Book or ebook? Costa’s LitFest competition

For the third year running Costa Coffee will be encouraging people of all ages to show some literary love ahead of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and try for a decent prize by debating […]


Stage Write returns!

Stage Write, the 24-hour playwriting competition for 10-minute scripts, is back for its fifth year. Register for the competition – as an individual or a two-person team – by sending an email to before […]


UNESCO names Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019

Sharjah has been named World Book Capital for 2019 by UNESCO. Sharjah is the 19th city to become World Book Capital, the first in the GCC and third in the MENA region. The selection committee […]


Alserkal’s summer celebration of words

Alserkal Avenue is looking to channel the 19th century literary salon with its Literaturhaus at Nadi programme this summer. The salon idea is defined as an environment “where contemporary questions were debated alongside an array […]


LitFest student competitions now open

The annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature student writing competitions for poetry and prose have opened. today. The Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and the Taaleem Award for poetry have become important additions to the […]


Abu Dhabi Book Fair hits 27

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) at the end of the month is – amazingly – the 27th such event. Unlike Dubai’s Emirates Festival of Literature , which is very much designed to put […]