Local Poetry Event at Qatar National Library to Feature Distinguished Qatari Poets

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Published December 9th, 2018 - 01:08 GMT
Entitled ‘For the Love of Qatar,’ the event is part of the Library’s month-long celebration of Qatar National Day.
Entitled ‘For the Love of Qatar,’ the event is part of the Library’s month-long celebration of Qatar National Day.

Celebrated Qatari poets will take part in a poetry night at Qatar National Library on 15 December, and recite verses in two common traditions, Faseeh and Nabaţi.

Mohamad Yasin, Zainab Almahmood, Nasser Al-Wobair and Hamad Al-Braidi will take part in the recital, which will be moderated by the creative presenter, Saoud Al-Maadeed.

“Literature is an integral part of Qatari heritage, and poems are known to have been written and recited across the wider region for centuries,” said Haya Al Sheeb, Information Services Librarian at Qatar National Library. “The event is an opportunity for visitors to know more about Qatari culture and values through listening to and reading local poetry.” 

For those who wish to further their interest in Qatari poetry, the Heritage Library holds a collection of poems written by Sheikh Jassim, the founder of Qatar. The Library’s visitors are welcome to see and read his collection of poetry, called a Diwan. The collection contains a number of Nabaţi poems, which is a colloquial form of Arabic poetry.

Entitled ‘For the Love of Qatar,’ the event is part of the Library’s month-long celebration of Qatar National Day, which highlights the nation’s proud history, traditions and culture.

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all our functions, we provide leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.

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