Bothayna Al-Essa’s discussions and workshops at the Emirates LitFest in March

Kuwaiti-born Bothayna Al-Essa, author of the forthcoming Hoopoe novel All That I Want To Forget, translated by Michele Henjum, is giving two workshops and participating in two discussions at the upcoming Emirates LitFest, held in Dubai from March 1-9.

Al-Essa is also the founder of “Takween,” a performance space, bookshop, and school for aspiring writers. She translated several articles and texts specializing in creative writing, and published more than 10 novels for adults and children.

At age 23, Al-Essa published her first novel A Soundless Collision. Her other novel Aisha Descends to the Underworld was nominated for The Sheikh Zayed Book Award longlist 2012.  All That I Want to Forget is about Fatima who loves poetry and wants to study French literature but struggles to escape the strict and conservative clutch of her much older brother.

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Al-Essa speaks about her new book Every Thing: a story of how young people make sense of social relations, generational differences and corruption in adult society.

After four years of absence, Jassim returns to attend his father’s funeral. He finds himself forced to face a memory full of defeats, a world without meaning, a stolen future, and questions looking for answers to everything.







Bothayna Al-Essa and another highly acclaimed author, Bahraini novelist Jaafar Salman, who started out writing for local newspapers when he was fourteen years old, share their literary experience writing about the relationship between life and death from a literary perspective.








In this writing workshop for children, Bothayna Al-Essa will lead the group in reading the story, followed by a creative writing activity in which children can write and share their own yearning and how they can get over it.









Author, bookseller, and publisher Bothayna Al-Essa explains how to maximize book sales, through both retailers and other channels. She looks at the most effective marketing platforms and events that publishers can activate, and how to encourage readers to engage with authors and buy more books.

Posted on 27/02/2019 in Uncategorized, tagged as All That I Want to Forget, Bothayna Al-Essa, Emirates Airlines Festival for Literature, Emirates LitFest, Hoopoe Fiction, Kuwait, Michele Henjum, novel, translation, workshop, writing


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