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2 The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
4 5 Contents Introduction Chairman’s Message 05 Director’s Message 07 Message from Sponsors 09 Festival Programme Friday 1 March 12 Saturday 2 March 22 Sunday 3 March 36 Monday 4 March 42 Tuesday 5 March 46 Wednesday 6 March 50 Thursday 7 March 54 Friday 8 March 62 Saturday 9 March 78 Festival Participants Authors & Speakers 90 Moderators & Hosts 94 Sponsors 100 Partners 102 All information is correct at the time of going to print. However the Programme is subject to change. Please check emirateslitfest.com for the latest updates.
6 Chairman’s Message 7 A very warm welcome to A very warm the Emirates welcome to Airline Festival the Emirates of Literature Airline Festival of Literature It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 11th edition of the Festival. Every year, I am awed, intrigued, informed and entertained in equal measure by the sessions that make up the multifaceted Festival programme. This year is no exception. Bringing together the crème de la crème of innovation, thought leadership and storytelling, the Festival is a unique event in the annual calendar. There are plenty of events, but few with such far-reaching consequences. Reading is known to expand our horizons and transport us to new places. But the most important place it can take us is into another person’s shoes, letting us walk their path, allowing us to see the world through their eyes. This makes literature the most powerful art form imaginable. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Children that grow up with books are more likely to do well in school as well as in their future careers. They are healthier, happier, and more empathetic. Imagine what that could mean when it is applied to the entire population. In spite of all the competing demands on their attention, children rejoice in the Festival programme, and in the contact they get with the authors. I have talked about children, but I have also seen adults as excited as children when they queue up to get a book signed by their favourite author. The opportunity to reconnect with books is also a very important part of the Festival. I am proud of our long-standing relationship with the Festival and the Emirates Literature Foundation, and I look ahead to the future with confidence and optimism because of it. Board of Trustees I urge you to explore the programme, try something new, and enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman Isobel Abulhoul OBE, CEO & Trustee Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Dr Lowai Mohammed Belhoul, Trustee President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority HE Mohammed Al Murr, Trustee Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group Chairman, Dubai Airports Professor Rafia Obaid Ghubash, Trustee Chairman, Emirates Literature Foundation Boutros Boutros, Trustee
8 Festival Director’s Message 9 It’s that time of the year again It’s that time of year again. When the love of words unites us all in one More than ever, the world as we know it needs unity, and what greater place on a ten-day journey of living vicariously through writers and force than the power of words to bring us together? Over the next 10 storytellers from around the globe. Some of whom are our favourites, days, let’s discover something new, let’s bridge some gaps, let’s live in others whom we newly discover, but all of whom change a little somebody else’s shoes, let’s ask authors those burning questions, let’s something inside of us. search for answers, and above all, let’s connect with the curious souls sitting next to us. Each year over the past decade, I have waited impatiently for the release of author names, rushed to book my seats as tickets are Welcome home! released, stood in line to get my books signed, driven to the desert to hear poetry under the stars, volunteered and moderated at the Festival, Ahlam Bolooki and taken time off life in general to dream in this place. Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature This year the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature celebrates 11 years since its inception, and as a dear friend of mine would put it, my stars, planets and moon must have aligned to have been given the pleasure of working on this special edition as my first year as Festival Director.
