SHARJAH FOCUS: Public events

Celebrate Arabic Literature at these public events in London

As The London Book Fair has been cancelled, the British Council Market Focus Cultural Programme events next week will not go ahead. We continue to monitor the situation and work with our partners regarding any additional Market Focus activity. The health of our visitors, students, customers and colleagues is our priority throughout this rapidly evolving situation.

1001 Stories: UAE Writers on Arabic Literature Today


Tuesday 10 March 2020 | 19.15-20.30
Knowledge Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

An evening with three writers from the United Arab Emirates, Dr Abdulaziz AlMusallam, Eman Al Yousuf and Salha Obaid, to chime with this year's Sharjah Market Focus at The London Book Fair. Hear how Emirati writers are addressing the challenging issues of today as these authors read from their work, discuss the richness of contemporary Arabic literature, and talk about the stories that need to be told. They will be joined in conversation by British-Palestinian novelist, Selma Dabbagh.

£5.50-£11 | Book online 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Omar Ghobash and Khulood Al Mu'alla are not able to attend this event.

Emirati Poets in London


Thursday 12 March 2020 | 20.00-21.00
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Join us for an evening in celebration of Emirati poetry as we present some of the most celebrated poets from the United Arab Emirates, Afra Atiq and Khalid Albudoor

Find out more about Nabati, a 'people's poetry' that has recently become a UAE television phenomenon with Million's Poet, the country's equivalent to X Factor as well as the contemporary poetry being written in the UAE today. The event will include readings by the poets, with a discussion of their work and a Q&A session which will be led by award-winning poet and linguist, Adham Smart

£5 | Book online






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