Plan to Win a Literary Prize: Maria Dadouch, Mohsine Loukili & Najwa Bin Shatwan
Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 18:30-19:30
Venue: Al Amwaj I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
Session No: 261
How many novels have you read only after the author won an award? Does success in a literary prize change our view of a book? While the consequences of winning awards is a fascinating topic, equally intriguing is this discussion: on how you can to plan to win.
In this session, prize-winning writers Mohsine Loukili and Maria Dadouch will reveal the secrets of successfully targeting literary awards. Loukili’s novel The Prisoner of the Portuguese was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022 and he has also won the Ghassan Kanafani Narrative Prize, the Sharjah Creativity Prize and others. Dadouch’s work has won several awards, including the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the Katara Award, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award, and many others.
Maria Dadouch is a Syrian writer and novelist, born in Damascus. Dadouch had a major role in establishing the Fulla magazine for girls. She wrote the animated story Mawiyah al-Qurtubi for children’s channel Spacetoon and also wrote for the comedy series Mirrors. Her novel The Mystery of the Glass Ball was a finalist for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the category of Children's and Young Adult Literature.
Mohsine Loukili is a Moroccan novelist and short story writer. He received several awards, including: the final list of the Sheikh Zayed Prize, Young Writer, 2018 for the novel The Wind of the Shirk, and he was nominated for the final list of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2022, for the novel Prisoner of the Portuguese.
This session is moderated by Shaikha Almeteiri
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.