Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 18 September 2019

Qasr Al Watan Library launches year-long cultural programme

The programme will feature unique cultural activities and special events, including literary discussions and educational workshops

A panel session with award-winning novelist Rim Al-Kamal, part of the cultural programme at Qasr Al Watan Library
A panel session with award-winning novelist Rim Al-Kamal, part of the cultural programme at Qasr Al Watan Library

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has launched a year-long cultural programme at the recently opened Qasr Al Watan Library. The programme, which will run until June 2020, will feature unique cultural activities and special events, including literary discussions and educational workshops.

The programme includes "Cross-border Literature", which hosts a renowned author for one day a month; "Award-Winning Author", where celebrated authors speak about their experiences in the literary and publishing worlds; and "Creative Pens", which invites budding writers to hone their skills and develop their talent under the supervision of creative writing experts.

"The cultural programme at Qasr Al Watan Library will provide a platform for anyone with an interest in writing and literature who wants to learn, share and create," said Abdulla Majed Al-Ali, Acting Executive Director of Dar Al Kutub Sector at DCT – Abu Dhabi. "The various sessions will be fascinating ways to improve your knowledge and skills, allowing participants to foster their talent and hone their craft. In addition, they will provide the opportunity to meet and interact with distinguished names from the literary world."

The programme began with a panel session with the award-winning novelist Rim Al-Kamali, whose works include The Kingdom of Hormuz and Dalma Statue. She discussed her early attempts at creative writing and her love for reading, her influence on the surrounding environment and its implications for her literary works.

Qasr Al Watan Library also hosted Kuwaiti writer Talib Rifai, who gave a lecture titled "Creative Writing: Living with the Present Moment". Rifai is considered one of the pioneers of literature in the Arabian Gulf region, and has won several awards in the literary and cultural fields.

Kuwaiti author Talib Rifai gives a creative writing lecture, as part of the cultural programme at Qasr Al Watan Library
Kuwaiti author Talib Rifai gives a creative writing lecture, as part of the cultural programme at Qasr Al Watan Library. Photo: DCT – Abu Dhabi

Next Sunday, Qasr Al Watan Library will host Dr. Abdullah Adel Al-Shuwaikh for a three-day workshop about the principles of writing.

Updated: June 21, 2019 12:50 PM

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