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Moradi Kermani receives goblet of honey for lifetime achievements
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Hushang Moradi Kermani and a group of children applaud during a ceremony held by the Association of Children’s Writers at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on January 28, 2013 to honor the veteran writer. (Mehr/Ali Mehrabi)
Hushang Moradi Kermani and a group of children applaud during a ceremony held by the Association of Children’s Writers at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on January 28, 2013 to honor the veteran writer. (Mehr/Ali Mehrabi)
TEHRAN – The Iranian Association of Children’s Writers has honored veteran author Hushang Moradi Kermani in a symbolic gesture with a goblet of honey.
 
He received the goblet during a ceremony at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Monday.
 
“Moradi Kermani received the cup of honey for the sweet moments he creates for children in his stories”, the association said in a statement.
 
Moradi Kermani, 69, is an eminent writer of books primarily for children and teenagers. However, his works also appeal to adults.
 
In his short speech, Moradi Kermani lamented how society disregards children writers.
 
During his speech, he recalled many pioneer writers who wrote for children including Samad Behrangi, Abbbas Yamini-Sharif, Jabbar Baghcheban and Mehdi Azar Yazdi.
 
“In the name of all those writers and 400 members of the association, I hold my head up saying that I am proud that I write for children,” he said.
 
Children’s authors Afsaneh Shabannejad, Nasser Keshavarz and Hamidreza Shahabadi spoke about Moradi Kermani’s works and their impact on children’s literature. 
 
Kiumars Purahmad, the director of the popular TV series “The Stories of Majid”, which was based on Moradi Kermani’s book of the same title, also spoke about him.
 
Purahmad pointed to the TV series as a turning point in his career saying that the atmosphere of the stories was tangible for him and for many children of those years.
 
The street children of Imam Ali's Popular Students Relief Society also gave several performances during the event.
 
“Sweet Jam”, “Like the Full Moon”, “The Reservoir”, and “Cushion” are among Moradi Kermani’s credits. Most of these works have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Armenian, Turkish and several other languages.
 
Moradi Kermani has been nominated for world literary awards such as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award in Switzerland.
 
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