Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing

Published May 31st, 2011 - 13:19 GMT

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) is owned by Qatar Foundation and managed by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Established in October 2008 and headquartered in Doha, BQFP has three main aims: firstly to publish books of excellence and originality in English and Arabic including fiction and non-fiction for adults and for children, educational books for schools, academic books for universities and researchers, and information and reference titles.

Secondly, BQFP, Qatar’s first publishing house, aims to promote the love of reading and writing, and to help establish a vibrant literary culture in Qatar and the Middle East through reading events, book groups and other initiatives, such as World Book Day. BQFP also wants to cultivate new literary talent especially in Arabic by organizing events to support the development of aspiring new literary talent and running creative writing workshops. BQFP’s third aim is to achieve the transfer of publishing and related skills into Qatar through regular internships and secondments in Doha and at Bloomsbury’s headquarters in London, training courses in key areas of publishing, and mentoring of aspiring Qatari publishers. Within this area, BQFP is committed to helping improve standards of translation into and out of Arabic beginning with the first annual BQFP International Translation Conference being run in May 2010 in Doha in partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University Qatar.