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Confab on Iranian children's literature held at London University

London, March 3, IRNA -- Various aspects of Iranian children's literature were examined at a two-day special conference, which opened in London University on Saturday.

In the first day of the conference, the pupils and authorities of several Persian schools attended a meeting and held talks with a number of experts on children's literature.

At the meeting, besides various training and entertaining programs, different issues on children's literature, specially the teaching of Persian language to the Iranian children residing in England, were discussed.

A feature film from Mohammad-Ali Talebi titled `Khomreh', which is based on the childhood of the renowned Iranian writer, Houshang Moradi Kermani, was screened on Saturday.

At the conference, a number of the current issues on children's literature were assessed by Moradi Kermani and a researcher on the history of Iranian children's literature, Zohreh Ghaeni.

Kermani read out part of his story after he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen literary prize and briefed the children on his literary background and the difficulties he has faced in writing stories for children.

Ghaeni pointed out her 10-volume book project on the history of children's literature, four volumes of which have already been published in Iran.

She expressed the difficulties in her attempt to bring out the issue of the children's and young adults' literature under the auspices of the government and briefly went through the historical models of children's literature in Iran.

The conference was arranged jointly by Sokhan Cultural Society, London's School of Oriental and African Studies and sponsored by an English cultural charity state institution.

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