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Oxford University Press Prize Giving

Event 201 Saturday 4 March, 10am-10.30am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to announce the winners of the 2017 Oxford University Press Short Story Competition, and who better to present the award to the UAE’s newest literary icons than the author of the Unicorn in New York series, Rachel Hamilton.

Following the prize giving, Festival favourite Rachel will take us on a side-splitting storytelling adventure with her third tale about Louie, the showstopping unicorn who leaves his idyllic life in Story Land for the somewhat grimier charms of New York, where he enrols at the School of Performing Arts and begins his journey to become a legend of the stage! What misadventures are in store next for the eternally optimistic Louie? This is the place to find out!

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the following session, ‘Unicorn in New York’ for free.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Age Group: 7-Adult

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The Taaleem Award Prize Giving

Event 202 Saturday 4 March, 1pm-1.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

The Taaleem Poetry Award celebrates young poets. This year’s prize will be presented by Carnegie Award-winning children’s author and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland and Emirati children's author and journalist Shaima Al Marzooqi.

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the following session, ‘Vikings and Arthurian Knights’ for free.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Age Group: 9-Adult

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The 2017 Montegrappa Writing Prize

Event 5 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to award the eagerly anticipated 2017 Montegrappa Prize. This prestigious writing competition open to UAE-based writers has an exceptional record, with five publishing deals in four years.

The competition’s judge, literary agent Luigi Bonomi, is joined this year by two winners who have recently had their first novel published: Lucy Strange, whose children’s novel The Secret of Nightingale Wood came out in 2016 to immediate critical acclaim, and Charlotte Butterfield, whose Me, You and Tiramisu will be launched at this Festival.

This year we also have a very special guest – John Hemingway, author of Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir and grandson of Ernest Hemingway, will present the first-place winner with a limited edition Montegrappa ‘Hemingway: The Writer’ pen – one of only 100 to be created.

Please note that anyone who entered the competition can attend this session free of charge.

Language: English

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The 2017 Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award

Event 102 Saturday 4 March, 5pm-6pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Join us once again for the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Lifetime Achievement Award, which each year recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural and literary life of the community.

After the presentation of the award, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor will introduce his new book, Is Anybody Listening?, in conversation with Sami Reyami, Editor in Chief of Emarat Al Youm. Is Anybody Listening? is a powerful and authoritative call to action for peace and stability in the region, outlining the past failures of Western policy makers and the risks that the Middle East faces today, along with Al Habtoor’s informed opinions on what can be done.

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School Librarian of the Year Award

Event 53 Monday 6 March, 4pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

It’s time for the Emirates Literature Foundation, in partnership with The Executive Council of Dubai, to announce the winners of the School Librarian of the Year Award 2017. The award will be presented to the winning librarians by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

All our wonderful nominated librarians are invited to the prize-giving, which features afternoon tea and a fascinating panel on the importance of school librarians:

Kevin Crossley-Holland, President of the School Library Association, UK (Chair)

Fahad al Mamari, Director of Public Libraries Department, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Shaikha Al Mehairi, Cultural Research Centre Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture 

Please note that this session is by invitation only: librarians who were nominated for the School Librarian of the Year Award will be invited to attend this session free of charge.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

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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

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Chevron Readers' Cup 2017 - Prize Giving

Event 72 Thursday 9 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

More than 200 teams from the Gulf region joined in this year’s Chevron Readers’ Cup. The nail-biting finals, which will have you on the edge of your seats, will be followed by the presentation of the awards to the well-read winners by Festival authors Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi and Piers Torday.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Costa Debate Prize Giving

Event 200 Saturday 11 March, 4pm-4.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

'Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.' – Patrick Ness

Frances Hardinge is making waves in the world of Young Adult fantasy fiction. From the dark and distrustful world of the Facesmiths in A Face Like Glass to the enchanted dolls of Cuckoo Song she is reinventing the genre and opening up extraordinary new worlds.

When her new novel The Lie Tree won not just the Costa Children’s Prize, but also the overall Costa Book of the Year Award, the judges hailed it as gripping and beautifully written, and also an important book with a powerful message. The story follows Faith, a girl investigating the mysterious circumstances of her father’s death. In his journals, Faith discovers notes about a tree that, when told a lie, will reveal a truth. She embarks on a dangerous search that will change her life and the world around her.

Frances Hardinge will also present the winners of the 2017 Costa Debate with their prizes.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Age Group: 12+

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