#LEAVEYOURNOTE Book Donation Scheme Launched at Al Serkal Avenue

#LEAVEYOURNOTE, a first of its kind campaign in Dubai encourages the people and organisations to donate books of influence to what will become a permanent part of A4 Space, officially opening its doors on April 21, 2014 at 7pm. An area of 6000 sq ft, located in the midst of Alserkal Avenue district, boasting: free […] [...more]

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Update: Emirates LitFest Children’s Programme

DUBAI, 20 February 2014: The children’s programme of the sixth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature promises a diverse and exciting roster of events including free sessions during the two Education Days, author visits to schools, fringe events and a host of workshops tailored to children. The Education Days have been a mainstay of the Festival […] [...more]

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – first sessions sell out!

DUBAI, 4 February 2014: A number of sessions at the sixth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature have sold out within days of tickets going on general sale say organisers, who also announced a series of additional workshops to take place in the week-end preceding the Festival. The first sessions to sell out were the Quick […] [...more]

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Book launch – Contemporary Kingdom: The Saudi Art Scene Now

Set to be launched in February, this publication details key elements and practitioners who have contributed to art in Saudi Arabia over the years, establishing the country as a leading cultural centre in the region. In recent years, the art arena in Saudi Arabia has presented the world with reasons to label it as an […] [...more]

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature revamps Festival Friends for New Year

Dubai, 06 December, 2014: Regular Festival-goers are in for a treat this New Year with a host of new benefits added to the Festival Friends programme, said organisers of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The Festival Friends programme is an annual membership that offers attractive benefits for a variety of sessions with some of […] [...more]

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In Memoriam: Ahmad Fuad Nigm, The People’s Poet

Kamal Abdel-Malek, Professor of Arabic Literature, AUD, speaks about Ahmad Fuad Nigm – ‘The People’s Poet’.   In Memoriam Ahmad Fuad Nigm, The People’s Poet (May 22, 1929-December 3, 2013) It is with much grief and a great sense of loss that I inform our AUD community that the renowned Egyptian poet Ahmad Fuad Nigm […] [...more]

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British Council and Emirates Airline Festival of Literature host inspiring talk by Countess of Carnarvon about the ‘real Downton Abbey’

DUBAI, December 12: An insight into the ‘real Downton Abbey’ was revealed today with an entertaining talk by the eighth Countess of Carnarvon, Lady Fiona Carnarvon, about the family seat, Highclere castle, which is also the location for the hit TV series. Lady Fiona also spoke of the real-life stories that have inspired the show, […] [...more]

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Q&A With The Book Walrus

I caught up with the Book Walrus – Dubai’s newest book blogging creature – to discuss all things bookish. The Book Walrus is a blog set up by author Rachel Hamilton – 2nd place winner of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s Montegrappa ‘First Fiction’ competition. Winning a place in the competition has resulted in […] [...more]

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Emirates Festival of Literature Announces 2014 Author Line-up

The newly-rebranded Emirates Festival of Literature announced its 2014 line-up on 21st October, 2013, at a gala dinner in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (the home of the Festival). It’s always nice to go to an event, meet authors, talk writing and leave with a free book! EMIRATES FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE REVEALS SPARKLING AUTHOR […] [...more]

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The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – Full 2014 Author Line-up

Kamal Abdel-Malek Dubai Abulhoul Mohammed Achaari Kate Adie Amal Al Agroobi Khalid Albudoor Jim Al-Khalili Ali Alsaloom Saud alSanousi Abdullah Al-Shwaikh Amish Charles Arthur Paddy Ashdown Tash Aw Pam Ayres Muna Al Bahar Jody Ballard Samar Mahfouz Barraj Amal Belhoul Dherar Belhoul Henry Blofeld Luigi Bonomi Arlette Boutros Mourad Boutros Jeremy Bowen John Boyne Ahmed […] [...more]

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Dubai Journalist Releases First Book: ‘The Witch Doctor of Umm Suqeim’

Dubai journalist Craig Hawes has launched his first book, ‘TheWitch Doctor of Umm Suqeim’, published by Parthian Books, Wales. A vision of contemporary Dubai from the perspective of a variety of expats from different parts of the world, telling tales of hardship and the highlife, paranoia and alienation, cruelty and love. The locations switch from parties at mansions […] [...more]

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Kamal Abdel Malek, the Arab Spring, literature & the lure of fiction

Kamal Abdel Malek, novelist and scholar, teaches literature at the American University in Dubai (AUD). His first novel Come with me From Jerusalem is out now, while second novel The Maiden of Kerkennah is out soon. Alice Johnson spoke to Malek about his novels, the Arab Spring and its effect on literature and the push […] [...more]

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Roger Allen wins 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Congratulations Roger Allen! Roger Allen is the winner of the 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his translation of A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich, published by Syracuse University Press. Humphrey Davies is the runner-up for his translation of I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti, published by Bloomsbury. The four […] [...more]

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Writer’s Digest: THE 10 DOS AND DON’TS OF WRITING A QUERY LETTER

Here’s a great post from Writer’s Digest blogger Brian Klems. Thanks for the advice Brian!   Learning how to write a must-read query letter is nearly as important as writing a must-read manuscript—after all, an enticing query letter is what will get an agent to say, “Love your story. Send me the full manuscript.” While […] [...more]

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Mitch Albom sells big ideas in simple tales + NEW book review

An amazing book, by an amazing man! Published in The National, 18th September 2012. By Alice Johnson Mitch Albom catapulted to fame after the release of his breakthrough book, Tuesdays with Morrie, in 1997. The small volume, which chronicled Albom’s discussions about life and death with his former sociology professor, has sold more than 14 […] [...more]

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