Doha International Book Fair a literature festival this year

The Doha International Book Fair is set to be held as a literature festival this year and will bring more books and publishers, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari said yesterday.

The fair will feature 22,000 books and 360 publishers from 29 Arab and non-Arab countries.

“The fair will be held as a cultural event with many activities. A large number of writers, poets, artists and actors will take part,” Al Kuwari told a press conference at the ministry.

“This year poetry reading and child literature will be given more importance,” he added.

The UK has been invited as the Guest of Honour at the 24th Doha International Book Fair, as part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture.

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