First Children’s Literature Festival to be held on November 25, 26

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 4:30:18 by

LAHORE: Ameena Sayyid of the Oxford University Press (OUP) said on Wednesday that children will be provided an opportunity to enhance their learning and reading skills in the first Children’s Literature Festival scheduled to be held here on November 25 and 26 at the Children’s Library Complex, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Children’s Library Complex.

Sayyid, addressing a press conference at a local hotel, said the event aimed to provide children with two days of fun and frolic by imparting the idea that learning is fun.

She said that the festival would be attended by more than fifty speakers and authors from across the country. The festival is being held in collaboration with the Foundation Open Society Institute, Children’s Library Complex, US Consulate Lahore and the British Council. It will include sessions for children and adults alike.

‘We will run several sessions daily with a strand aimed to specifically target adults in the two day literary event’, said Sayyid.

The festival would include a book fair where in more than fifteen stalls will be set up along with live puppet shows, storytelling sessions, creative writing workshop, poetry recitals and other interactive activities for children.

Dr Marilyn Wyatt was expected to read from Tom Sawyer on the first day of the festival while Nigar Nazar will draw cartoons to entertain children. A play titled ‘Jungle Jungle Zindabad’ on preserving and protecting the environment will be presented to the children too. A musical narrative will also be conducted by Ali Noor and Ali Hamza in collaboration with Valeria Kaul.

At the press conference, Dr Arfa Syeda Zehra narrated a few Urdu stories for children present, from various schools of Lahore. The Ambassadors of the Children’s Literature Festival including Nadia Jamil and Adeel Hashmi also spoke at the press conference.

Hashmi said the festival was the first step towards inculcating the habit of reading in children. Nadia Jamil, Adeel Hashmi and Sania Saeed will be conducting a drama reading competition too during the festival.

Kamini Masood, a grade 10 student of the Lahore Grammar School was selected as a young ambassador for the festival. Masood said she was very excited to be part of the festival and hoped such events will help children express themselves in a better manner.

Baela Raza Jamil of the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi said there was a need to encourage the culture of such festivals across the country adding that the festival will have guests from India as well.

Jamil said the Chief Minister will deliver a speech at the inauguration ceremony on November 25 after which he will read a story for children at the festival.

Literary figures attending the festival include Professor Anita Ghulam Ali, Dr Arfa Syeda Zehra, Dr Hamida Khuhro, Salima Hashmi and Kishwar Naheed.

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