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Event 134 Beyond The Culture Trap: Shahd Al Shammari, Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi & Zeina Hashem Beck

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How can women lead social progress, preserving the best in a culture while changing the worst?

Exploring the ways in which tradition can preserve damaging ideas – about gender, disability, and more – the panel looks at the role literature can play in improving lives and opening up important discussions.

Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi is the author of The Black Book of Arabia, a collection of stories that offer a surprising look into the personal lives of women of the Arabian Gulf.


Dr Shahd Al Shammari teaches literature at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait and is the author of Notes on the Flesh, a biomythography that deals with gender, race, and disability in Kuwait.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet and the author of the new collection Louder Than Hearts, which won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.

This panel is moderated by Lana Shamma.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Beyond The Culture Trap: Shahd Al Shammari, Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi & Zeina Hashem Beck

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Event 26 Poeticians with a PUNCH 3

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm   Zaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel

A Festival favourite returns as the UAE-based poetry groups Poeticians and PUNCH Poetry reunite for an evening of readings from some of Dubai’s finest local talent.

Curated by Zeina Hashem Beck and Hind Shoufani, the lineup of cutting edge poets will perform against the backdrop of Dubai Creek on the terrace at Zaytoun Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

The lineup:

Mark Fiddes is author of 'The Rainbow Factory' and 'The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre', Mark was last year awarded the Ruskin Poetry Prize - his poems have appeared recently in The Irish Times, London Magazine and Magma.

Marie Dullaghan is an Irish poet living in Dubai. Her poems have appeared in The Shop and The High Window. She has written and produced a prize-winning short play.

Annie Brechin has been published in numerous magazine including The Wolf, Magma, Stand, B O D Y and Rising. After stints in Prague and Paris, she now lives in Dubai.

Farah Chamma is a Dubai-born Palestinian poet. She mainly performs in Arabic, English, and French.

Omar Khalifa is a writer and amateur polemicist with interests in poetry, history, and sociology. He writes prose inspired by current events, lyrical ramblings of the brain going about its life, and commentary on regional affairs.

Nadeen Al Alami is a Palestinian-Jordanian writer residing in Dubai. Her work explores themes of memory, migration, and inter-generational storytelling. She describes writing as her strength, healing, and resistance.

Marziah Rashid is a writer and copy editor at Brownbook Magazine, as well as an occasional poet and a cross-stitcher. She lives in Dubai with her family and cat.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Zeina Hashem Beck is the founder of PUNCH Poetry. Her most recent collection, Louder Than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize; her previous work has also won the Backwaters Prize, the Rattle Chapbook Prize and the smith|doorstop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy.

Hind Shoufani is the founder of the Poeticians. She has edited two anthologies – Nowhere Near a Damn Rainbow, a collection of works by the Poeticians, and Uncommon Dubai, a literary and artistic guide to the city – and written two poetry books, Inkstains on the Edge of Light and More Life Than Death Could Bear.

For the past seven years, Fiona Paterson has been an active participant in the Dubai cultural scene. She’s involved in theater, comedy, dance and writing groups.

Language: English

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