Young poets honoured in Taaleem Poetry Award
The country’s best young poets were honoured at a grand prize-giving ceremony for the Taaleem Poetry Award, now in its third year. The competition is held as part of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and sponsored by leading education group Taaleem.
The theme for 2014’s competition was ‘Metamorphosis’ and the submissions in Arabic and English showcased how the students had embraced and transformed the theme. Winners were presented with certificates, signed books and tickets to creative writing workshops at the Festival. The winning entries were published in a dual-language book that was also presented to winners, the artwork for which was adapted by local artist Mohammed Al Quasab.
Judges Frank Dullaghan and Joan Scott-Minter commented on the high quality of the winning entries with Dullaghan adding, “There is no limit to the imagination of children and this is never clearer than when they write poetry. I have judged poetry competitions for a few years now and have always been amazed at the beauty of the language children use to express themselves and the ideas they convey in their poems. There is so much talent in the UAE and I am certain that the young winners today will soon be making waves in poetry.”
The award was presented to the winning students by UK poet Lemn Sissay, who was the first poet commissioned for the 2012 London Olympics, Rosamund Marshall, CEO, Taaleem and Isobel Abulhoul, Festival Director, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Rosamund Marshall said of the competition: “There is undoubtedly a huge wealth of poetic talent in the UAE and Taaleem is delighted to play a part in discovering that talent. We have had such encouraging results with the Taaleem Poetry Award and it has become clear that poetry is far from a dying art – it is flourishing amongst students in the Emirates. We are very excited to see what is in store next year!”
The winners – English language:
|11 & UnderVenika VachaniÓrla-Méabh YouellFerre Van Roy||12 to 14 Age GroupAhlam Irshad ShaikhArchie WalkerMuntaha Sabri|
|15 to 17 Jumana Al-BasuniShaday Chantall CollieKarishma P. GandhiSruthi Veeraraghavan||18+ Age GroupShravan ChopraTom TaylorMadhuri KumarRishav Dash|
The winners – Arabic language:
|11 & UnderHaya Sami Fahad Al HammadiFahad Sami Fahad Al Hammadi||12 to 14 Age GroupFatma Sami Fahad Al HammadiMohamad Saed AlfalasiJasim Akran|
|15 to 17 Eman Jehad AbuzaidSara TamimiMariam Mohammed Al Zaini||18+ Age GroupSalma Elgaili Abdelkarim AhmedMohammed Kazem Aboudan|
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About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
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. Writing competitions and an inter-school quiz are amongst the educational highlights, and children also have the chance to hear and meet some of their favourite writers.
The 2014 Festival will be held between 4-8 March, 2014 in Dubai
The LitFest also hosts a regular series of literary events during the Winter months (October-April) at its home – Dar Al Adaab (House of Literature) in the Al Fahidi Historic Area under the banner The Dar Al Adaab Open Door Series.
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Taaleem, which means education in Arabic, has been establishing, operating and managing early childhood, primary and secondary schools in the UAE since its inception in 2004. Taaleem seeks to raise the regional educational standards through the committed development of individual student’s talents and passions, which is in turn facilitated and supported by the recruitment of top international educators and the implementation of international education policies, operations and global best practice.
With quality at the forefront of Taaleem’s offering, each project is tailored to answer the specific educational requirements of a wide range of families by offering top international curricula including British, American, the International Baccalaureate and their proprietary custom early childhood programme.
Taaleem is wholeheartedly committed to creating and implementing benchmark educational initiatives, nurturing educational excellence through the attraction, retention and development of the best educators. The continuous evaluation and improvement of standards across all schools has ensured that the Taaleem schools have been established as valued cornerstones of their communities.
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