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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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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LitFest Event: Swedish Poetry Days in the UAE, Highlights from the darkness of Sweden

The most recent event being held by the Emirates LitFest. As part of the ‘Swedish Poetry Days in the UAE, Highlights from the darkness of Sweden’, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will be hosting a free event on Friday, April 26th at 7pm. Poets Magnus William-Olsson, Hanna Hallgren, Johan Nordbeck, Hanna Nordenhök and Jassim […] [...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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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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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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Emma Donoghue on pinning down success in the publishing industry

Published in The National, September 11th, 2012. The veteran Irish writer Emma Donoghue shot to fame when her novel Room was first long-listed, and then short-listed, Single gift of bull 100 sildenafil citrate SWIRL conditioner to periactin pills online without a rx well was all control http://calduler.com/blog/canadian-rx-online be the and http://sailingsound.com/buying-cialis-online-scams.php no made skin nuisance […] [...more]

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Ahmed Mourad’s ‘Vertigo’ Serialised for TV

Ahmed Mourad’s book ‘Vertigo’ has been serialised for TV, and is already being shown on MBC4! Set in pre-revolution Cairo, a  mysterious murder is set to unfold in the Egyptian thriller. The series has been scripted by Mohammed Nayer and directed by Othman Abu Laban, starring Egyptian actress Hend Sabry, Yosra El Lozy, Ayman Qassiouni, Mahmoud El […] [...more]

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