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 both the Business Days and the Innovation Strand.
The extended partnership is a result of the positive response ICD witnessed to the Business Days at the 2019 Festival, and the opportunities they provided for not only the business community but also students.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the largest celebration of the spoken and written word in the Middle East. The event brings together the world’s leading writers and thinkers, including experts and thought leaders in a wide range of fields that have a direct impact on business and innovation.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is a firm favourite in the annual calendar for a huge number of people. The UAE is one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial business environments in the world, so it is fitting that the Festival attracts the most sought after thought leadership speakers. The Business Days and the Innovation Strand will give Festival visitors the chance to hone their business skills and allow everyone to continue to push the boundaries of innovation.”
His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Executive Director and CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai, said: “Once again, we are proud to showcase our passionate commitment to furthering Education and Innovation through continuous sponsorship of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. In alignment with our social outreach policies, we are pleased to extend further support to this great annual literary gathering, and we will be sponsoring the Business Days and the Innovation Strand for the new edition of 2020.”
Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO of the Foundation and founder of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said: “We are delighted to welcome ICD again with an increased presence at the 2020 Festival. We live in an incredibly dynamic society. Our Festival visitors often come for the sheer enjoyment of hearing world class writers speaking about their books, but over the years, there has been a growing demand for more sessions that can improve our skillsets, particularly among university students and entrepreneurs. The ICD sponsored sessions offer visitors a chance to invest in themselves and their future. Business Days and the Innovation Strand go hand in hand and ICD is well known for its focus on investing in the future and giving young people excellent opportunities. There are such great synergies between our two organisations.”
The Business Days include sessions in Arabic and English, including Asia’s first Apprentice winner Jonathan Yabut, international relations expert Parag Khanna, the millionaires’ mentor Bev James, celebrity branding specialist Jeetendr Sehdev, Mariyam Al Balooshi and Khalid Al Hosani and many more. Masterclasses and workshops cover everything from boosting productivity to using Feng Shui in your business and emotional Intelligence.
The innovation strand brings together engineering, astronomy, space travel, and fascinating stories of humans and animals, backed by science, and feature prominent leaders in their respective fields.
The Festival is held with Founding Partners Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture.
To buy tickets and for the full list of authors, visit www.emirateslitfest.com
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 partnership with Emirates NBD. The long-standing partnership enters a new phase with the signing of a multi-year agreement making Emirates NBD the Official Banking Partner. The bank has been the sponsor of the highly regarded poetry performance competition, Emirates NBD Poetry For All for several years. The agreement signed this week signals the bank’s commitment to investing in homegrown creative talent and nurturing the culture of sharing stories as well as ensuring accessibility to cultural opportunities for people of determination.
As Official Banking Partner, Emirates NBD becomes the Festival’s exclusive banking provider. The bank commits to supporting the Foundation in the delivery of its mission of changing lives through spreading the love of books and stories.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said: “All of us on the board are proud to have witnessed the yearly growth of the Festival, and the positive impact that the Foundation and the Festival are having on everyone in our community, across all ages and nationalities.”
Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO and founder of Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “We are deeply grateful to our friends at Emirates NBD for their continuous support. They have partnered with us for many years for our wonderful poetry performance competition, and it was felt on both sides that we could do more together to invest in our community. It is wonderful to see two homegrown organisations joining forces to make our world a little bit better. We look forward to taking this partnership to the next level and together provide a legacy for children to grow up with a love of the written and spoken word.”
Commenting on the partnership, Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Emirates NBD, said: “Emirates NBD is proud to support the Emirates Literature Foundation as Official Banking Partner, marking a new chapter in our longstanding relationship with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The bank has been an active supporter of the festival over the years, sponsoring the Emirates NBD Poetry for All competition that has provided a valuable and rewarding platform for aspiring young poets across the GCC. We remain committed to supporting the foundation in its goals of developing an appreciation for literature among the region’s youth.”
