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THE EMIRATES AIRLINE Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and nurture a love of reading and writing.

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Published: Wed 20 Jun 2012, 7:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:33 PM

This week, the festival has launched the first activities of the 2013 event with a call to all school children and undergraduates to enter three literary competitions. The competitions comprise the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition, The Taaleem Poetry Award and the Readers’ Cup.

“During the summer months, we encourage students to continue reading and writing and this is a great opportunity also to get a head start on developing their stories, poems and reading entries,” said Isobel Abulhoul, Festival Director. “The ever increasing popularity of the competitions and the wealth of talent we have in our schools and universities is going to make for exciting and inspirational work.

“Of course, 2013 is the Festival’s fifth anniversary and we are delighted to be kicking off with something for young people. It is also pleasing to welcome back our sponsors Oxford University Press and Taaleem who share our vision and values.”

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will take place on March 5 to 9, 2013 in Dubai. The competitions culminate with Award Ceremonies held during the Festival where students are honoured by leading poets and authors.

Each year the festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for all sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.

All information about the competitions, including themes, prizes, rules, age categories, deadlines and submission forms is available on line at www.emirateslitfest.com

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