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Abdullah bin Zayed honours winners of Emirates Novel Award

posted on 30/04/2016: 1481 views

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has honoured the winners of the third cycle of the Emirates Novel Award at a grand ceremony held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

The Emirates Novel Award was launched in 2014 and powered by twofour54 to acknowledge and support Emirati talents in literature, highlight the literary culture of the Emirati society and educate the community on the importance of reading and writing.

Maryam Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of twofour54, and Jamal Al Shehhi, Secretary General of the Award, attended the award-presentation ceremony.

In the "Best Novel" category, "Guard of the Sun" by Eman Yousef, and "Cities and Women" by Saeed Al Badi shared the first-place, while "Days of the Memory of Sinmar" by Mansour Al Alawy received the second place in the same category and "What if" by Sara Al Abbadi received a Commendation award. Ayesha Al Alili received the first-place award in the "Best Short Novel" category for her novel, "Iron Swing", and "Naked Roots" by Hasna Al Salmi was named the winner of the category's second-place. "Citizen Sayfoul" by Salem Al Aghbari was awarded a Commendation award as part of the winners in the "Best Short Novel" category.

Al Mheiri expressed profound thanks and gratitude to HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed for his kind patronage of the Award, saying that his constant support provided a morale boost to Emirate novelists.

'twofour54 is proud to have instituted this coveted national award for encouraging the talented Emiratis as part of its core objectives for creating genuine media content and an incubator environment for innovation,' she said, noting that the award is the best way to develop content that 'promotes our culture and embodies our values and traditions.

'Over the three cycles of the award, we are proud that we presented 65 novels authored by Emirati writers,' she added.

She stated that twofour54 hosted workshops of the Novelists' Programme to teach aspiring Emirati novelists professional writing techniques. Seventeen of the 45 authors trained by this programme have penned novels and some of them had won the Award.

On his part, Al Shehhi said winners were selected from a pool of 25 submissions by members of a special jury.

He noted that competition among novelists sent a positive signal that promising creative novelists were emerging.

Novelists, he added, had demonstrated an incredibly sense of creativity.

The Emirates Novel Award aims to promote literature and novels among Emiratis looking to explore different avenues to document their stories and present them to the public. The award plays a significant role in recognising local talent and celebrating the winners. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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