The Emirates NBD Poetry For All competition offers students with a talent for poetry performance a chance to shine, performing favourite poems. It is open to full-time students in the GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) and it is held in Arabic and English. The final of the competition will be held at the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, 4-9 February 2020.
The Emirates NBD Poetry For All competition last year saw more than 400 performers compete across the two age group categories of the competition, 8-13 and 14-18.
Performers compete in several preliminary rounds, with the grand finals held during the Festival. Registration for the competition is open online till 6th October 2019 at emirateslitfest.com/competitions/young-peoples-competitions/poetry-for-all-competition
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. In assosiation with The Executive Council of Dubai, the prestigious awards were presented by Emirates Literature Foundation, to recognise the individuals that showed exceptional commitment to promote reading for pleasure among students, and to raising academic and literacy standards.
Commenting on the occasion, Shumous Majid Bin Faris, Strategic Development Advisor at the General Secretariat of Executive Council of Dubai, said: “Librarians played an essential role in promoting literacy amongst students, and enriching their knowledge and education. This falls in-line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, that aim to reinforce education standards and enable students through knowledge.”
She added: “The Award is part of an initiative in Dubai, dedicated to elevating the community cuturally and educationally by positioning literacy as a corner stone. Consequently, our wise leadership invested heavily in school libraries and librarians to enhance students’ literacy, research skills, and innovation; fueling their immagination and curiosity”.
“Influencing children to read books for pleasure is one of the most important responsibilities there is in preparing the next generation to become well-rounded citizens,” said Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. “It is important not only for their education, but also for the huge benefits it can bring to their wellbeing throughout their whole lives. School librarians can help make this happen. Igniting and nurturing a love of books is a priceless gift and it is wonderful that through this award those that excel can be recognised.”
More than 123 nominations were submitted from around the country. Finalists were assessed by a panel of judges. The judges visited the shortlisted librarians to make their final assement ahead of the final decision. The award was judged in two categories– school librarians from UAE public schools and school librarians from UAE private schools. The winners were presented with their awards by Aisha Abdulla Miran, Assistant Secretary General for Strategy, Management and Governance with the Executive Council of Dubai; Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and authors Lucy Strange and Hussain Al Mutawaa.
The winners are:
1st : Alan Jacques, Uptown School (Dubai)
2nd : Caroline Lewis, RAK Academy (Ras Al Khaimah)
3rd : Jessica Raeside, Dubai International Academy – Emirates Hills (Dubai)
1st : Suhair Jalal Abdulrahman, Rawdat Al Oula (Abu Dhabi)
2nd : Marwa Magdy Ali Mohammed, Baya’at Al Radwan (Ghayathi, Abu Dhabi)
3rd : Sheikha Ali Saif Bin Abed Almari, Salma Al Ansariah Primary School (Dubai)
Special recognition: Yasser Mohammed Abdul Mutalib Ibrahim, Majd Model School (Sharjah)
The prizes for each category are:
- First Place: Trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter for four people, to include flights, accommodation and entry to the studio tour; visit to the British library; an item of library furniture; voucher for AED2000 for library books
- Second Place: Visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts for four people including two nights’ accommodation at a Dubai hotel; voucher for AED1500 for library books
- Third Place: Voucher for AED1500 for library books
All three winners in each category will receive registration to the three-day Sharjah International Book Fair/American Libraries Association conference in November 2020.
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 of a new agreement which sees DEWA become the Official Sustainability Partner for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the largest and best-loved celebration of the written and spoken word in the Middle East.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “The Emirates Literature Foundation and the Festival keep going from strength to strength, having a proven positive impact on our diverse community. Sustainability is of vital importance to us all, and therefore a crucial conversation to be had at the Festival. We are in a unique position to inform, entertain, engage and lead by example.”
