Hargeysa Interantional Book Fair 2013 will take place between 16-21 August 2013 at its historical venue “Guriga Shaqaalaha” in the main center of the capital Hargeysa, Somaliland.


HIBF is honoured to host and present the work of diaspora Somali writers and scholars including the highly-esteemed playwright Said Salah, Human rights activists Rakia Omar, Professor Giorgio Banti, the writers Abdi-Latif Ega, Axmed Sheekh Jaamac, Dr Maxamed Daahir Afrah and Rashid Sheikh Abdilahi, and the Islamic scholar, public intellectual, and journalist Sheikh Mahamoud Sheik Dalmar, Dr. Abdirascid Mohamed Ismail, Cabdalle Xaaji and many others. We are also delighted to welcome and introduce the upcoming talent, Ugaaso Abuukar Boocow.


This year we are delighted to have attracted more mainstream writers and investors, such as the British poet, lecturer and translator of the work of the great Hadrawi, W.N.Herbert, the author and journalist, Michela Wrong, and the Nigerian lawyer, writer and publisher of African Writing magazine, Chuma Nwokolo Jr. Old friends are also coming, including Coco Ferguson and BBC Africa Editor and author of Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State, Mary Harper.


HIBF has since its inception been a creative space for visiting artists from neighbouring countries. This year we again see many prominent authors and artists from Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia present their work and contribute to critical thinking and artistic dialogue in the region.


The International Book Fair also nominates a guest country as we are keen to increase the knowledge and awareness of the political landscape, culture and literature of other African nations. This year, our guest country is Kenya, and we are delighted to announce our partnership with ‘Kwani Trust’ a Kenyan literary network dedicated to developing creative writing and committed to the growth of the creative industry

Source: hargeysabookfair