The 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) runs from 1-11 November at Expo Centre Sharjah. The organisers say it has developed into the third largest book fair in the world, attracting thousands of publishers, authors and illustrators – as well as “millions” of visitors. This year’s ‘Country of Honour’ is the UK, and a special programme showcasing some of Britain’s cultural and literary figures is being organised by SIBF in collaboration with the British Council.

Literary initiatives will be presented by The London Book Fair in association with SIBF on the theme of ‘Book and Brand Britain’, an exhibit and content programme that explores the enduring value and flexibility of British brands from the Monarchy to Matilda and other Roald Dahl properties, from Blyton to Bond through to Shakespeare in all formats.

The authors featured in the Book and Brand Britain programme are: Alexandra Shulman OBE , the longest serving editor in British Vogue history; Kate Williams, Claudia Joseph and Giles Lury. Other authors participating in the programme include Mark Billingham, Sarfraz Manzoor, Amanda Prowse, Katherine Woodfine, Mark Ellis, Nicola Cornick, BA Paris, Shahed Saleem and Kiran Millwood Hargreaves.

A programme of literary events highlighting contemporary British writing will be organised by the British Council featuring authors Neel Mukherjee and Peter Frankopan.

Among the guests at the fair will be Syrian artist Ghassan Massoud, drama professor at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus and once described as “one of the Arab world’s finest actors”. Other notables at SIBF include Algerian novelist Waciny Laredj, Jordanian poet and novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah, and the Lebanese poet, songstress and actor Jahida Wehbe.

The book fair will be preceded by its Professional Programme (30-31 October) and includes the fourth edition of the ALA Library Conference (7-9 November).

To 11 November.

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