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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Reading & Remembering

Event 205 Sunday 5 March, 8.30pm-9.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

March 5, 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, in which more than 30 people were killed and more than a hundred wounded. Al-Mutanabbi street is a winding street filled with bookstores and outdoor book stalls located in the historic centre of Baghdad and is named after the famed tenth-century classical Arab Poet Al-Mutanabbi. For hundreds of years the street has been the heart and soul of Baghdad’s literary and intellectual community.

Poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil brought together a coalition of poets and artists, writers and printers, booksellers and readers, to publish an anthology of 135 pieces of poetry and prose celebrating the values of Al-Mutanabbi Street and help others understand what it means to the Iraqi cultural community. This session is Dubai’s contribution to a global series of readings from the anthology, with readings by Sadjedah Al Mousawi, Ibrahim Bin Hatem, Zeina Hashem Beck, Joan Scott-Minter, Ammar Bin Hatim and Shahad Al Rawi, and will be hosted by M Lynx Qualey, aka @arablit.

The street has reopened, books are once again being displayed and sold, and the gutted Shabander Café has been made new.

Wherever someone sits down and begins to write towards the truth, or someone picks up a book that will change the way they see the world, it is there that Al-Mutanabbi Street starts.

Language: Arabic, English

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Reading & Remembering

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Desert Stanzas 2017

Event 80 Thursday 9 March, 7pm-10pm Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Imagine an evening under the stars in a traditional desert camp, with an Arabian feast and a flickering campfire. Add this to a series of performances from some of the best poets in the world and you have the recipe for Desert Stanzas.

Our poets Adnan Alaoda, Zainab AlBlooshi, Zeina Hashem Beck, Michael Cooperson and Kei Miller will be performing in the equally poetic landscape of the Al Maha resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. So sit back, relax on a Bedouin style cushion, and experience a journey through words from the Emirates to Syria, Lebanon, Jamaica, the USA and beyond.

Adnan Alaoda is a Syrian poet and screenwriter who adapted the poetry of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He is the author of poetry collection Sakran Al Majanine.

Zainab AlBlooshi is a young Emirati poet who writes about social issues. She was a finalist in the 2016 Millions Poet competition.

Michael Cooperson is Professor of Arabic at UCLA. He has translated numerous works of Arabic literature and is currently writing a book on the cultural history of the early Abbasid period and translating the Maqāmāt of al-Ḥarīrī for the Library of Arabic Literature. In 2016 his translation of the Virtues of the Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal by Ibn al-Jawzī won Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose first collection, To Live in Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her second collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and will be published in April 2017. Her chapbook There Was and How Much There Was, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a 2016 smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice.

Kei Miller is an award-winning Jamaican poet and novelist who won the 2014 Forward Prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion; the same year he was named one of 20 Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society.

Dress code: casual (warm)/national dress.

Language: Arabic, English

Event Running Order:

17:45 – 19:00 – transfer to the camp

19:00 – 20:00 – dinner

20:00 – 22:00 – Desert Stanzas event

22:00 – return to Dubai

This year, Desert Stanzas takes place at the Al Maha resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, approximately 60 minutes’ drive from Dubai Festival City.

Coaches are available for customers who would prefer not to drive. The pick-up points for the coaches are InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (Event Centre entrance) and JESS Jumeirah. The last coach from both pick-up points departs at 17:45. Shortly after purchasing your ticket you will be sent an email to book your preferred transport.

If you are driving, please allow enough time plus an additional 10 minutes for transfer from the car park to the desert camp.

Desert Stanzas 2017

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Poeticians with a PUNCH: Round 2

Event 204 Friday 3 March, 8pm-9.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Poeticians and PUNCH Poetry team up once again for a night of powerful poetry. Following the success of their 2016 joint event, poets from the two cutting edge collectives will will perform together once more.

Lineup so far:
Afra Atiq, Anne Brechin, Farah Chamma, Dana Dajani, Frank Dullaghan, Marie Dullaghan, Mark Fiddes, Danabelle Gutierrez, Zeina Hashem Beck, Hind Shoufani, Ali Khan.

Language: English

Poeticians with a PUNCH: Round 2

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Qasidah Par Coeur 2017 - English

Event 61 Wednesday 8 March, 2.30pm-3.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Qasidah Par Coeur Competition is our annual poetry performance competition, in which talented youngsters take to the stage to bring two of their favourite poems to life. Judges have already identified the brightest stars from competing schools; now the finalists compete once more to determine just who deserves first place, in front of a panel that includes poets Zeina Hashem Beck and Amanda Calderon.

Prizes for the English-language winners will be presented at the end of the session by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center.

Language: English

Qasidah Par Coeur 2017 - English

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