The Reading Club of ALHOSN University hosted well-known author Aisha Al Kaabi on April 23, 2012. She read some of her famous works in the presence of ALHOSN Vice Chancellor H.E. Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni and University students.
The meeting facilitated led by Dr. Mohammed Saeed Hasab Al Nabi, Chair of ALHOSN’s Education Department and Supervisor of the Reading Club, who commended the creative works of Aisha Al Kaabi. Mrs Al Kaabi absorbs the current changes of life and offers a fertile ground for her short stories at a latest stage when she published very short stories of an entirely new Western-based form. Dr. Al Nabi further drew attention to the fact that Mrs Al Kaabi is one of few writers who have mastered this form, noting that her very short stories are catalysts for contemplation and cogitation. He added that Al Kaabi derives her stories from daily situations that she has personally experienced.
Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni expressed his admiration for Aisha Al Kaabi’s stories, whose exciting themes he likened to an arrow targeting in depth its mark with precision and simplicity.
Al Kaabi showcased a few stories from her ‘Dressing Room’ collection and another from her ‘No Consolation for House Cats’ collection that won first place in The Emirati Woman Award in Literature and Art. The stories included ‘VIP,’ ‘Sheikhdom,’ ‘Sweet-Smelling Memoir,’ ‘Announcement,’ ‘Anticipation,’ and ‘No Consolation for House Cats,’ among others.
Answering questions on what influenced and encouraged her to write, Al Kaabi said that her family played a major role as well as her Arabic Literature professor and her husband who has been her inspiration and major supporter. Expressing her deep appreciation, Al Kaabi read one of her unpublished stories entitled ‘Spider’ and dedicated it to her husband who listened to her among the audience.
At the end of the meeting, Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni presented the University plaque to Al Kaabi and awarded the Reading Club with a certificate of appreciation for its promotion of literary and writing activities in the University. He also awarded a certificate of appreciation to the young Abdullah Al Mehyas from Hamouda bin Ali Model School for his talent and academic excellence, underlying the Reading Club’s support for gifted and distinguished children in particular. The audience also enjoyed listening to Saeeda Saleh Ismail, a student from the Department of Education, whose recitation of her poem entitled ‘I wish’ was highly acclaimed by the guest author and attendees.