Besides our guest authors, artists and speakers and other direct participants our special thanks go to all those who have selflessly volunteered their time, resources and expertise towards helping make this first edition of the Marrakech English Book Festival possible.
The Marrakech English Book Association would like to thank our President, Yassin Adnan, and the tireless volunteers of the MEBF organizing team: Manel Azouz, Nick Cherkas, Khaoula Jabal, Juanita Folmsbee, Alan Keohane, Mary Mimouna, Alia W Nazri, and Manal Yassari. Thanks also for all your patience and hard work to our website designer Adam Brown, graphic designer Stéphane Simeon and to Soleiman Nait and his team at Aylink who worked tirelessly to get our ticketing working online.
A special thanks to our cohosts Mike Wood, Ali Bahaijoub, Mina Metioui and their fellow members of the British Moroccan Society; Sarah Nait, Maryam Chaudry and John Stobbart from the British Business Association Morocco and Nabil Obiad, Natasha Compton and their colleagues at the British Academy School Marrakech. A big thank you to John Row and the World Storytelling Café for their participation and support. Thanks also to Ambassador Simon Martin and his team at the British Embassy in Morocco for their stalwart support.
To our prestigious academic partners Professors Fatima-Zohra Ilflahen and Malika Elouali from the Cadi Ayyad University; Nadia Aachlouj and her team at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Geurir.
A tremendous thanks must also be extended to our venue hosts, without whom there would have been no festival: Abel Damoussi of Kssour Agafay, Abdelatif Ait Ben Abdellah owner of Dar Cherifa and Maha Elmadi Director of Dar Bellarj. Your enthusiasm and support was essential to helping make the festival happen at all.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the members of the BBA Morocco, and others, who have hosted our guests during the festival: Marijke Stroosnijder, Maria Brebner, Mike Mc Hugo, Gloria Mudaliar Douglas Hutchinson, Aïné Marsland, James Wix and Lucie Andersen Wood.
We would also like to offer our sincere gratitude to our sponsors Kasbah Tamadot, Still Images sarl, and the BASM. With additional thanks to Ahmed Nait at Travel Link for being our official transporter and Adnane Bennis and his team at Morocco World News for being our official Media partners.
Many thanks to our hospitality partners Riad El Fenn, Dar Zellij, the Restaurant Diaffa and the wonderful Amal Women’s Association.
Meryem Bennis and her team at Calliope for organizing the festival bookshop and supplying us with the books without which a book festival cannot exist.
And finally, but certainly not least, our very grateful thanks to His Excellence Mr Karim Kassi Lahlou, Wali of Marrakech, and His Excellence Mr Hakim Hajoui, Morocco’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom help and support in staging the festival.