Literaturhaus at Nadi

A celebration of literature will take place inside Nadi Al Quoz.

Literaturhaus at Nadi
sets out to reinvent and revive the 19th-century salon, where contemporary questions were debated alongside an array of literary, artistic and cultural initiatives, inspiring audiences with new perspectives. At Literaturhaus at Nadi, international and regional authors, poets, critics, curators, publishers, translators, and musicians will gather to share their ideas through readings, discussions and performances. The programme will cover all aspects of contemporary culture and become a forum to spark thoughtful exchange.

Events are held at 4pm every Saturday. The events are free of charge and open to the public however spaces are limited so booking at is recommended.

Schedule for October 2017:

Saturday 7 October 2017 | 4PM

Talk and reading: Mai Khaled | The Magic of Turquoise

Mai Khaled will introduce a literary piece, Story Telling is my Fate since I Became the Puppet of My Own Self!, followed by a reading from her novel, The Magic of Turquoise. In her book, Khaled gives a fresh perspective on an ordinary modern-day Egyptian family’s life, rejecting currently fashionable precepts, and focusing on daily anxieties, uncertainties and paradoxes. The talk will be moderated by Charlotte Chedeville.


Saturday 14 October 2017 | 4PM

Poetry & writing workshop: Dubai Poetics with Farah Chamma

This poetry and writing workshop will be led by poet Farah Chamma. It aims to give budding poets and authors the opportunity to share their work with their peers. To take part in the workshop, participants must bring their own personal texts in any form, e.g. poetry, novel extracts or thoughts. Participants will then receive feedback from peers who come from different schools of thought. The workshop limited to 12 participants, so please book a spot by emailing


Saturday 21 October 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Karen Henson Jones | Heart of Miracles

Heart of Miracles is an inspiring testimony of discovering faith through adversity. Through her good-humoured and gracious style, Jones makes the experiences of multiple heart surgeries accessible and her post-recovery journey is a gathering of souls around life discovery. Her writing style makes holistic health modality understandable to a neophyte, and will provide comfort and comradery to those who may need to travel outside the social norms to find their purpose in life. This talk will be moderated by Charlotte Chedeville, and will be followed by a book signing.


Saturday 28 October 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Isobel Abulhoul | My Life in Words

Isobel Abulhoul has devoted her life to the love of words. From a childhood spent discovering the joy of books, she brought her passion for literature to Dubai in 1968, and the impact of her work can be seen all around us today. Isobel is the co-founder of Al Ittihad School and Magrudy’s bookshops and the founder of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – and she even found time to bring up five book-loving children of her own.

In the lead-up to the Festival’s 10th anniversary in March 2018, hear first-hand about the exciting line-up of authors, and enjoy personal anecdotes from the unstoppable Mrs Abulhoul. This talk will be moderated by Marianne Catalan Kennedy.

Past events:

Saturday 1 July 2017 | 4PM

Poetry slam: Afra Atiq

Afra Atiq will present an array of spoken word poetry, with content drawn from the social, cultural and personal realms. Atiq will use her poetry to connect with the audience through wordplay and performance.

Saturday 8 July 2017 | 4PM

Reading and performance: Fadi Zaghmout and Hani Yakan | The Bride of Amman

Fadi Zaghmout will read from his first novel, The Bride of Amman, a controversial bestseller that takes a sharp-eyed look at the intersecting lives of four women and one man in Jordan's historic capital, Amman, a city deeply imbued with its nation's traditions and taboos. During the reading, Hani Yakan will perform a scene from the book. Hani will also moderate a Q&A with the audience.

Saturday 15 July 2017 | 4PM

Reading and talk: Hussain Ali Lootah | Between Two Wives

Between Two Wives is the first book about polygamy to be published in the UAE. This unique, surprising, and highly provocative read about one Emirati man’s experience reveals a rare insider’s perspective. Hussein Ali Lootah will be in conversation with Walter Paice, who will also read a passage from the book. A Q&A session with the audience will be followed by a book signing.

Saturday 22 July 2017 | 4PM

Workshop: Creative writing with Mariam Al Saedi

Mariam Al Saedi believes that a writer’s own voice is what makes any piece of writing unique, even if it is about subjects that have already been explored. In this workshop, Mariam will focus on the inner voice of the writer, using the method of addressing five questions — why, how, when, what, and where. The workshop will conclude with participants writing a short paragraph that could be used as the beginning of a short story, followed by a group discussion.

Saturday 29 July 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Ibrahim Ali Khadim | Teaching Love – a conversation about the challenges of life

Ibrahim Ali Khadim will discuss the subjects covered in his book, Teaching Love, which contains 28 short articles and gives guidance on how to love and accept oneself, and provides one with the tools to help take the lead and become a better person. Teaching Love also offers guidance on learning to control your emotions, and face challenges in life. The talk will be a conversation with Walter Paice.

