Chance to write in UAE’s first crowd-sourced book

By Eudore R. Chand

Khoula Al Mujaini Director of Fairs & Festivals at Sharjah International Book Fair contributes to the crowd-sourced book "Once upon a time in Sharjah" an initiative by Sharjah's first and only English radio station Pulse 95 Radio

SHARJAH 9 November 2019: Wannabe wordsmiths, aspiring authors and bright-minded bookworms are invited to write their way into the history books with the first-ever crowd sourced novel to be penned in the Emirates.

Titled ‘Once Upon a Time in Sharjah’, scores of amateur writers as well as famous novelists will contribute a single sentence each to what promises to be an exciting and inspirational story.

Beginning with the classic line that has launched many a great and well-loved story, ‘Once upon a time…’, the narrative of the book will focus on a fictional tale about the emirate of Sharjah, with the public invited to add their imagination and literary skills to the journey and final outcome of the tale.

People taking part in the Sharjah International Book Fair include Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of Sharjah Media Council, Chef Bader Najeeb and Kathy Reichs American crime writer and forensic anthropologist who have already written their own sentences in the book, lending their talents to this fascinating public literary project.

Visitors to the Sharjah International Book Fair will be able to pen their contribution to the ‘Once Upon a Time in Sharjah’ book by visiting the Pulse 95 Radio pop-up studio at the Sharjah Broadcasting Authority stand over the course of the 11-day event, taking place at Expo Centre Sharjah until 9th November.

‘Once Upon a Time in Sharjah’ is an initiative launched by Sharjah-based radio station Pulse 95 Radio as part of a wider drive to encourage people to reignite their love for books and reading.

The Sharjah Book Fair will also have its own specially created and dedicated radio show “From Cover to Cover” with Omnia Al Saleh and Ahmad Dawud which will broadcast on Pulse 95 Radio. The show will broadcast on both weekends from 4-6pm. Besides special live weekday coverage on ‘Life Beats’ show 10am-12pm with Sally Mousa.

Once completed, the final story will be available to download as an e-book via the Pulse 95 Radio website