“We are pleased that DEWA is the Official Sustainability Partner of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. We are committed to working closely with government and private organisations that strive to instil a culture of reading and make it a way of life. This supports the vision of our wise leadership to establish a reading society in the UAE. We believe in the importance of reading in people’s lives and its role in the development of their societies. This contributes to enhancing Dubai’s position as a city with a strong knowledge-based economy, and strengthens the UAE’s position as a capital for content, culture, and knowledge,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
“Our partnership with the Emirates Literature Foundation and our sponsorship of the sustainability programmes at the Festival complement our efforts to nurture a generation of readers who are tolerant, cultured, and aware of their role in supporting the National efforts to transform into a green economy. It also demonstrates our commitment to deepen the culture of sustainability to make conservation an essential part of individuals’ daily lives, behaviours and habits,” added Al Tayer.
Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO and founder of Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “Our very reason for being here as a Foundation is to improve lives. We know the joy of reading gives people better opportunities in life, improves health and happiness, and gives countless other benefits. But it is all meaningless if we allow our planet to continue its rapid decline.
“We have been making a difference in people’s lives for 12 years. As a Festival that has grown out of its community to become one of the best-loved literary festivals in the world, we will continue to spearhead the conversations that bring real change. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we bring together the people that can help us find them.
“We can look forward to inspiring speakers as part of a diverse strand which will give us an opportunity to change the world together.”
The Festival is not only seeding conversations that spark change; it is leading by example. It has taken great strides towards becoming a sustainable event with the banning of all single-use plastic in 2019 and the installation of a free water fountain, which is estimated to have saved more than 11,000 disposable plastic bottles and 168,000kg of CO2. It has also implemented a green procurement policy which gives preference to sustainable options in everything from consultancy to paper choices. The 2020 Festival is planned to incorporate several additional green initiatives.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will return for its 12th edition 4-9 February 2020. It is held with the support of founding partners Emirates and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and will return for its 12th edition 4-9 February 2020 at InterContinental Dubai – Festival City. The homegrown Festival brings people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from around the world to promote the love of reading, writing and great conversation.
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, under the patronage of UNESCO, has appointed HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf region, with the Emirates Literature Foundation confirmed as consultants for the project for the next five years. VOFG aims to empower young people through a unique writing initiative, encouraging children to promote the UN Convention on the “Rights of the Child”, as well as highlighting sustainable development goals and giving children a voice about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for a sustainable future.
HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “This is an amazing programme, reaching out to all children between 8 and 12 years old worldwide. It is an honour to bring the initiative to life in the Arab world. We want all children in the Gulf to have their voices heard as it is their future. We have an abundance of talented, young people within the region and I can’t wait to read their insightful and creative visions concerning children’s rights, sustainable development goals, and the future we all want to see.”
The top entrants will have the chance to join a global council of prize-winning child authors, and have their work featured online and in print. These inspirational books will be sent to schools and libraries throughout the world so that all children can benefit from the knowledge and insights.
The Emirates Literature Foundation will be running workshops for teachers explaining how to get children involved in the annual competition.
Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation said: “We are proud to be part of this VOFG initiative which advances the right to education and literacy through the children’s book series. The programme recognises that one of the best ways to get children motivated is to hear stories by other children and we know from our own experience with writing competitions just how inspiring that can be. We’re looking forward to being inundated with imaginative and creative stories populated by lively and colourful characters, bringing to life the amazing things that a sustainable future will have in store for us all.”
Entries must be written by children aged 8-12, for children aged 6 and above and be between 1,200-1,500 words long, in Arabic or English. The stories will feature themes around children’s rights and sustainable development, and the writer’s hopes, dreams or aspirations for a sustainable future. Entries are open to all children resident in the GCC and in full-time education, including people of determination. Time-scales will be announced shortly.
For more details see http://www.vofg.org
More information about the Emirates Literature Foundation can be found online and year-round news of #EmiratesLitFest on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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 Versions of Us, Greatest Hits) to Dubai to teach two courses for new and experienced writers. This is the first time that Curtis Brown Creative courses have been held in Dubai.
