Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 October 2019

Qasr Al Watan Library announces its activities for month of July

The programme includes workshops for up-and-coming writers

Qasr Al Watan Library is home to a collection of 50,000 books. Khushnum Bhandari for The National
Qasr Al Watan Library is home to a collection of 50,000 books. Khushnum Bhandari for The National

A number of events will kick off from Sunday at Qasr Al Watan Library in Abu Dhabi, including panel discussions and workshops. The library features a collection of 50,000 books collected over 35 years. These publications cover subjects such as history, geography and the social, economic and political development of the UAE. Official and historical documents from local and international sources are accessible alongside the Constitution and laws of the UAE. Here's what to look forward to this July:

Panel discussion with award-winning author

A panel discussion with author Fatima Al Mazrouei, Head of Historical Archives at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs’ National Archives, will be held on July 7. Al Mazrouei, who is a fiction and children’s book author, will discuss her experiences writing award-winning books. She has won 19 awards, including the Al Owais Award’s ‘Most Innovative Novel/Short Story Collection’ category for her book The Traps of Darkness, the Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Award for Creative Women in 2013 and the Emirates Novel Award in 2017 for her novel My Other Story.

A writer's session

Jordanian author Matar Mahmood Matar Tawalbeh will lead a session entitled Cross-border Cultures on July 14. Tawalbeh is also the Director of the Cordoba International Academy for Training and curator of a cultural creativity programme for talented emerging Jordanian writers.

Three-day workshop

Syrian poet and author Jameel Dari will give a three-day workshop titled Talented Pens. Taking place from July 21 to 23, the intense workshop sessions will be dedicated to developing the skills of up-and-coming writers.

Updated: July 6, 2019 02:37 PM