffalo (Arabic edition)
By Julia Donaldson (translated by Nadia Fouda)
In Arabic for the first time, Julia Donaldson’s fun rhymes and Axel Scheffler’s timeless illustrations delight children in this multiple award-winning book about a cunning mouse. A series of predators invite the mouse for dinner and, knowing he is on the menu, the mouse pretends he is on his way to meet the big scary Gruffalo. Hearing the mouse describe the monster, the animals run for their lives, until the mouse finds himself face to face with the Gruffalo!
Hamda and Fisaikra (English and Arabic)
By Kaltham Al-Ghanem
The Cinderella story is known across the world in many versions. The tale of Hamda, or the Gulf Cinderella, takes place at the edge of the sea, where the magical Fisaikra fish comes to the rescue of poor Hamda, and brings her together with a charming prince. Available in Arabic and English editions, this is a perfect book for all parents and educators looking for children’s books on the culture of the Arabian Gulf.
Note: All published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing.