Sharjah Women’s campus (SJW) General Studies students undertaking the Academic Spoken Communication course demonstrated their devotion to the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan when they composed poetry, reflecting the impact he had had on their lives, for a competition celebrating the Year of Zayed.
The competition, entitled “For the Love of Words”, featured some of the UK’s and UAE’s finest poets reciting a diverse selection of poems in English and Arabic, including: Lemn Sissay, Hussain Lootah, Afra Atiq, John Agard, Khalid AlBudoor, Simon Armitage, Harry Baker, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Grace Nichols and Nujoom Alghanem.
All entrants received a certificate and four lucky winners were offered the opportunity to attend the wonderful Emirates Literature Foundation poetry evening, in association with the Ministry of Tolerance and the British Council, held in the prestigious Dubai Opera house.
The four talented SJW winners in the General Studies poetry competition were:
- Nada Ali (H00369812), Sheikh Zayed & the Rain
- Rawdah Ahmed (H00369315), Sheikh Zayed
- Alya Ahmed (H00369242), Father Zayed
- Mariam Mansour (H00374205), Our True Legend
Following the evening’s powerful recitals, the students said they felt inspired to continue writing to develop their skills further and to celebrate the ‘love of words’.
Accompanying faculty Narges Faridi, Katrina Kinsella and Gail AlHafidh, said that the event, showcasing such accomplished and renowned poets, was a wonderful opportunity for the students to witness the power of poetry and its ability to cross seamlessly between cultures and across generations.