Summer Writing Institute BQFP

May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm (bloomsbury, doha events, writing)

The second annual Summer Writing Institute will be offered by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing will be this May 31 – June 3, 2010.

The aim of this institute is to give participants the ability to work with professional writers in a small group setting on a particular genre. Anyone who is a resident of Qatar is welcome to apply but space will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants per track.

There will be a 250 QR registration fee for students and 500 QR for non-students all who are accepted (payable on the first day, cash only).

This year we will offer five tracks:
Fiction, Personal Essay, and Poetry in English

Fiction and Personal Essay in Arabic

The workshop sessions will be held daily starting on Monday, May 31, 2010 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

There will also be one individual meeting between the workshop leader and each participant over the course of the week (scheduled on the first day of the institute).

Please find the application for the summer institute at the following link: due on or before Monday, May 24th at 12:00 p.m. Note that all parts of the application, including writing sample, are required for a complete application

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Two BQFP events

April 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm (bloomsbury, doha events, Qatari culture, Society, writing)

Event 1

You are cordially invited to participate in an afternoon of writing offered in conjunction with the launch of the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing offical first list of books.

We are pleased to offer a choice from either of the two sessions listed below; please note they are simultaneous workshops and therefore participants must choose to attend one.

For more information on Suad or Randa, our trainers, please consult our website under “Books” or “Authors”
Please RSVP by sending your name and preferred session to on or before Thursday, April 22, 2010 as space is limited.
All sessions will take place in the BQFP villa 3 at Qatar Foundation.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
3:00 p.m.

“Finding Your Style” writing workshop – in Arabic, led by Suad Amiry author of Sharon and My Mother in law; Nothing to Lose but Your Life

“Telling Your Story” writing workshop – in English, led by Randa Abdel-Fatteh author of Does my Head Look Big in This; Where the Streets Had a Name

5:00 p.m.         Reception for all workshop participants BQFP villa

Event 2

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Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation: London Event

October 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm (bloomsbury, Books, writing)


Hanan Al-Shaykh talks to Peter Florence

London, October 7th, 5.30pm

Following the success of the inaugural meeting of the Bloomsbury Qatar Literary Salon on July 30th with the novelist Ahdaf Soueif talking to Peter Florence, and the Arabic Poetry Iftar hosted at the BQFP villa in Doha on September 9th, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing would like to invite you to the third meeting of the Bloomsbury Qatar Literary Salon with the Lebanese novelist Hanan Al-Shaykh and Peter Florence on October 7th 2009, at 5.30pm, again at The House of St Barnabas, No 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London, W1D 4NQ, in The Library. Refreshments will be served.

The event is open to all with an interest in writing from and about the Arab world.

To reserve a place please RSVP to Safaa Mraish:

Telephone: 020 7494 6349

Post: Safaa Mraish, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 36 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QY

Hanan al-Shaykh was born in Lebanon and grew up in Beirut. Her novel, Only in London, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In 1975 she left Beirut because of the civil war and moved to the Arabian Gulf, dividing her time between London and the Gulf States for the next nine years. Since 1984 she has lived in London with her husband and two children.

Hanan al-Shaykh writes in Arabic and her work has been translated into sixteen languages and is now published around the world. Hanan al-Shaykh is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on Arab womanhood.

Peter Florence is the Director of the Hay Festival Group, running projects in Britain, Spain, Colombia, Kenya and now Lebanon which will host the Beirut 39 celebrations in April 2010.

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing: BQFP is a partnership of Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Its focus is on publishing books of excellence and originality in six main areas: fiction and non-fiction for adults and for children, educational books for schools, academic books for universities and researchers, classics of Arabic literature, and reference books.

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What happened at the BQFP poetryreading Iftar

September 10, 2009 at 2:37 am (bloomsbury, doha events, poetryreading, Prose Poems)

GetAttachment.aspx (1)An unforgettable date of an unforgettable evening. 9/9/2009. This date will only happen again after a millenium. And luckly it was a great day for many people. The Iftar was a great success. It was also a celebration of the new office for Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publication. The 40 people who attended the event varried between students, teachers, writers, publishers and educators. Three local poets read their poetry in bothe arabic and english.

Abdulla Alsalem,

A poet, a short story writer and a journalist. He publishes his writing in newspapers like al Rayya, Al sharq, Al Watan and others.  He has participated in poetry festivals in Qatar and abroad. He writes different styles of poetry from classical, modern as well as the traditional Qatari poem. He has a novel underway.  Abdullah’s website

Rana Tounsi

A poet that has published 5 collections of poetry: That House From which the Music Comes (Cairo, 1999), A Rose for The Last Days (Merit, Cairo 2003),  A Country Called Desire (Merit, Cairo 2005) . A Short History (Dar Il Nahda, Lebanon 2007) and Kisses (Dar Il Nahda, Lebanon 2009)  The following poems are from the collection (Short History) published from Dar Il Nahda Lebanon

and myself

A published essayist in the Qatar Narratives series, a regular contributor to Woman Today magazine and an active blogger. She has Bachelors in political science from the UK, a researcher, and working on her first novel.

P.S: I will post the three poems I read on different post.




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BQFP Poet Iftar

September 7, 2009 at 9:53 am (bloomsbury, doha events, poetryreading)



Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing cordially invites you to share Iftar featuring poetryreading  on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

The iftar will be held at the BQFP villa, number 3 on the Qatar
Foundation premises (behind the RAND and FITCH offices, across from the LAS building).

Please RSVP by September 7, 2009 via email to


There are going to be few local poets reading their poems in English and Arabic, If you are a poet, or know one and would like to participate, please contact:

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