The workshop was part of Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture Programme

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 was organised as part of the official Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture programme.

The five-day workshop, which was held until 13 April gave the 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 was based on stories created and developed during the first workshop of the initiative, which involved Qatari writers.

Before the start of the workshop, instructor Ute Krause said he was excited to come back to Doha for the illustrators’ workshop, especially after the first workshop when he spent a 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.’

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.

For more information visit the Qatar National Library website