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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 - Arabic

Event 60 Wednesday 8 March, 2pm-3pm Al Ras 3, 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.

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

Language: Arabic

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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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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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Poetry Mix: Journeys

Event 101 Friday 10 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“Guess me whose map will tell the larger truth?” – Kei Miller, ‘The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion’

Take a poetic journey with four very different poets whose writing maps the world of ideas. Expect to be surprised and moved in this brief introduction to some major talents.

Amanda Calderon is a 2014 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. She is currently working on her first manuscript.

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

Michael Cooperson is Professor of Arabic at UCLA. 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.

Kei Miller 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.

Language: English, Arabic 

Poetry Mix: Journeys

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Poetry, People and Power: a Testimony by Mourid Barghouti and Tamim Barghouti

Event 66 Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

From the Six Day War to the 2011 Uprisings, from yearning for home in Exile, to alienation upon return and from the silent solitude of writing a poem, to the thunderous applause of reading it on stage in packed amphitheatres and stadiums; Mourid Barghouti and Tamim Barghouti talk about their personal experiences with Poetry, People and Power  Palestine, Egypt and the entire Arab World.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Poetry, People and Power: a Testimony by Mourid Barghouti and Tamim Barghouti

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Kei Miller at the Sir Maurice Flanagan Poetry Diwan

Event 124 Saturday 11 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Kei Miller
“A poem that doesn't rise off the page… is in fact a dead poem.” – Kei Miller

Jamaican poet Kei Miller is one of poetry’s rising stars – winner of the Forward Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the Musgrave Medal and named as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets, he is a thought-provoking writer and performer in equal measure. His poems cut straight to the heart of tricky themes such as the politics of language, as depicted in the poem ‘Speaking in Tongues’.

His poetry collections, including The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, and his novels, most recently Augustown, are essential reading, and this session is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see him perform and hear him talk about his work.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Kei Miller at the Sir Maurice Flanagan Poetry Diwan

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Well Versed: How to Write Poetry that’s On Point

Event 851 Saturday 11 March, 3.30pm-5.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Whether you’re a beginner or a practiced poet, this hands-on, collaborative workshop with Amanda Calderon will get you thinking and writing outside the box. Participants will experiment with a variety of exercises and prompts, and you will leave the workshop with beautiful and surprising poems and beginnings of poems. Sharing of work will be encouraged. 

The tutor: Amanda Calderon is the recipient of fellowships from U.S. Poets in Mexico, Poets House, and the Norman Mailer Center. Her work can be found in Poetry (US), Kenyon Review, Sangam House (India), Poets & Writers, and Words Without Borders. She lives in New York City.

Language: English

Age Group: 14-18

Well Versed: How to Write Poetry that’s On Point

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