Yara Bamieh and Samar Mahfouz Barraj on Creating Award-winning Arabic Children’s Books

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Yara Bamieh is the author-illustrator behind Bolqosh, winner of the 2016 Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, while the equally award-winning Samar Mahfouz Barraj — author of 60 books to day — has been recognized with four Etisalat Awards in the prize’s short history. Both were at this year’s Emirates LitFest:

Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh

By Hend Saeed

Palestinian Yara Bamieh a talented architect and author-illustrator who has brought out a number of children’s books, including Bolqosh, which won an Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature in 2016.

Samar Mahfouz Barraj a Lebanese author-translator who has penned dozens of books for children. A few of her award-winning texts include When My Friend Got Sick, My Grandmother Will AlwaysRemember Me, Red Line, and My Friend. She also co-authored the acclaimed Ghady and Rawan with fellow Lebanese author Fatima Sharafeddine.

This year, Bamieh participated in three sessions…

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