“This is an unmissable opportunity for those who want to write but don’t know where to start, or established writers who want to sharpen their writing skills and learn from a bestselling author,” said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome Laura to Dubai. She is a fantastic writer, keen to impart her knowledge to the writing community here. Curtis Brown is one of the most illustrious literary agencies in the world and their writing school, Curtis Brown Creative, has a fantastic track record with 64 former students having won commercial publishing deals. Doing these courses should be a priority for anyone in Dubai who is serious about their writing.”
The first three-day course for beginners (11-13 October) will help emerging writers unlock their creativity and start writing fiction, with a focus on character and place, put them on the path to discovering their own style. It will feature tutor-led discussion to inspire ideas and writing exercises to get creative juices flowing. Each member of the group will also receive a 20-minute individual tutorial with the tutor. The course costs AED 2,650.
The advanced writing course (17-19 October) is for those already working on a novel or short story who would like some expert help to develop it. Applicants are required to submit the opening of their novel-in-progress or short story (up to 3,000 words) and a one-page synopsis by 19 September 2019. Fifteen students will be accepted based on the material submitted. The course costs AED 2,650 (AED 650 refundable deposit to be paid on application).
Successful applicants for the advanced course will take part in writing workshops and have the chance to delve deeper into the processes that underpin good writing and editing through the experienced knowledge of a best-selling author. It is also an opportunity to create a network of support that can be invaluable to writers throughout their career. Every student will receive a 20-minute individual tutorial, focused on their work in progress, and the course will culminate in an elevator pitch workshop with verbal feedback from the tutor.
Both courses are limited to 15 participants and are open to those aged 18 and over. The courses will take place at the Creative Space in the Crowne Plaza, Dubai Festival City and include lunch each day at Anise restaurant in the adjoining InterContinental hotel. Registrations are now open for both courses with full payment of AED 2,650 required by 26 September 2019. Applicants for the Advanced course must pay the deposit of AED 650, along with their registration, also before 26 September, which will be refunded if they are not offered a place on the course.
For more information, including the detailed course schedule and to register for a place on the course, visit https://www.elfdubai.org/en/creative-writing-course.
To find out more about Curtis Brown Creative visit www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk and follow on Twitter @cbcreative to take part in their monthly writing competition #WriteCB
More information about the Emirates Literature Foundation can be found online and year-round news of #EmiratesLitFest on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
For more information, please contact: Nana Mancell, Tel: +971 43559844 ext 420
Notes to editors:
1. Laura Barnett
Laura Barnett is the author of the number-one bestseller The Versions of Us (2015), which has been translated into 24 languages, and was shortlisted for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards. Her second novel, Greatest Hits, was published in 2017, with an accompanying soundtrack album by the musician Kathryn Williams. As well as teaching creative writing for Curtis Brown Creative, she has also taught for Guardian Masterclasses and is a lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s writing School.
2. Curtis Brown Creative
Curtis Brown Creative is the writing school affiliated to the Curtis Brown agency, running successful courses online and in London. Tutored by renowned authors, and featuring contributions from top literary agents, major authors and leading publishers, the courses have been a huge hit – and thus far 64 students have gained deals with commercial publishers across the globe – including Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Nicholas Searle (The Good Liar), Jane Harper (The Dry), Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat) and Laura Marshall (Friend Request).
To find out more about Curtis Brown Creative and sign-up for their newsletter please visit www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk , and follow on Twitter @cbcreative to take part in their monthly writing competition #WriteCBC
3. Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency
Curtis Brown is a major literary and talent agency, representing award-winning and bestselling authors such as John le Carré, Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Marian Keyes and Jojo Moyes, as well as actors, directors, producers and presenters. Curtis Brown is part of the Original Talent group of companies.
4. About the Emirates Literature Foundation:
The Emirates Literature Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures a love of literature in the United Arab Emirates and the region, through a programme of varied cultural initiatives.
