The Reading Festival 2023 “Teachers and Leaders as Lifelong Readers”
Under the patronage of H.E Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to UAE President
,Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University
“About the Event”
This Festival intends to actualize this vision of a reading nation with teacher-trainees,
teachers, school leaders, teacher-educators at the forefront. It is meant to be a
vibrant month-long event with university-wide literary talent show, literary café
sessions celebrating local and UAE-based authors and illustrators, reading challenges,
conversations with academics and practitioners on engaging readers, and award-winning
international authors and illustrators sharing their literary and creative process
throughout the event.
The festival intends to go beyond the idea of reading as a mere skill that needs to
be acquired, but reading as a way to know and understand one’s self and the world
– and the role that each of us play in building a more equitable, sustainable, humane,
and inclusive society.