Archive for July, 2013

PROEXPOSURE Photography Training @ Hargeysa International Book Fair 2013

Written by admin on July 20th, 2013

The phenomenal rise of the digital camera and the popularity of the computer has profoundly shaped and transformed the art of photography in the last 10 years. This year Hargeysa International Book Fair has introduced a new two-day introductory photography training session prior to the opening of the book fair. Our guest photographer, Kate Stanworth, who is presenting an exhibition of photographs from the 2012 Somaliland local elections, will teach 8-12 prospective photographers. Kate works in association with PROEXPOSURE, an organisation that trains photographers across the world. Her sessions will encourage trainees to consider the potential uses of photography, to practice basic techniques to enhance their photographic skills, and to appreciate and evaluate the use of photography in news reporting, investigative journalism and storytelling. The course consists of the following modules:
Read the rest of this entry »

Creative writing course within Hargeysa International Book Fair 2013

Written by admin on July 20th, 2013

Members of Readers Clubs Reading Together – Moving Library 2011 within HIBF2011

For the third year running Hargeysa International Book Fair will be dedicating three successive days for an introductory creative writing course. The roster will be small, so the organisers will employ first-come-first-serve policy. For many people, it may seem as a farfetched dream to talk about creative writing in Somali, when the language still lacks a standardised agreed-upon version to use. But, it is exactly that fact which prompted us to shoulder the burden of this mountainous and ambitious project. Among many others, there are three major factors which are instrumental to push this work forward and encouraged those who are involved: the way in which Somalis everywhere embraced their language; the growing number of youth who have shown strong propensity for engaging in such fields as journalism, and fiction writing like the short story, the script writing, and even whole novel; and perhaps most important of all is the enthusiasm, excitement and dedication shown by those who’ve participated the two previous sessions.

Here, we thought it would be worthwhile to utilise the available expertise of seasoned literary personalities in the field of creative writing both in English and Somali to give proper guidance to this aspiring young generation by way of holding seminars and similar training courses.

Read the rest of this entry »