Posted on April 13, 2017

Qatar National Library (QNL), in collaboration with Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press), and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, has launched the second workshop of the ‘Books - Made in Qatar’ initiative. The workshop is dedicated to the development of Qatari illustrators and is being organized as part of the official Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture program.

The five-day workshop, taking place until April 13, will give participating illustrators the opportunity to work on sketches and storyboards with one of Germany’s best-known children’s and young adults’ book authors and illustrators, Ute Krause. The illustrators’ work will be based on stories created and developed during the first workshop of the initiative, which involved Qatari writers.

Workshop instructor Ute Krause said: “I’m excited to come back to Doha for the illustrators' workshop, especially after the first workshop, during which I spent a wonderful week working with Qatari authors. The stories that the authors developed during were very impressive and I can almost see the first illustrations that will enhance them.” “A great task now lies ahead of us. I will have just four days with the illustrators, and together we will explore how we can bring these stories to life, what style and tone to give them, and what the characters will look like.”

At the end of the project, the completed illustrated stories will be presented to the public at the Doha International Book Fair in December 2017 and one or more of the stories will be published by Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press). Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a year-long program designed to deepen understanding between the two nations through the mutual exchange of arts, culture, heritage and sport, developed by Qatar Museums in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy in Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany.

QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), supports Qatar’s journey towards becoming a knowledge-based economy by spreading knowledge, nurturing imagination, cultivating creativity and preserving the nation’s heritage for future generations.