In a world obsessed with technological advancement, it’s worth making some time to simply appreciate the ancient art of literature. Though we are still months away from the next edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Festival of Literature, the local literary scene continues to grow apace. And Nadi Al Quoz is doing its best to promote regional and international talent with its three-month programme, Literaturhaus at Nadi, which runs until September 30.
The series sees masters of the craft put on talks and workshops for the public to see and take part in. Literaturhaus is gathering regional and international artists from across the globe to inspire residents of Dubai to engage with literature. Whatever your interests, you’re bound to find something that piques them.
For instance, on September 9, Mai Khaled will be reading from her novel The Magic of Turquoise and giving a talk that will discss the anxieties, uncertainties and paradoxes of modern-day family life in Egypt. Meanwhile on September 13, award-winning Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck will be reading from her latest collection, Louder Than Hearts, with a Q&A session and book signing.
Along with such highlights there will be spoken word performances from Dubai Poetics, and talks from publishing industry heavyweights, as well as talks that explore the history and culture of the UAE.
If you’re more into history than writing, Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard, two of the finest historians in the region, are running an event. The pair have lived here since before the UAE was created back in 1971. Both have a huge amount of historical knowledge that they have gathered over the last four decades; Heard-Bey from researching and writing his own history books after retiring from the oil industry, and Frauke from his years spent working in Abu Dhabi as a social historian. Between them, they offer fascinating insights and anecdotes about the history of the country.
All events are free, though spaces are limited and you must RSVP via e-mail. So order a coffee and pull up a beanbag (or grab one of the cosy swing seats) before settling in to one of the talks. Perfect.
Free. Until September 30. Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alserkalavenue.ae.
Four more ways to enjoy literature in the city
Browse, read and buy books while tucking into a delicious breakfast or lunch at this cosy little literary café.
Two locations: Al Wasl Square (04 388 4006); Bay Square Building 4 (04 514 9459).
This friendly book club, with a focus on modern fiction, meets every third Saturday to discuss the month’s read. Saturday August 12 is Purple Hibiscus.
Dhs30 annual fee. www.meetup.com/Bibliophiles-Dubai-Book-Club.
Anyone can submit to this online journal of poetry, published on Facebook. The group also organises events such as the spoken word workshop at Nadi Al Quoz on Saturday August 12.
This poetry group organises open-mic nights and workshops around the city. Join the Facebook group for updates.
Search Facebook for: PUNCH: Dubai-Based Poetry and Open Mic Collective.