11 November 2023

A lecture on the Emirati novel at the Sharjah Book Fair

As part of the activities of the Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and heritage at the Sharjah International Book Fair, the Center Organized on November 11, a lecture entitled “Time and place in the Emirati novel” presented by the Emirati writer, Fatima Sultan Al Mazrouei, and co-moderated by the media Sheikha Abdullah Al Mutairi.
The lecture focused on the signs of temporal and spatial presence by reviewing selected examples of the achievements of the Emirati novel among most creative generations. Many examples have been evoked, such as the novel “The Revolutionary Prince” by Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and the novel “Queen’s decoration” by the Emirati novelist Ali Abu al Rish, along with many Emirati writers such as Salha gabsh, Asma Al Zarooni, Mona Al Ali, Mohammed Al Murr, and Karim Maatouk.
In the lecture, Fatima Al-Mazrouei addressed the topics of time and space and their relationship with characters, focusing on the historical novel and the importance of documentation through references and historical sources, among which she referred to the “Dal trilogy” by Professor Nadia al-Najjar.
In the lecture, Fatima refers to the idea of writing her novels, saying: “My thoughts often arise in times of stress, where there are many stimulating events. My idea can also stem from characters I have met and been influenced by. It happened to me during university, I was inspired by a character I saw while studying, ideas also come from life experiences, from family, reading.