Writers Discuss State, Future of Kazakh Literature

Kazakh Secretary of State Gulshara Abdikalikova held a meeting with prominent writers of the country, such as Akim Tarazi, Anes Sarai, Sabit Dosanov, Dulat Issabekov and Nurlan Orazalin in the Akorda Presidential Residence in early June.

Participants discussed literature, art, publishing and developing the country’s spiritual culture. They also emphasised the important role of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan in the process of the comprehensive modernisation of the nation.

In a welcoming speech, Abdykalikova quoted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev who stressed the importance of Kazakh intellectuals as the driving force to strengthen national values. She also noted that Kazakhstan is an active participant in the process of globalisation, which is characterised by new technologies and innovative development, while working to preserve Kazakhstan’s unique national mentality, culture and traditions. In this regard, a special place is given to Kazakh literature, which can be an indicator of a country’s cultural and spiritual development.

Today, there are 16 branches of the Union of Writers of Kazakhstan throughout the country, which include representatives of Kazakh, Russian, Uighur, Uzbek, Korean and other ethnic groups represented in the country. The union has established its own newspaper “Kazakh Literature” and several journals to improve public awareness of modern Kazakh literature and support young Kazakh writers.

During the meeting, the intellectuals proposed ideas to promote Kazakh literature and individual, highly valued works among the Kazakh public.

At the end of the meeting, Abdykalikova gave a number of specific instructions to state bodies to implement the ideas that had been proposed.

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