Established in 2013 by Royal Decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Foundation aims to foster a love for literature, with a focus on the Arabic language.
In line with the National Reading Policy of the UAE, the Foundation has implemented several long-term projects including the School Librarian of the Year Award and the annual Arabic Language Week, as well as conducting year-round student education programmes, book clubs and creative writing courses. The Foundation’s previous initiatives included the 2016 Dubai Translation Conference and the 2017 Dubai International Publishing Conference, which hosted a number of international participants.
- Beginners and Advanced courses in writing fiction led by best-selling author Laura Barnett
- Unlock creativity, hone writing skills and learn how to pitch
The Foundation is also the governing body of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literary festival, which will be return in 2020.
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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 a special ceremony at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (1-9 March 2019). The prestigious awards are presented by the Emirates Literature Foundation, in association with The Executive Council of Dubai, to recognise those Librarians who have demonstrated outstanding commitment in sharing their love of literature and promoting reading for pleasure among the student community whilst also raising academic and literacy standards in the school.
“Influencing children to read books for pleasure is one of the most important responsibilities there is in preparing the next generation to become well-rounded citizens,” said Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. “School librarians are committed to making a difference to literacy in their schools, sharing their passion for books and inspiring children to pick up a book and read. It is wonderful that through this award their hard work and commitment can be recognised.”
Shumous Majid Bin Faris, General Co-ordinator for the month of reading in Dubai and Advisor at the General Secretariat of Executive Council of Dubai, said that, “The joint efforts to promote the culture of reading will contribute to enhancing the position of Dubai and its sustainable development, creating a knowledge based society. She also added, “This award is a recognition of the outstanding role played by librarians to get our children to love and appreciate reading and learning. Librarians support our progress towards achieving excellence in the cultural field, in line with the UAE National Strategy for Reading (2016-2026). The award contributes to empowering generations to face the future and creating a motivating environment.”
The Executive Council of Dubai has remained a strategic partner of the Emirates Literature Foundation in developing a framework to build and empower intellectucal capabilities among youth – aligned with Dubai Government’s efforts to create a knowledge-based economy in line with the UAE Vison 2021.
More than 116 nominations were submitted from around the country, the highest number of entries ever received for the awards. Finalists were assessed by a panel of judges who visited the shortlisted librarians to make a final assessment. The award was judged in two categories– school librarians working in public (government) schools in the UAE and school librarians working in private schools in the UAE.
The winners are:
Halima Khalfan Salem Alnagbi, Omair Bin Abi Waqas School for Basic Education, Cycle 1, Eastern area – Sharjah
Abeer Mohammed Salem Hamad AlHusani, Muhra Bint Ahmad School for Basic Education, Cycle 1, Ras Al Khaima
Rawdah Mesiad Khalid Almansoori, Ghayathi School for Basic Education (Boys’ section), Abu Dhabi
Mary Rose Grieve, Hartland International School, Dubai
Teejay Button, Raha International School, Abu Dhabi
N Basavaraja, Garden City British School, Al Ain
Two librarians were also awarded special recognition for their determination and dedication to their students. Arwa Mustafa and Ayesha AlShaer from National Charity School, Cycle 1, Al Garhoud Dubai, jointly received this prize.
The winners were presented with their awards by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, Chairman Dubai Airports and Chairman Emirates Literature Foundation, HE Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of The Executive of Dubai, Mrs. Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and authors Nicola Morgan and Maitha Al Khayyat. The ceremony included a celebration lunch and a discussion panel on the importance of reading for pleasure.
The prizes for each category are:
- First Place: Trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter for people, to include flights, accommodation and entry to the studio tour; visit to the British library; an item of library furniture; voucher for AED2000 for library books.
- Second Place: Visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts for 4 people
including two nights’ accommodation at a Dubai hotel; voucher for AED1500 for library books
- Third Place: Voucher for AED1500 for library books
- Special Recognition: voucher for AED1000 for library books
All three winners in each category also receive registration to the three-day Sharjah International Book Fair/American Libraries Association conference in November 2019.
