x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Al Ain Reads: this year it also listens

The Al Ain Reads book show will start next week.

Poets and storytellers will have the chance to show their talent in a whole new way at this year's Al Ain Reads book show, which starts next week.

The third annual event, a platform for visitors of all ages to learn more about Emirati culture and heritage, will offer two new features this year: poetry readings from local writers and an open microphone programme.

Local authors, poets and artists will be on hand at Al Ain Reads (AAR) as part of the activities between October 2 and 8 at Al Ain Mall.

More than 30 local publishers and distributors are expected to attend.

"AAR is a unique local event and we have been overwhelmed by the positive responses from both the industry and the community of Al Ain, which is a tribute to the passion for books," said Juma Al Qubaisi, the deputy director general for the National Library at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, which organises the event.

"With the addition of new sessions, talks and guests the event will offer people right across the emirate of Abu Dhabi … the opportunity to access books and reading, and become familiar with the rich Emirati culture."

Interactive discussion panels, talks and book signings are scheduled for AAR, and a children's creativity corner is aimed at inspiring and promoting readership through children's activities.

BookExchange, a popular book swap, will also return this year.

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