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Rob Biddulph at the 14th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Foundation releases sixteen recordings of panel sessions, conversations, and poetry performances from the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 Including those with H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, Mark Billingham, and…

Dubai, UAE, 5 July 2022: The Wikimedians of UAE user group has issued an open invitation to the public to attend the sixth edition of the WikiArabia conference, a calendar…

Story Writing Competitions Now Open Dubai, UAE, 08 June 2022: The Emirates Literature Foundation’s search for the nation’s best young story writers has begun, with the launch of its annual…

Conversations about literature up 7% in the UAE and 3% globally Interest in independently published books booming with 27% increase in online conversations in the UAE, compared to 18% growth…

Top festivals share post-pandemic opportunities and challenges  Dubai, UAE, 28 April 2022: International literary festivals shared the challenges faced during the last two years, how they have adapted, and the…

28 April 2022, Dubai, UAE: The Wikimedians of UAE User Group is calling for entries for the Wiki Loves Earth photography competition. The annual international contest asks contributors to upload…

Dubai, UAE, 19 April 2022: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, one of the world’s leading literary events, is celebrating the success of its 14th edition (3-13 February 2022), which…

Emirates Literature Foundation and Wikimedians of the UAE User Group celebrate the holy month by compiling and sharing Ramadan traditions on Wikipedia  Dubai, UAE, 14 April 2022: The Emirates Literature…

Free books available at the thematic Expo 2020 pavilions and in communities across UAE during the Month of Reading Dubai, UAE, March 2022: The child authors of Voices of Future…

Nine activities in celebration of nine-year anniversary of the Emirates Literature Foundation Dubai, UAE, 7 March, 2022: The Emirates Literature Foundation is celebrating the UAE’s Month of Reading with a…

Event aims to narrow the gap between the number of pages for Emirati men and women on Wikipedia Dubai, UAE, 3 March 2022: The Emirates Literature Foundation and the Wikimedians…

Engaging, fun and free: the webinars offer a deep dive on selected SDGs and how children can use them in creative writing Dubai, UAE, 1 March 2022: Voices of Future…

Outstanding individuals honoured for influential role in engaging students with literature Dubai, UAE, 10 February 2022: In a prestigious ceremony held today at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (3-13…

Ten writers hand-picked for mentorship programme with internationally published authors Dubai, 5 February 2022: The first recipients of First Chapter, the ELF Seddiqi Writers’ Fellowship were announced today at a…

Dubai, 5 February 2022: The winners of the Emirates LitFest Writing Prize have been announced today, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists. Recognised as…

Innovative new programme will nurture the writing stars of tomorrow The first global standard mentorship programme in the region for aspiring writers from the UAE has been launched by the…

The Emirates Literature Foundation today announced the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2022 will take place 3 – 12 February in a new canal side location at the Habtoor City…

Expanded panel of judges for the competition that has already opened path to publishing deals for ten debut novelists Dubai, 28 September 2021:  The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s writing…

The award highlights the significant role that librarians play in instilling reading and enhancing the educational process Dubai, 20 September 2021:  The search is on for the UAE’s top school…

The Readers’ Cup, Emirates NBD Poetry For All, the Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai Children’s Letter Writing Competition and The Story Writing Competition all open for entries. : The Emirates…

Storytelling and activities at the indoor rainforest, 19-21 August 2021.  The Emirates Literature Foundation is collaborating with Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) and The Green Planet, Dubai’s only indoor rainforest, to…

The Emirates Literature Foundation and the Executive Council Dubai honour extraordinary individuals who have instilled the love of literature in children in the face of a pandemic Dubai, UAE: The…

Story Writing Competitions Now Open The Emirates Literature Foundation’s search for the nation’s best young story writers has begun, with the launch of its annual creative writing competition for students,…

Partnership with Voices of Future Generations for the Middle East to drive future growth in the region as the event marks the 30th anniversary of Roots & Shoots Dubai, UAE:…

In the nine months since the Foundation and Google launched Kateb Maktub, the number of Arab author pages on Wikipedia has increased by 320% Grand slam prize winners get all…

