OpEd: Words without borders

It’s World Poetry Day today (21 March). The French-American poet, playwright, translator, and editor Nathalie Handal, Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in Literature and Creative Writing at NYU Abu Dhabi, offers a personal perspective on value of words – especially [ … ]


LitFest promises more

The 16th edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – which is now billing itself “the region’s largest celebration of stories and ideas”, presumably in a bid to escape the confines of the printed page – will be returning [ … ]


Thrilling tales

Life for Hobbes was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. We can identify with some or all of those some or all of the time. At the very least life can be regimented, grey and boring. That’s why the literary [ … ]


Why poetry matters

What would be your reaction if a friend invited you to attend a poetry show for the first time? My first poetry open mic experience came as a second-year university student, an extremely impressionable period in my life. I was [ … ]


Six for IPAF shortlist

A shortlist of six novels has been named for the 16th International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Each of the authors gets $10,000, with the winner – to be announced in Abu Dhabi on 21 May – receiving an additional $50,000. There [ … ]