Books Back in the Limelight as Annual Chevron Readers’ Cup Returns
Dubai, 4 October 2017: Students once again have the chance to display their reading skills with the launch of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature student competition, the Chevron Readers’ Cup. Organisers today announced the popular quiz-style reading competition is open for registration.
Open to full-time students in the GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), the competition, held in Arabic and English, has seen a growing interest from school and university students across all age categories. ‘The increase in the number of participants for this competition has been staggering,’ said Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. ‘Over the years, the support from our education community and our sponsors has enabled us to bring these fun and creative activities to thousands of students. We are looking forward to another year of enthusiastic reading from the students.’
Participants can register online via the Festival website. The semi-final and final rounds of the competition will be held at the tenth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which runs from 1-10 March, 2018. The Festival’s two student writing competitions, the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and the Taaleem Award for poetry, are already open for submissions and will close on 16 November 2017.
Chevron Readers’ Cup
The inter-school Readers’ Cup competition is divided into two age categories – Primary Schools (up to age 11) and Secondary Schools (ages 12-16). Teams are provided with a list of books written by participating 2018 Festival authors on which the quiz questions are based. After an elimination round, the top 16 teams advance to the final, battling for first place in a live ‘read-off’ held at the Festival.
Teams can register for the competition online at emirateslitfest.com/competitions/young-peoples-competitions/readers-cup. Registrations close on 23 October 2017.
More than 2000 students entered the Readers’ Cup in 2017 and Christopher Bradley, Chevron Alkhalij Country Chairman for UAE, predicts a rise in participation again this year. ‘The Chevron team has enjoyed moderating this competition for the past six years and watching the growing passion of the participants for reading books. Their competitive spirit is palpable and we can only expect a higher number of competitors this year given the increased awareness in the UAE and GCC about reading and its benefits for children.’
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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 held from 1-10 March, 2018.
About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature:
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, featuring international and regional writers, poets, thinkers and speakers from around the world. In 2017, 44,000 visitors enjoyed the Festival’s main programme of events starring Jeffrey Archer, Bothayna Wail Al Essa, Ibrahim Farghali, His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash and Jo Malone, among many others.
The aim of the Festival is to develop a culture of reading as an enjoyable habit in the UAE, and its efforts have been recognised through many awards over the years. By providing an equal platform for international and locally-based talents, the Festival continues to build the literary landscape in the UAE and further afield.
Alongside the main programme, the Festival organises an Education programme, which positively impacted on 25,000 students across the UAE in 2017. The programme includes education days, student sessions and author school visits where young people meet and interact with their favourite authors, plus student competitions, held in Arabic and English, which allow young people to showcase their skills through poetry, short stories and reading.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Festival is a key part of the Emirates Literature Foundation, which was established in 2013 by Royal Decree. In partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated authority for heritage, arts, and culture, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature celebrates its 10th anniversary from 1-10 March 2018.
For information and updates about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature visit the website: www.emirateslitfest.com
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