IBBY 33 Congress

Monday 10 February 2014

Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations

London 2012

PBBY Participation

IBBY International 33rd Congress Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations, was held in London, from 23rd to 26th August 2012.

Delegates from more than 70 countries including: Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and United Arab Emirates attended the Congress. Four women represented Palestine: Jehan Helou, President of IBBY Palestine (PBBY), Mary Fasheh Vice President, Sonia Nimr, story teller and writer, Anal Karadzic, illustrator who lives in the United States of America.

At the Opening Session two groups from Argentine and Cambodia were awarded prizes for reading promotion .

In special book celebrating the IBBY 33 rd Congress “We’re ALL From The Same Big Land” different national sections had their contributions. Palestinian contribution was sort very moving scenes in form of a poem written by the Palestinian writer Dima Sehweil during the last horrific war on Gaza. The poem was beautifully read with two other pieces when the book was launched in one of the plenary sessions.

The Congress included four plenary and 38 parallel sessions, in which prominent international writers, illustrators poets, translators and experts participated. The Congress hosted two very prominent poets Michael Rosen and Lemn Sissay read some of their beautiful poetry in two different plenary sessions.

Sonia Nimr participated in the Storytellers’ Panel where she told the folk story adapted by her “ A story Beginning and Ending with Lies” her performance was enthusiastically received.

Jehan Helou chaired one of these parallel sessions about “Adaptation & Migration of Folk & Fairy Tales” giving the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella as examples.

Asahi Reading Promotion Award Ceremony

The 2012 Awards were presented to SIPAR Educational Programme from Cambodia and the Abuelas Cuentacuentos: the Grandmother Storytelling Programme from Argentina.

The Hans Christian Andersen Awards 2012 The winners of the 2012 Awards are author Maria Teresa Andruetto from Argentina and illustrator Peter Sís from the Czech Republic. The ceremony took place in the The Science Museum

IBBY Honour List 2012

The IBBY Honour List 2012 is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books, honouring writers, illustrators and translators from IBBY member countries. The 2012 list comprises 169 titles from 58 countries in 44 languages.

The Congress displayed all the Honour list books, the Palestinian Hounour List Books

= Writers Honor List: My Guerre Name is a Butterfly (Ismi al-haraki farasheh) Author Ahlam Bsharat Illustrated by: Bashar al-Hroub.

= Illustrators Honor List: Omar and Haha (Omar wa Haha) illustrations by Dima Abu al-Hajj written by Safa Ameer

= Translators Honor List: Barsakh- (Barzakh: Emily wa Samou’il) Translator Zakieh Khierhum

Author: Simon Stranger from the original language Norwegian

PBBY delegates participated in a very productive Regional Meeting and had a friendly meeting with the liaising people from the USBBY where discussion focused on how ro promote their Twinning Partnership. Jehan Helou who is a Advisory Committee member participated in the fruitful First Sharjah IBBY Fund meeting.

At the end, there was a short ‘inviting’ presentation about the 34 IBBY Congress to be held in 2014 in Mexico

To sum up: Time went swiftly as we enjoyed every minute of the vital and interesting interventions and cultural exchange. We were happy to meet old friends and make new friendships and to view books displayed by some of the publishers who participated in the Congress and to buy few of them for our Children in Crisis libraries in Gaza. We had some of the prominent writers sign them to the Children of Palestine!


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