x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Nominations pour in for Sheikh Zayed book prize

Children's literature category aims to encourage and develop youth literature in Arab society.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award competition has received 65 nominations so far for its children's literature category.

Nominations are to close at the end of September. The competition, in its seventh year, presents awards to Arab writers who have had a positive effect on the region's culture and society.

The competition is administered by the Tourism and Culture Authority Abu Dhabi and has nine categories, including literary and art criticism, translation, Arabic culture in non-Arab language and children's literature.

The first winner in the latter category was Mohammad Ali Ahmad from Egypt, who won in 2007 for his book, A Journey On Paper.

Lebanon's Abdo Wazen won last year for his book The Boy Who Saw the Colour of Air.

In 2010, Qais Sidqi from the UAE won the award for The Gold Ring. He was the first Emirati to win a Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

His book was an introduction to the world of falconry, an important sport in the Arabian Gulf region for many generations.

Mr Sidqi presented his story in the form of a comic, created in collaboration with a team of Japanese artists.

This year's winners are to be announced ahead of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair next March.