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20 October 2016

2017 Author Line-Up Announced

The Journey Begins Here! The 2017 Festival line-up is out and we can’t wait for you to see it. More than 140 authors from around the world will be attending the Festival. What’s more, we have so many exciting new sessions for you to enjoy. You won’t want to miss this.

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What’s New at the Festival

The Festival will be held over nine days in 2017 and we have a host of new and exciting events already planned for you. The Murder Mystery Dinner will be back with a new format, while the International Publishing Conference and the Residential Creative Writing Course will give aspiring writers essential advice for the writing journey ahead.

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Curtis Jobling in Dubai

The Foundation team was delighted to have Bob the Builder, Frankenstein’s Cat and RaaRaa the Noisy Lion illustrator Curtis Jobling back in Dubai, and he didn’t disappoint! More than 2000 lucky students were inspired by the illustrator and author of so many children’s books.

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Student Competitions

The deadline for the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and the Taaleem Award loom ever closer. Now is the best time to submit your stories and poems and let your talent shine!

And don’t forget to register for the performance poetry competition Qasidah par Coeur

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Montegrappa Writing Prize Now Open

Are you an unpublished writer dreaming of becoming a published novelist? Your wishes could come true with the Montegrappa Writing Prize. Enter your submission today.

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2016 Arabic Language Week

Over five days, renowned Emirati and Arab World authors are visiting schools and universities as part of Arabic Language Week. The Week has been a huge success so far and further sessions will be held in schools and Dubai Mall.

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The Recipe for Happiness

You are invited to an enchanting evening of storytelling through performance and theatre. Delve into the secrets of finding happiness with Italian performers Paola Balbi and Martina Pisciali.

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Dubai Translation Conference is Here

Starting today, unlock the secrets of the world of translation at the International Dubai Translation Conference, held by the Foundation, in partnership with The Executive Council of Dubai.

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Big Win at Time Out Dubai Kids Awards

We are delighted the Festival was awarded Best Family Friendly Day Out at the recent Time Out Dubai Kids Awards. This award is particularly special to us as the Festival’s main aim is to provide a diverse programme for people of all ages.

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Foundation Friends

We would like to invite you to become a supporter and integral part of the Emirates Literature Foundation by signing up as a Foundation Friend.
As a Foundation Friend, you can enjoy discounts, priority seating and exclusive benefits at all Foundation events and the Festival.

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Upcoming Events

Festival Reading Group – Arabic

Children's Reading Group

Readers' Majlis

Festival Reading Group - English

25 OCT 2016 (Tue)
11am – 12pm


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29 OCT 2016 (Sat)
10am – 12pm


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14 NOV 2016 (Mon)
10:30am – 11:30am


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16 NOV 2016 (Wed)
7:30pm – 9pm


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