This session is dedicated to Somali writers and poets, providing them with a platform to interact with each other, showcase their work and present and discuss their new publications with the audience. Dr. Jama Musse Jama, prominent scholar, activist and director of the publishing company Ponte InvisibleRedSea Press Online.
Mohamud Sh. Ahmed Dalmar will share Irdho, his first book-length satirical work. The book consists of a poem of almost 900 verses, about an imaginary fictionalised story about the Somali language, travelling to Europe, and seeking asylum in the UK.
Ismaaciil C. Ubax is a young and emerging writer whose second novel Indhadeeqey ku aaway? (2016) is circulating well both in Europe and Somaliland. His first novel Maxaan galabsadee la iga goynayaa (2013) is well-read among recent Somali-language novels.
Professor Abdalla Mansur will present a revised edition of his classic work Taariikhda iyo Luuqadda Bulshada Soomaaliyeed (History and Language of Somali Society) just published by Looh Press. The new edition contains an expanded chapter on linguistics of the Horn of Africa, a map and index.
Siciid Jaamac Xuseen will read from the recently published second edition of his collection of short stories Safar aanjiho lahayn. This new edition is revised and extended with the addition of new stories describing new imagined travel experiences of the author.
Abdalla Osman Shafey will present his new book on the role of parents in the formation of children in formal education (doorka waalidka ee waxbarashada carruurta). He will also present Mathematics Reference Book of Somali Math Terminology, co-edited with Dr. Jama Musse Jama.
Other Somali writers, including Maxamed Xirsi Guuleed (Sweden), Cabdiraxmaan Abtidoon (Norway), and Abdalla Shafey (Sweden), who presented their works during the festivalwill join the audience to interact with the different publishers and printers based in Europe and the Horn of Africa. The open discussion panel, consisting of publishers (Looh Press, SomaliBooks.com), will focus on challenges and opportunities for the Somali-language publishing industry.
The books will be on display for the whole day and the authors will be available for book signing.