Samar Mahfouz Barraj

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Personal information

Title: 
Writer, Translator, and Trainer

Contact information (private)

Mobile phone: 
961 3 902210
Personal email address: 
samarbarraj@hotmail.com
Personal email address 2: 

Social Media

Twitter: 
@samarmahfbarraj
Skype: 
samarmahfbarraj

Education

Teaching Diploma, Arabic and Social Studies (Elementary), 2002, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Bachelor's degree, Public Administration, 1981, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Creative Writing
Translation (children's books)
Teaching
Training
Promoting Reading (in Arabic)
Languages: 
Arabic
French
English
Italian

Work history

Writer of books for children and young adults and translator, 2007-present.

Trainer [designing workshops and library activities on"how to teach Arabic through fun", "how to promote reading stories in Arabic", and "creative writing for children"], 2007-present.

Teacher (Arabic), Assistant Arabic Coordinator and Coordinatior of Library Activities, 2007-2012, private school.

Teacher (Arabic and social studies), 2002-2007, private school.

Honorary office and memberships

Board member (since 2013) and member (since 2007) of the The Lebanese Board on Books for Young People (LBBY), 2007-present.

Member of the founding team of the website entitled Mubadara, an "Initiative to Develop an Arab Child Reader", 2015.

Productions

Publications highlights: 
  • Mahfouz-Barraj, S. (2014). Khat 'ahmar [Red line]. Beirut: Dar Al-Saqi.
  • Mahfouz-Barraj, S. (2014). Al-bitaqa al-'ajiba [The amazing card]. Amman: Dar Al-Salwa.
  • Mahfouz-Barraj, S. (2012). Jadati sa tatathakaruni da'iman [My grandmother will always remember me]. Beirut: Yuki Press.
  • Mahfouz-Barraj, S. (2011). 'indama maridat sadiqati [When my friend got sick]. Beirut: Yuki Press.
  • Mahfouz-Barraj S. (2008). Lam akun 'aqsod [I did not mean it]. Beirut: Asala Publishers.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Speaker at the International Middle East Synposium on "the role of children literature and education in making a difference", Kirikkale University, Turkey, May 2014.
  • Guest author at the Emirates Airlines Literature Festival in Dubai, a session entitled "From an Idea to a Story" and a creative writing workshop for children entitled "Children can also write", Dubai, March 2014.
  • Speaker at the First IBBY Conference for the Region of Central Asia and North Africa (CANA) on the "importance of library activities sessions in promoting reading in schools", Sharjah, April 2013.
  • Speaker at the Sharjah Book Fair for Children Books about "the relationship between education and teaching", April 2012.
  • Speaker at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, panel entitled "How to Promote Reading", with author Philip Ardagh and Priscilla Baily, March 2012.

Awards and Distinctions

Her book entitled "khat 'ahmar" [Red Line] won the "Kitabi" Arabic Children's Book Prize 2015 organized by the Arab Thought Foundation. The book is illustrated by Mona Yakzan and Myra El-Myr and published by Dar Al-Saqi, Lebanon.

Her book entitled "al-bitaqa al-ajiba" [The Amazing Card] was on the honor list of "Kitabi" Arabic Children's Book Prize 2015 organized by the Arab Thought Foundation. The book is illustrated by Mona Yakzan and Hiba Farran and published by Dar Al-Salwa, Jordan.

Her book entitled "ma ahla al-nawm" [Sleeping is so good!] was listed on the IBBY honor list 2014 for the best text category. The book is illustrated by Zarifi Haidar and published by Asala Publishers, Lebanon.

Her book entitled "'indama maridat sadiqati" [When My Friend Got Sick] won the "Kitabi" Arabic Children's Book Award 2013 organized by the Arab Thought Foundation. It also won the Best Children's Book Production Award at the Beirut International Arab Book Fair in 2011, and was shortlisted for the 2011 "Etisalat" Award for Arabic Children's Literature Book Fair in Sharjah. The book is illustrated by Sinan Hallak and published by Yuki Press, Lebanon.

Her book entitled "Jadati sa ta tatathakaruni da'iman" [My Grandmother Will Always Remember Me] was on the honor list of "Kitabi" Arabic Children's Book Prize 2013 organized by the Arab Thought Foundation. It also won the Best Children's Book Production Award at the Beirut International Arab Book Fair, 2012, and was shortlisted for the 2012 "Etisalat" Award for Arabic Children's Literature Book Fair in Sharjah. The book is illustrated by Maya Fidawi and published by Yuki Press.

Her book entitled "'ala dawi' al-sham'a" [By the Candle Light] was on the Honor List of the "Kitabi" Arabic Children's Book Prize 2012 organized by the Arab Thought Foundation. The book is illustrated by Myra El-Myr and published by Asala Publishers, Lebanon.