iRead Final Event


The ceremony of the Reading Enrichment Program (iRead), now in its seventh cycle, is a celebration of reading and readers. It honors the winners of the Reading Competition, where seven readers from around the Kingdom compete in front of the judging commitee which includes Saudi writer Dr. Khalid Al Rifai, Iraqi writer Dr. Mohsen Al-Ramli and Omani writer Bushra Khalfan. The ceremony will also feature a speech by Moroccan writer Dr. Abdelfattah Kilito, a poem by the Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad and a song by Kuwaiti artist Hammoud Alkhudir, as well as a theatrical performance entitled "Falling off a Warm Text."

"Falling off a Warm Text” is a play about a word that escapes from a text to which it was added. The word wants to get back to its original text, so it looks for a way to return.

To download the agenda click here

Live Stream

iRead final event Day 1


iRead final event Day 2


Guests of Honor





Dates & Location

Friday 24th - 25th June, 2022


Show on Map




Rawda Elhaj

A Sudanese poet, she has several collections of poetry and won the Okaz Souk Award for the year 2012.

Mohammed Ait Hanna

Moroccan writer and translator interested in philosophy, literature and aesthetics. He is teaching at the Teacher Training Institute in Rabat.

Buthaina AlEssa

Kuwaiti writer and novelist. She is the founder of the creative writing platform Takween since 2016 in Kuwait.

Dr. Saad Albazei

Saudi critic and thinker, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission at the Ministry of Culture.

Mohamed Alfraih

Saudi writer, and director of the publishing and translation department at Obeikan Education Company

Dr. Abdullah Alsufyani

Saudi researcher in criticism, a former member of the Shura Council, and founder of the International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature (Adab).

Dr. Muhsin Al Ramli

An Iraqi writer living in Madrid, Spain since 1995, Al Ramli is a translator of several Spanish classics to Arabic, and produced the complete…

Dr. Abdelfattah Kilito

Abdelfattah Kilito is a well known Moroccan writer. He was born in Rabat in 1945. He is the author of several books in Arabic and in French.

Sultan Al Amimi

An Emarati Author, poet and narrator, Al Amimi was born in Al Dhaid, UAE in 1974. He has published many books on folklore literature studies in the…

Tarek Imam

Imam is an Egyptian author and novelist. He holds a bachelors in English from the University of Alexandria. He published New Birds Unspoiled by the…

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family similar to those which he describes in his novels Cevdet Bey and His…

Humood Alkhudur

Humood Alkhudher is a Kuwaiti singer and music producer.