Saturday 5 August 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Asma Al Jailani | How the skill of writing becomes the journey of writing

Asma Al Jailani committed herself to a #100DaysofWriting Challenge, where she posted a daily piece of writing on her public Instagram account.
In this talk, Al Jailani will discuss her own experiences around how to begin work on a novel idea, methods to spark inspiration, writing habits and what the writing process entails. This conversation will focus broadly on a writer’s journey, building on the importance of self-learning, discipline, and dedication. The talk will be moderated by Dr Alyazia Khalifa.

Saturday 12 August 2017 | 4PM (limited to 12 spaces)

Spoken word performance workshop: Dubai Poetics with Farah Chamma 

This workshop aims to give spoken word artists the opportunity to share their work and receive feedback through a five-part process: watching videos of established performers to gain inspiration and observational insight; initial performance, followed by a secondary performance in front of a camera; performance critique, and finally a discursive session that aims to improve performance methods.


Saturday 19 August 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Andrew Hansen | My Life on the Coffee Table

Andrew Hansen represents Prestel Publishing, one of the world’s leading art book publishers. He will share his perspective on how to achieve success in a rapidly changing and highly competitive book market, while having fun along the way. Andrew will reveal the secrets behind the bestselling brand and recount amusing anecdotes of his collaborations with artists along the way.

Saturday 26 August 2017 | 4PM

Poetry Slam and music performance: Farah Chamma and Parea: Myriam Nehmeh (percussionist) and Maruan Betawi (oud and guitar player)

Using improvisation, Farah will perform her spoken word poetry pieces in Arabic, English, French and Spanish. The band Parea will accompany Farah, and without knowing the subject of the text, the musicians will accompany her in hopes that they synchronize.

Tuesday 5 September 2017 | 6.30PM

Talk: Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh | Love for written and spoken word and the importance of translation

Zaki Nusseibeh will speak about the development of the cultural scene in the UAE, sharing stories about the importance and impact of culture and books on his life. The discussion will reflect on Nusseibeh’s memories of the UAE starting from 1967, and will be moderated by Hanan Sayed Worrell, Senior Representative and Advisor, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Saturday 9 September 2017 | 4PM

Poetry slam: Afra Atiq

Afra Atiq will be back to Literaturhaus at Nadi to present a new series of spoken word poetry. If you didn't catch her open the programme in July, make sure you catch her this time.


Wednesday 13 September 2017 | 7PM

Poetry reading: Zeina Hashem Beck | Louder than Hearts

Prize-winning Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck will read from her latest collection, Louder than Hearts, which recently won the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. The book has been praised by distinguished poet Naomi Shihab Nye. The talk will be moderated by Anna Seaman, and the event will end with a Q&A with the audience and a book signing.

Saturday 16 September 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Philip Kennedy | On the First Arabic Novella from the 11th Century: The Doctors' Dinner Party (on medicine and quacks) by Ibn Butlan

This talk will showcase a little-known gem of medieval Arabic creative literature, the Da`wat al-Aṭibbā’ or Doctors' Dinner Party by Ibn Butlan (d.1066 CE). This text is an important, but little-known, milestone in the history of pre-modern Arabic narrative. The significance of the work will be discussed along with the challenges of translating such a work into English in the 21st century and why it still appeals to a contemporary audience.

Monday 25 September 2017 | 6.30PM

Talk: Aidan Walker | The Ecology of the Soul

Aidan Walker will share his knowledge on how to discover, balance and harmonise the Seven Spiritual Powers of the Ecology of the Soul, to become Soul Conscious and find the natural power and peace of your real, true self. He will take the audience through a process of meditation to find inner space, silence, and peace, based on his book The Ecology of the Soul.

Thursday 28 September 2017 | 6PM

Talk: Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard | Years of Transformation (Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey) and From Pearls to Oil (David Heard)

David and Frauke Heard-Bey have lived in the UAE since before the State’s creation in 1971 and have both published research about the history of the Emirates. Frauke is a social historian and has adopted the Gulf region as her field of work, while employed in Abu Dhabi for nearly four decades. David has come to the writing of history after he retired from a career in the oil industry. They will share stories from both their books and their lives. The talk will be moderated by Anna Seaman.

Saturday 30 September 2017 | 4PM

Talk: Tom Fletcher | Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age

The framework built around the 20th century global order is fragile, and the stability created over centuries to protect liberty is being tested. In this talk, Tom Fletcher, the youngest senior British ambassador in 200 years, considers how we can survive and thrive in the 21st century. And how technology helps us create opportunity, improve security, and make it easier for citizens to truly take back control. The talk will be moderated by Nathalie Fend De Sousa Lobo, and will be followed by a discussion with the audience.