09 Apr 2018 – 8:40

Qalam Hebr to provide creative platform for ambitious writers

Qalam Hebr founders, Buthaina Al Janahi and Kummam Al Maadeed, at the event.

The Peninsula

DOHA: Qalam Hebr for Creative Writing, a private company founded by two Qatari writers Buthaina Al Janahi and Kummam Al Maadeed, launched its events, recently, with a symposium of local talents at the Fire Station – Artist in Residence building.

The symposium’s activities started with a musical performance by flute musician Yassin Al Ayary and Zither musician Tawfiq Merkhan. In addition, a panel discussion about “The Writing Experience and its Challenges” was conducted with authors, Dr Amir Tag Elsir, Aisha Al Kuwari and Abdulla Fakhro.

The panel was moderated by writer and TV personality, Mohamed Al Hamadi. The activities included a book discussion on the poetry, “I decided to love you again” with the poet Nasser Al Wobair, followed by a poetry reciting session by the poet that was accompanied by Oud performance by musician Emad Al Eragi.

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The discussion was moderated by TV personality, Mohammed Al Shahrani. An exhibition of local businesses was also accompanied the activities.

The businesses included, Dar Haa Gift Shop, Dar Roza for Publishing, Rwaq books subscription box, Samarkand for books distribution, Al-Sindan store and “Basmat Thabat” show area. The symposium also highlighted various artworks of artist, Albulhamed Al Sediqi. Buthaina Al Janahi, co-founder of Qalam Hebr, said:

“One of the main reasons behind the establishment of this company is the need for an innovative platform that allows writers and aspiring people to share experiences that will help build a society that is interested not only in reading, but in expressing and providing the opportunity to unleash their intellectual creativity in various forms.

“This flagship platform is an integral part of keeping up with the vision of our beloved country Qatar in building a knowledge-based society.”

Qalam Hebr for Creative Writing aims to provide a creative platform for ambitious writers to help refine their skills and exchange their experiences in an innovative and exceptional environment through a variety of a year-round activities.