An international book fair will be held in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital reports Al Jazeera. It is the first major event to be organised in the city for over two decades.
Al Jazeera reported that talent including authors, poets, playwrights, musicians and artists are travelling from around the globe to attend the three-day event. The guestlist also includes the Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohmud.
The event organiser, Mohamed Diini, told Al Jazeera by phone “we are holding this fair to revive the culture of writing and reading in our country. Another aim is to connect local writers with their counterparts from abroad so they can exchange ideas.”
“More than 30 writers are gathered here. We brought 3,000 books to the event including three books written by an extremely talented 16-year-old author” he continued.
Mohamed Artan, a publisher who travelled to the event from the United Kingdom, told Aljazeera, “There is a beautiful buzz in the city. Everyone I met is inspired by the event. I met young people who were asking me how they can publish their first books. It is inspiring to see the next generation of Somalis talking about books and the future looks great.”