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Qatari woman writer Sarah shines light on volunteering feats at ‘Book Council’ event

Qatari woman writer Sarah
shines light on volunteering
feats at ‘Book Council’ event

Tribune News Network
Doha
THE Qatari Authors’ Forum recently held a ‘Book Council’ event through the Microsoft Times programme. The meeting was conducted by noted writer and General Manager of the forum Maryam Yassin al Hammadi and Saleh Gharib, writer and programme director of the forum.
The Book Council hosted the winner of the Youth Literature Competition Sarah al Yaqoub during the event. The competition was held by the Qatari Authors’ Forum in March, while its results were declared in April.
Yaqoub spoke about her winning work at the event titled ‘14 Days’. According to her, the work tells the story of a Qatari student studying medicine in Britain, who returns home following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, spends 14 days in quarantine and then decides to volunteer with the medical team to protect the community from COVID-19.
When in school, Yaqoub participated actively in cultural competitions and debates. She thanked the organisers for the award and said that it’s a gteat motivation for her to continue writing.
She also praised the initiative by the Qatari Authors’ Forum, under the supervision of writer Hessa al Awadi to encourage and hone literary talents within the community.
Yacoub also talked about her experience of the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid festivities amid COVID-19. She talked about how
she learnt cooking helped her mother in household chores.
For his part, Lebanese critic and novelist Dr Ali Nesr reminisced about the feasts in Lebanon during Eid and also discussed aspects of Qatari literature through a master’s thesis prepared by a Lebanese student residing in Qatar on the novel titled ‘The Bomb’ by Ahmed Abdel Malek.
Kuwaiti writer Al-Saadia said that home quarantine provided her with an opportunity to revive her reading habit.

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