Welcome on MEDiakitab blog. This program aims at sharing information and ressources dedicated to reading and writing practices, from story telling to digital form, in the Euro-Mediterranean space.

MEDiakitab association, located in Marseille, is in charge of administrating the blog. Contents are a reflection of the activities, analysis and knowledge developped by the network members.



Storyteller between Lebanon and France

Jihad Darwich

Jihad Darwich © Tomasz Mysluk profil.studio@interia.pl


Teacher, journalist, cultural animator, writer, art director and especially storyteller, Jihad Darwishe keeps communicating with malice his taste of words, of speech, of writing, in France and Lebanon. Because he spent his childhood in a village in Southern Lebanon that he acquired this momentum, inspired by the [...]

Lena Merhej and Samandal

Moving comics in Arabic world

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Telling stories with bubbles

After studying art and graphic design, Lena Merhej illustrated many children books. Starting from 2005, she entered the world of comic books, motivated by the wish of « telling stories ». In her first album « I hope that during newt war, we shall be able to be calmer », published in [...]

Rana Samara JUBAYLI

Architecte/ ASSABIL

Rana Jaybali 1©cd

Rana Samara Jubayli is an architect and a founding partner of Polypod, a multi-disciplinary collaborative design studio in Beirut, Lebanon, that offers integrated design services in architecture, interior design, branding, web design and development, graphics and information design for local and international clients.

Since its founding in 2006, Polypod has won several international design awards such [...]


Professeure/ information and documentation Faculty

Maud Stephan 1©cd

Maud Stephan-Hachem is Professor and Head of the library and information management department in the information and documentation Faculty of Lebanese University. With a doctorate in Human Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a post-graduate qualification in information sciences (Paris, 1976). Her research are dealing notably with reading practice, publishing and information access. After [...]

Clarisse CHEBLI

Coordinator/ ASSABIL

Clarisse Chebli 1©cd

From 1993 to 2001, Clarisse CHEBLI worked as a librarian in the Franco-Lebanese Grand Lycée. She was in charged of the Arabic collection and activities (secondary school).

In 2001, she became a member of Assabil and worked as a librarian in municipal public libraries. Since 2006, she coordinates the activities of Beirut libraries.

From [...]


Coordinator of cultural activities

Ali Sebbagh 1©cd

Ali Sabbagh was graduated from business computing from CNAM, in Paris. Since 2001, he has been working in the field of public reading. He was first in charge of the reading and cultural activities centre from Haret Hreik, in the subburbs of Beyrouth, and then he joined ASSABIL association in 2005 as a librarian. [...]

The « Book House » association, Beirut

The « Book House » association, member of the “BIBLIAN” network, was born in 2002 to struggle the lack of books in Lebanon.

Its action rests on 3 axes: • Professional training • Animation • Book diffusion

The organization promotes book diffusion by: • Exhibiting books, • Workshops in Lebanon and participation in foreign book [...]

Cultural Animation and Reading Book Center in Tyr – South Lebanon


The Cultural Animation and Reading Book Center is the first communal library in Tyr. This library was created in 2006 by the Municipality with the support of the Lebanon Culture Ministry, the French Embassy in Beirut for the francophone personnel and with the help of the French PACA Regional Instance for equipment.

The library [...]

Assabil Association

Public reading and citizenship

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Assabil logo © ASSABIL Association

Assabil is a Lebanese independant association, based in Beyrouth, that has been working for about 20 years to develop public space, as a space for citizen expression and training. Public reading is at the heart of the project, moved by the belief that the diffusion of knowledge and the [...]

Antoine Boulad

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Antoine Boulad is a poet who was born in 1951, in Lebanon. He stayed in Paris between 1971 and 1980, and has been following a round trip peregrination around the Mediterranean sea and several European countries. In 1980, he went back Lebanon to undertake a teaching career and also occupied a managing position.

In 1997, [...]