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Event 49 Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Why does translated literature matter? Our panel of literary leading lights discusses the big questions of opening their work to the world.

Can translated literature lead to empathy and intercultural dialogue? What effect does international success have on an author’s work? And, what is lost in translation?

Khaled Khalifa is the author of No Knives in the Kitchens of this City, winner of the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal.

Ibrahim Nasrallah is famous for Time of White Horses; having written numerous novels of Palestine’s past he looks to the future in Dog War II.

Youssef Rakha is the author of The Book of the Sultan's Seal, an exploration of the routes to an Islamic renaissance.

Dima Wannous is the author of The Frightened, a close examination of fear and anxiety set in contemporary Syria.

This panel is moderated by Turki Al Zaabi.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West

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Event 818 Creative Writing Course with Ibrahim Nasrallah

Sunday 4 March, 9.30am-5pm   Al Amwaj 2, InterContinental

Award-winning author Ibrahim Nasrallah is coming to Dubai to teach a one-day creative writing course to aspiring novelists writing in Arabic.

Focusing on diversity in writing, Nasrallah’s course explores the importance of offering readers a wider variety of stories – in both subject matter and style. How can writers break out of their comfort zone and diversify their writing? This course will teach how, and Nasrallah will guide participants in their exploration of new forms, new vocabulary, new ideas – everything needed to write new stories!

Please download the outline here for full details of the day’s activities.

The tutor: Ibrahim Nasrallah is a successful author who, in his latest book, has made his own stylistic leap. Dog War II, set in a corrupt but highly advanced future dystopia, is groundbreaking in style and content. He has written 14 poetry collections, 16 novels, and several non-fiction books. His novel Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the IPAF, Kilimanjaro Spirit won the Katara Prize, and he has received the Sultan Owais Literary Award for Poetry and Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity for his body of work.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included.

Make sure to arrive for registration and introductions at 9:30 so the course can begin promptly at 10:00.

Language: Arabic

Creative Writing Course with Ibrahim Nasrallah

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Event 24 Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a full-time writer. With the freedom to write, he has produced some of his best work, including the IPAF-shortlisted Time of White Horses, Lanterns of the King of Galilee and Kilimanjaro Spirit – the last inspired by his journey with volunteers and disabled Palestinian children to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In this conversation he will talk about his writing, the challenges he faced growing up and his shift from telling the story of 250 years of recent Palestinian history to his surprise move into futuristic dystopian fiction in Dog War II.

Ibrahim will be in conversation with Ibrahim Ustadi.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

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