Dubai September 2018: Naturalist David Attenborough, novelist Kate Atkinson and historian Mary Beard will be appearing live in Dubai from The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on 6 October, thanks to a collaboration with the Emirates Literature Foundation, the home of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The ‘Festival in a Day’ event takes place via live-link at Novo Cinema, Dubai Festival City, from 3.30pm.
David Attenborough’s recent BBCTV Blue Planet 2 series sparked an outcry around the world about plastic pollution in the oceans, leading to a greater awareness of the damage that is being inflicted. He will be discussing his completely new edition of the ground-breaking Life on Earth, and assessing how the world has changed since its original publication 40 years ago.
Acclaimed novelist Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in 1995 for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum and has since written ten books, including four in the Jackson Brodie crime series. She will be discussing her new novel, Transcription.
Women & Power – A Manifesto is the latest work from renowned classicist
Mary Beard. She will be dissecting the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, from the classical world to the modern day, from Medusa and Athena to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton, and discussing how we can change the narrative around women and power.
‘We are thrilled to be able to bring these three top authors to Dubai via live-link,’ said Isobel Abulhoul, chief executive officer and trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. ‘As the home of one of the world’s leading international literary festivals, we are always looking for ways to enhance our offering. This partnership with Cheltenham to bring a ‘Festival in a Day’ extends our year round programme, with the opportunity to experience a taste of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, the oldest literary festival in the world, and be part of it in Dubai.’
Tickets for the ‘Festival in a Day’ are available from emirateslitfest.com priced
120 AED for all three events. The timings are:
Kate Atkinson – Transcription 3.30pm – 4.30pm
David Attenborough – Life On Earth 5.30pm – 6.45pm
Mary Beard – Women & Power – A Manifesto 7.45pm – 8.45pm
Buy your tickets here!
Dubai, September 2018: An evening of Emirati poetry is to be featured at this year’s London Literature Festival, the first time that the art form has been included in the programme. Three of the United Arab Emirates’ leading poets will perform their work at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, on Wednesday 24 October at 8pm. Performances will be in Arabic and English, with translation.
The poets’ appearance at the event has been made possible through the support of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE, and the Emirates Literature Foundation.
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, emphasized the importance of having Emirati poets at London Literature Festival. ‘Their participation amplifies the national poetic talents globally and highlights UAE’s inspiring cultural heritage, which narrates important chapters of UAE history and embodies the country’s common human values.
Al Kaabi added: ‘We are happy to announce the Ministry’s support for Emirates Literature Foundation, which plays a vital role in building bridges of constructive communication among various cultures and civilizations and highlighting the development witnessed in the current cultural, literal, artistic and creative scene in the UAE.’
Isobel Abulhoul, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation said: ‘One of our aims at the Emirates Literature Foundation is to provide opportunities to put Emirati literary talent in the spotlight. This is a tremendous platform to highlight Emirati poetry and it is an honour to have our beloved poets included at this prestigious event. I am sure that those with families living in the UK will let them know that the performance is happening so that they can come along and enjoy it. In addition to Emirati nationals resident in London, we expect this event to be popular with anyone with an interest in the Arab World and poetry.’
The London Literature Festival, which last year saw Tom Hanks and Hillary Clinton headline the event, celebrates a wide range of literature from across the world. The Emirati poetry evening will be staged at the Southbank Centre, the world-famous, multi-venue arts centre which houses the largest contemporary collection of poetry in the UK in the National Poetry Library. The Emirati poets will be invited to donate a copy of their works to the collection.
The featured poets are:
Nujoom Alghanem is an Emirati writer, artist and film director and one of the most recognized female poets in the Arab world. She is known for her free-verse writing style and has published eight collections including Evening of Paradise, Sins, Journeyings, and I Fall into Myself.
