Author to discuss the art of story-telling at Emirates Literature Foundation event

Dubai, 8 October 2019: Emirates Literature Foundation will host award-winning novelist Lisa O’Donnell at an intimate evening event on Tuesday 15 October, where she will discuss the art of storytelling and the tension between imagination and realism in fiction. 

Acclaimed novelist Lisa won the Commonwealth Book Prize-for her debut The Death of Bees.  Her second novel, Closed Doors was described as a “dazzling new novel” by The New York Times Book Review. Lisa won the Orange Screenwriting Prize for her screenplay The Wedding Gift and was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters’ Award. She is currently working on her third novel.

Lisa is in Dubai to deliver two creative writing courses in association with Curtis Brown Creative and the Emirates Literature Foundation. She teaches creative writing at City University London and Curtis Brown Creative.

The evening is part of the Emirates Literature Foundation’s year-round programme of literary events and will take place on Sunday 15 October at 7pm at the Creative Space, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai Festival City. Tickets cost AED 35.

For more details and to book tickets visit https://www.elfdubai.org/en/lisa

More information about the Emirates Literature  Foundation can be found online and year-round news of #EmiratesLitFest on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


For more information, please contact:

Elise Butler Tel: +971 55 980 6697 [email protected] Rahaf Awad Tel: +971 55 591 0723 [email protected]

Notes to editors:

1.Lisa O’Donnell

Lisa O’Donnell is the author of the Commonwealth Book Prize-winning novel The Death of Bees, published by Windmill. Her second novel, Closed Doors is published by William Heinemann. Lisa won the Orange Screenwriting Prize for her screenplay The Wedding Gift and was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters’ Award. She is currently working on her third novel.

2. Curtis Brown Creative

Curtis Brown Creative is the only creative writing school run by a literary agency – the people who shape writers’ careers. Tutors and speakers include renowned novelists, top literary agents and leading publishers. The courses have a proven track record with 63 former students going on the get commercial publishing deals. To find out more about Curtis Brown Creative and sign-up for their newsletter please visit www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk ,  and follow on Twitter @cbcreative  to take part in their monthly writing competition #WriteCBC

3. Curtis Brown

Curtis Brown has a long and illustrious history as a world-renowned literary agency representing many of the most famous figures of the literary and political world throughout the twentieth century including Winston Churchill, John Steinbeck, Samuel Beckett, AA Milne and DH Lawrence.

4. About the Emirates Literature Foundation:

The Emirates Literature Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures a love of literature in the United Arab Emirates and the region, through a programme of varied cultural initiatives.

Established in 2013 by Royal Decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Foundation aims to foster a love for literature, with a focus on the Arabic language.

In line with the National Reading Policy of the UAE, the Foundation has implemented several long-term projects including the School Librarian of the Year Award and the annual Arabic Language Week, as well as conducting year-round student education programmes, book clubs and creative writing courses. The Foundation’s previous initiatives included the 2016 Dubai Translation Conference and the 2017 Dubai International Publishing Conference, which hosted a number of international participants.

The Foundation is also the governing body of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literary festival, which will be return in 2020.

Emirates Literature Foundation

Dar Al Adaab

Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood

PO Box 24506

Dubai, UAE www.elfdubai.org