UAE lawyer discusses his polygamous relationship in book ‘Between Two Wives’

Thursday, 8 March 2018

“My possessions were dispersed, my senses and feelings scattered. That day, I split myself in two before life did.” This is a snippet of Emirati poet, writer and lawyer Hussain Lootah’s book, Between Two Wives, which is based on his own polygamous relationship.Lootah discussed his book at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The book was published in 2016, but he told the Khaleej Times that it took him four years to put pen to paper.“I never regret anything; I ...

VIDEO: Isobel Abulhoul on books, technology, Arab authors & literature festival

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

“What has been so incredible for me is how many world class speakers are also writers and these are the movers and shakers of government policy, of trips to Mars, you name it, they are here”. This is how Isobel Abulhoul, the CEO and Trustee of Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director, described the World Government Summit in Dubai last week, speaking exclusively to Al Arabiya English. As the Emirates Festival of Literature is just round the corner, she understandably got ...

Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

Saturday, 13 January 2018

There’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner - it’s Stephen King. The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident’s new novel, “The Outsider,” is being published on that date. The award is handed out every year to a critically acclaimed writer “whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human ...

Tunisia to showcase first erotic exhibition in Arab world

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The first show of Literature and Erotic Arts organized by the Medina Book Club in Tunisia, titled “Artgasme” will take place on December 23rd at el-Hamra Theater. Mixing visuals, dance, music, singing, painting and theatrical readings of erotic texts, the show promises to offer the viewer “a subtle and enjoyable moment”. Photographers as well as the painters will be present at the open gallery. The show will be followed by a debate moderated by the young writer and ...

US author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

US author George Saunders became on Tuesday only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.Judges for the prestigious English-language literary award praised as “utterly original” the book that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.“The form and style of this utterly original novel ...

From English to Urdu, silence of letters speak louder than words

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

I have surprised myself twice within six months.After working as an English language editor and writer for over two decades, I suddenly discovered the joy of writing in my mother tongue, Urdu.Then, egged-on by family, friends, well-wishers, and theater veterans, it was time last weekend to take to stage and perform for a discerning audience.The outcome was a labor of love called Mian Biwi aur Wagah – Husband, Wife and the Wagah border (that divides India and Pakistan), a 2-hour-long Urdu ...

The Cambridge-born ‘literapreneur’ who made Dubai home

Friday, 10 February 2017

Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO and Trustee Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director, has worked relentlessly to keep the benefit of reading alive

Gratified absurdity and secrets of mysterious overestimation

Friday, 10 February 2017

There was a time when absurdity was a failure in interpreting what is said

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