Ali AlShaali is a poet, culture activist and publisher and has been reciting his poetry in the United Arab Emirates and Gulf Countries for the last 20 years. He is an active member of the Emirates Writers Union and has published three anthologies of poetry A Bee and a Rababa, Faces and Weary Others and The Earth Has One Soul. Ali is currently working on a novel and his fourth poetry anthology.
Maryam Mahyoh is a poet, painter and fashion designer. She has won a number of awards and competitions for her poetry and represented her country at events such as the National Day Celebrations in 2015. Her poems have been published in several magazines. A specialist in Nabati poetry, Maryam has also collaborated with composers to put her verses to music.
The event is free but tickets are required for entry. Tickets and further information is available at https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/131370-emirati-poets-london-2018
Dubai, September 2018: The annual School Librarian of the Year Award has opened for nominations. Now in its third year, the Award champions the important role that school librarians have in influencing children to read books for pleasure. It is given by the Emirates Literature Foundation and The Executive Council of Dubai to those school librarians who have been shown to make a difference to literacy in their schools, sharing their passion for books and inspiring the next generation of readers.
The 2019 School Librarian of the Year Award is awarded in two categories – school librarians working in public (government) schools in the UAE and school librarians working in private schools in the UAE. All nominees will be given a registration to a one-day professional development session at the Sharjah International Book Fair/ American Libraries Association conference in November 2019. Nominations made before 15 November will be included in our Early Bird lottery draw for three pairs of tickets to a main programme session at the 2019 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
The winners will be honoured at a ceremony during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Foundation’s landmark event, from 1-9 March, 2019.
“We are happy to sponsor and participate in the School Librarian of the Year Award for the third year in a row, because we believe in the vital importance of developing a culture of reading,” said Shumous Bin Faris, – Coordinator of Reading Initiatives in Dubai. “Reading is so important in establishing fundamental values, increasing knowledge and even developing the personality of growing children. It is vital in building the future of our nation.”
Shumous added, “Reading empowers people. It gives us the opportunity to develop knowledge. Young adults especially have engaged with the The National Strategy for Reading, and the month of reading, both of which help the younger generation make reading a part of their daily lives. These initiatives also reinforce Dubai’s status as a unique cultural destination, developing the economy, human values and empowering young people through education and culture. We are proud of this award, which shines a light on the heroes of our society who devote their time and effort to instill the love of knowledge in our children’s’ hearts.”
‘Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things that we can teach our children, a life-long gift that feeds the imagination and opens the door to other worlds,’ said Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation. ‘Librarians play a huge role in helping to make this love of reading happen, reassuring the reluctant reader or spurring the more confident on with the perfectly chosen books that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.’
Over the last two years more than 175 nominations have been submitted from around the country. Nominations can be put forward by any individual, including colleagues, head teachers, students, governors and parents. Self-nominations are also encouraged.
All schools are eligible, whatever their language, but nominations must be entered online in either Arabic or English. Shortlisted nominees from both public and private schools will be judged on the the library’s role within the school and wider community in line with the following criteria:
• How does the library environment promote reading?
• Does the library make the best use of the resources available to it (including the physical library collection and use of technology)?
• What is the librarian’s, and the library’s role in raising academic and literacy standards in the school?
• How does the librarian promote reading for pleasure?
• What is the library’s role within the school and the wider community?
Each prize will be awarded to a librarian in a public school library and to a librarian in a private school library:
• First Place: Trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter for 4 people, to include flights, accommodation and entry to the studio tour; visit to the British library; an item of library furniture; voucher for AED 2000 for library books
• Second Place: Visit to Dubai Parks and Resorts for 4 people including two nights’ accommodation at a Dubai hotel; voucher for AED 1500 for library books
• Third Place: Voucher for AED 1500 for library books
All three winners in each category will also be awarded registration to the Sharjah International Book Fair/ American Libraries Association conference in November 2019.
The closing date for nominations is 9 December, 2018. For more information and to enter the competition, visit elfdubai.org/en/librarian-award