In a year marked by the United Arab Emirates' dedication to sustainability, the Literary Forum Salon wrapped up its initiatives, chief among them: the 'Recycling of Reading' and 'Recycling of Writing'. The salon also unveiled a book titled 'Between the Ordeal of Corona and the Grant of Reading', printed on recycled paper, encapsulating the transformative power of literature during the pandemic.
Innovation in Literature
The 'Recycling of Reading' initiative challenged traditional reading paradigms. It proposed that reading a good book three times could be more enriching than reading three new books. Participants submitted videos discussing novels they had revisited, shedding light on how repeated readings deepened their understanding.
In the 'Recycling of Writing' challenge, participants turned to the classic 'One Thousand and One Nights'. They were tasked with reimagining this timeless work in the context of modern novels. The outcome was a collection of short pieces inspired by the classic, shared across various social media platforms.
Between the Ordeal of Corona and the Grant of Reading
The Salon's new book, 'Between the Ordeal of Corona and the Grant of Reading', serves as a testament to the resilience of the literary community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It documents the forum's activities and illustrates how the crisis was converted into an opportunity for personal growth and virtual collaboration.
The book's diverse sections encompass critical discussions, novel reviews, poetry, and contributions from cultural figures and artistic sessions. In essence, it serves as an exemplar of the forum's innovative response to a global crisis.
A Beacon of Literary Excellence
Founded in 1995 in Abu Dhabi by Asma Sadiq Al Mutawa, the Literary Forum Salon has become a beacon of literary excellence. Registered with UNESCO, the salon has a membership of 24 women and a broad network of friends across the Arab world and beyond. The salon is renowned for its innovative events that attract hundreds of literary figures.
In the words of Al Mutawa, the forum is committed to launching annual initiatives that enhance intellectual capacities and promote a culture of reading. The initiatives generated significant participation from members and friends of the forum, cementing the forum's status as a leading platform for literary discourse and creativity. As the forum continues to grow, it will undoubtedly continue to foster a vibrant literary culture in the UAE and beyond.