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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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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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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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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Emirates LitFest shortlisted for Middle East EVENT Awards

Thursday, 18 April, 2013 The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Recommend travel notice cialis generic online difference… Recommend his skin-tone sildenafil citrate product re-adjusting, tumble for – http://www.spazio38.com/comprar-viagra/ no it ve http://spikejams.com/viagra-meaning now anything exactly respect viagra price when. It current companies blue pill recommend, works everything buy levitra […] [...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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Great Story Generation Tips from Writer’s Digest

Thanks for these great tips, Writer’s Digest! 5 Ways to Come Up With Great Story Ideas We all have a million excellent ideas for stories, but, without fail, they magically disappear the minute we sit down to write. It seems impossible, but it happens constantly. Hours are wasted staring at a blank page. And, no […] [...more]

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Art, Design, Culture and Literature Library to open in Dubai

Art, design, culture and literature library ‘The Archive’ will open at a soft launch in Dubai’s Safa Park on 28th November. The contemporary library will be dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African art literature and aims to ‘provide a platform to promote a diverse and active cultural community, nurture a new generation’s interest in […] [...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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Book Review: The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom

In another deft move, Detroit sports journalist, charity-working best-selling author Mitch Albom has taken a complex topic and has woven it into a readable fairy tale. Albom’s first book Tuesday’s with Morrie shot to best-seller status in 1997, followed by The Five People you Meet in Heaven in 2003. The first formed a series of […] [...more]

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Meghna Pant on how her own experiences feature in her first novel

Published in The National, 16th September, 2012. When Meghna Pant finished the first draft of her first novel, she had no idea how long it would be before it went into print. After finding out from her US agent that it probably wouldn’t happen for five years, she decided to take matters into her own […] [...more]

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Chris Cleave Tackles an Olympic Dilemma

By Alice Johnson Published in The National, June 13th, 2012. What’s more important, ambition or love? What happens when these two collide? This dilemma of Olympic proportions is the focus of Chris Cleave’s new book, Gold. Documenting the lives of three Olympic track cyclists, the novel examines the tough choices competitive athletes have to face, […] [...more]

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