Activities of a symposium on "Novels by Young Authors in the UAE" have kicked off on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. the event, which is hosted by the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, sees the participation of 20 novelists, writers and researchers and runs from September 26-28 at the premises of Al Owais Cultural Foundation in Dubai.
The first day of the symposium attracted a wide audience of culture and literature enthusiasts, lead by Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Secretary General of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, who stressed that such activities reinforce the value of local culture and talents and shed light on literature by young authors.
It is worth mentioning that this is the second time that Al Owais Cultural Foundation hosts this symposium, which reflects its keenness on highlighting the great role played by the youth in enriching the local cultural scene with their writings and opinions.
Moreover, the first day of the symposium also witnessed lively discussions between the different participants and members of the audience. Some of the controversial opinions set forth were met with a wave of questions , hence enriching the sessions and adding a positive momentum to the event.
The first session featured a research paper titled, " The Emirati Novel from Narrating The Water and the Desert to Narrating the Self" by critic Abdul Fattah Sabry , who discussed the emergence and development of the Emirati novel from "Shahenda" and up till today. In addition, the session also featured a paper titled, "The Emirati Novel between Quantity and Quality", which highlighted some of the challenges facing publishing, narrative art and promoting fiction particularly in the case of the rich Emirati novel. The session was moderated by Dr. Habib Ghloom.
Meanwhile, in the second session Dr. Saleh Huweidi presented a paper titled, " The Dominant Presence of Women in Emirati Narrative Discourse: The Writings of Fathiya Al Nimr as an Example". In addition, Dr. Ezzat Omar presented a paper titled, " The Impact of Modernism and Post-Modernism on Novels by Young Emirati Authors", in which he sheds light on novels set in Dubai.
The first day of the symposium concluded with a discussion of terms such as “feminist literature “ , “ease of publishing “ and the approach of young authors to novel-writing.