Chevron Readers’ Cup, Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and Montegrappa Letter Writing Competition winners honoured at special ceremony. The Emirates LitFest celebrates Month of Reading with awards for talented…

Virtual and live sessions staged over three venues and a digital Student Edition attracted thousands of culture vultures. 10 March 2021, UAE: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (29 January-13…

Dubai, 25 February 2021: In celebration of the Month of Reading, the Emirates Literature Foundation has launched a reading challenge open to everyone in the UAE. There are two categories,…

Dubai, UAE, Feb 9 2021: The final weekend of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature kicks off at Alserkal Avenue, a vibrant cultural district in the Al Quoz industrial area…

Prestigious competition for new novelists paves the way for publishing success. Dubai, 4 February 2021: The winner of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition for unpublished novelists has…

Gives access to a minimum of ten live-streamed sessions Dubai, UAE, January 2021: A digital ticket giving access to a minimum of ten fantastic livestreamed festival sessions at the Emirates…

More top names announced  Highlights include Malala, Elif Shafak, Amin Maalouf, and Lemn Sissay  Dubai, UAE, 13 January 2021: Tickets are on sale from 12:00 tomorrow, Thursday 14 January for…

Impressive programme includes literary greats Elif Shafak, Amin Maalouf, and Lemn Sissay Festival returns with exciting mix of live and virtual sessions Dubai, UAE, 29 December 2020: Nobel prize winner…

UAE, December 2020: The Emirates Literature Foundation, together with Google, has launched a new initiative that will vastly increase the presence and visibility of Arab authors online, ahead of World…

Festival will run from 29 January to 13 February 2021 under the theme ‘Change the Story.’ Event to feature mix of talks, workshops, performances, food, film and books of all…

Creative writing courses enables inmates to engage with literature and have their voices heard Dubai, November 2020: The second year of the Emirates Literature Foundation’s ground–breaking project ‘From The Inside…

Nominations will now close on 14 March 2021 Award recognises exceptional librarians who make an impact in  their schools Dubai, October  2020:  The deadline for nominations for the prestigious annual…

Discussion on ‘New World Order’ will be part of the Bookfest Digital programme Dubai, 06 October 2020: A specially commissioned digital event featuring author and diplomat Omar Saif Ghobash and…

Dubai, UAE, October 2020: The Emirates Literature Foundation’s new podcast, the Boundless Book Club, has today released a special episode featuring Avni Doshi, one of the authors shortlisted for the…

Competition has already opened path to publishing deals for nine debut novelists Dubai, 03 September 2020: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s writing competition for unpublished authors has now opened…

Dubai, 03 September 2020:  The fine art of letter writing is to be celebrated by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Montegrappa, Italy’s oldest manufacturer of hand-crafted writing instruments, in…

Award promotes librarians’ exceptional impact in encouraging reading in their schools The fifth consecutive year of collaboration between Emirates Literature Foundation and The Executive Council of Dubai highlights the importance…

Dubai, 5 February 2020: The winners of the School Librarian of the Year Awards 2020 were announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which will run until Febraury 9th. …

Dubai, 3 February 2020: The Emirates Literature Foundation and the Ministry of Tolerance today announced the culmination of a joint project leading to Emirati authors and illustrators producing a series…

Dubai, 11 December 2019: TheEmirates Airline Festival of Literature and Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) today announced the signing of an expanded sponsorship agreement for the 2020 Festival, which covers…

6 October 2019 Official signing ceremony cements strong partnership and shared ambitions for a sustainable future Emirates Literature Foundation and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced today the signing…

Dubai, 29 September 2019: The Board of Trustees of the Emirates Literature Foundation was delighted to attend the signing ceremony for an agreement signalling a new chapter of the Foundation’s…

Dubai 25 June 2019: HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum to be region’s Goodwill Ambassador Emirates Literature Foundation appointed as consultants The Voices of Future Generations (VOFG) programme,…

Dubai 1 July 2019: The Emirates Literature Foundation has teamed up with the creative writing school of major UK literary agency Curtis Brown to bring bestselling author Laura Barnett (The…

Dubai, 6 March 2019: Outstanding individuals honoured for pivotal role in engaging students with literature The winners of the School Librarian of the Year Awards 2019 were announced today at…

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