10 Message from Sponsors 11 A word from our sponsors Message from Emirates Message from Dubai Culture Once again, Dubai will welcome world-renowned authors, thinkers, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s and opinion-makers to this year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature, is proud to Emirates has been the title sponsor of the Festival since its inception, support the 11th edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and the event has quickly grown into a flagship event on Dubai’s taking place in March 2019. This comes in line with the “National ever-expanding cultural calendar. Strategy for Reading 2016-2026,” launched by HH Sheikh Khalifa We believe the Festival of Literature is important for the development bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to produce a reading of Dubai’s cultural landscape, which has become a fertile ground for generation and establish the UAE as the capital of cultural and creative expression. The city has become home to some of the most knowledge content. diverse and exciting events in the world, and Emirates has played The Festival places home-grown talent centre-stage and offers an active role in supporting initiatives that offer more people the local fans the chance to interact with world-famous authors, attend opportunity to experience cultural events. literary debates and workshops, and participate in competitions. Emirates connects people, places and passions across the globe, Its education outreach programme also gives students the chance through our air transport services, as well as our support of sporting and to meet their literary heroes and positions the UAE as an icon for cultural events such as the Festival of Literature. tolerance and openness in the region, promoting cultural exchange, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision harmony, and peace among different nations. In this respect, to create a generation of readers and intellectuals demonstrates the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature plays a significant role the importance of reading and learning as keys to knowledge. He in furthering our mandate to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 for a city of has supported numerous initiatives, investing in education and the happy, creative and empowered people who proudly celebrate their development of knowledge and creative industries, and today the cultural identities, and the National Reading Strategy that aims to evolution of the UAE literary landscape showcases the dynamic make reading become a life habit for 50% of Emirati adults and 80% of potential of the arts here and in the broader region. school students. We look forward to meeting this year’s line-up of top authors and The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has become a popular storytellers and welcoming you to join us, as we celebrate the power of destination thanks to its dynamic agenda and the attendance of the the imagination and the joy of the written word. brightest names in international literature and culture. The Authority is committed to supporting the growth of the UAE’s literature scene to further instil the love and appreciation of literature in the UAE and the Arab world, as well as among residents and visitors to Dubai. Dubai Culture will always recognise the legacy and contribution of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature that helps us further strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading destination for regional and global cultural exchange by enhancing the value of reading across the UAE.
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14 All information is correct at the time of going to print. However the Programme is subject to change. Please check emirateslitfest.com for the latest updates. 15 Friday 1 March AL RAS 1 AL RAS 2 AL RAS 3 AL RIMAL AL WAHA HERITAGE MAJLIS NOVO SCREEN 17 NOVO SCREEN 18 007 En 8:00 8:30 9:00 Yoga Brunch with Mira Manek 9:30 009 En 001 En 003 En 801 En 800 Ar 10:00 Ashis Ray: Me and The Thing: Women in History: Laid to Rest – The Ross Montgomery: Finding Happiness, Sue Nelson, Why We Need Controversy Over Max and Story Reading and 10:30 Kate Pankhurst & Victims in Stories: Subhas Chandra the Millions Workshop with Rania Nicola Tallis Writing Workshop Bose’s Death Zbib Daher with Matt Dickinson 11:00 803 En 11:30 006 En 019 En 005 En Poetry Workshop with Women in History: Sue Joshua Seigal 12:00 Psychological Thrillers Tony De Saulles: Nelson, Kate Pankhurst and Our Love of Dark Puzzles: Jessica Jarlvi, Darcey Bussell: Evolved Why Does the World Need Bees? Meet & Nicola Tallis 12:30 Karen Osman Bee Boy and Find & Divyata Rajaram Out! 10:00 - 11:00 804 En 13:00 Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation AED 75 | No: 009 13:30 A conversation about the legendary women Seven Basic Plots: who shaped the world, from fearsome 128 En 024 Ar 008 En Writing Workshop 031 Ar monarchs, to suffragettes, to aviation pioneers 14:00 with Greg Mosse Children’s Television and beyond, with three remarkable speakers. Yesterday and Today: Robin Stevens: Kim A. Page: Ahlam Bsharat, Rania Murder Most Aditi Belame Kumar: Kate Pankhurst is the author and illustrator of The Right Kind of Loud Humr An-Na’am, 14:30 Zbib Daher & Amna Al Unladylike Treasure of the Desert the picture book Fantastically Great Women Mansouri Who Changed the World and descendant 805 Ar/En 15:00 of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. She is Save Your Paper Bags!: A Workshop joined by science writer and broadcaster 15:30 for Children with Sue Nelson, author of Wally Funk’s Race Mona Yakzan for Space, the biography of the renowned 16:00 155 En 055 En 016 En 807 Ar 142 Ar 152 En A Yoga Brunch with Mira Manek Female Aviation Pioneer who was part of How You Can Matt Dickinson: Is Social Media Killing Tudor Turks & the first group of American pilots to pass Change the World: Jane Hawking: The Everest Files Novels?: Mohamed Al James Owens, From Fact to and Other 814 Ar Marzooqi, Abdullah Shadows of the past: 08:00 - 10:30 the Woman in Space programme, as seen 16:30 Daniela Tully & Zainab Salbi Film to Fiction Mountaineering Twelve Techniques Al Neaimi & Jaafar in the acclaimed Netflix documentary & Lucy Siegle Musings to Write an Sophie’s Project: Salman Rehan Khan Adult | English | AED 125 | No: 007 Unexpected End: Interactive Reading 203 En Get your Festival weekend off to a healthy Mercury 13. From the 1961 space race, we 17:00 Writing Workshop with Abdulwahab Workshop with Asma Kalban start with this yoga brunch with Mira Manek, Ross Montgomery: leap back in time with curator, lecturer, and Alsayed Al-Rifaee Gamze Geray: author of cookbook Saffron Soul and creator Max and the Millions historical researcher Nicola Tallis whose Reading for 17:30 Therapy of soulful cafe Chai by Mira. latest book Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Things kick off with a yoga session by the 10:00 - 11:00 Tale of Lettice Knollys, is the first biography 18:00 014 Ar 034 En 151 En 808 Ar 012 En 152 En Creek, led by Dubai-based instructor Age 8+ | English | AED 50 | No: 003 of the extraordinary Tudor lady who survived New Politics, Old Who Writes Edward Melanie Swan, before a brunch featuring How would you feel if you discovered an into the reign of Charles I in spite of a life of Identities: Shereen History?: Peter Taran Matharu: Abouelnaga, Shahad Frankopan & Winterhalder: 810 Ar The Summoner Selina Tusitala Marsh: Tightrope vibrant vegetarian recipes from Mira’s entire microscopic world? This is exactly what scandal and danger in the court of her cousin 18:30 Al Rawi & Jabbour A Biker’s Story The Memory Factory: Series Douaihy Martin Puchner Writing Workshop Saffron Soul and a talk from Mira about happens to Max, who finds that he has to Elizabeth I. with Ahlam Bsharat her food journey and what she has learned protect a tiny kingdom from its own conflicts 19:00 along the way – from her struggles with and from his evil headmaster. Come along What? Why? How?: 015 En Writing Workshop digestive issues to her recovery through and hear Ross Montgomery talk about his 018 En 017 Ar 19:30 Cassandra Clare with Nabiha Mheidly healthy eating to her current successes as inspiration for the story and how he explored Aladdin: and Holly Black: Bothayna Al-Essa: a published author, host of supper clubs, what it is like to be deaf in a hearing world, as Paulo Lemos Horta Bringing The King 20:00 & Yasmine Seale and Queen Tour Every Thing workshops and retreats, and most recently Max is. And remember Ross’s advice: “Take to Dubai! the founding of Chai by Mira. She will also care of the small things – they make up the 002 En share what she has learned about spices, entire universe.” 20:30 and how this can help you lead a healthy everyday life. 21:00 United By Food Please bring your own yoga mat. 21:30 Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
16 Friday 1 March 2019 Friday 1 March 2019 17 Psychological Thrillers and Our Love of Dark Puzzles: Jessica Jarlvi, Karen Osman & Divyata Rajaram 12:00 - 13:00 Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation AED 75 | No: 006 Why do we find psychological thrillers so compelling? Our panel explores the Me and the Thing: Finding challenges and constraints of the genre and Happiness, Story Reading and how far it can really be pushed to explore Workshop with Rania Zbib Daher human nature, with readings from their own work. 10:00 - 11:00 In Montegrappa Writing Prize winner Age: 3-6 | Arabic | AED 50 | No: 800 Jessica Jarlvi’s latest book What Did I Do? Learn to find happiness in simple things and all protagonist Kristin fears she could be a killer about imaginative play in this workshop with and not remember her actions. And fellow author Rania Zbib Daher. First, Rania will read Tony De Saulles: Why Does the Montegrappa Prize winner Karen Osman’s her story Me and the Thing; then, working with World Need Bees? Meet Bee latest, The Home, portrays a successful clay, children will sculpt an object that can be career woman with a troubled past and asks Ashis Ray: Laid to Rest – The whatever they imagine it to be. Boy and Find Out! unsettling questions about justice, revenge Controversy Over Subhas Rania Zbib Daher is an award-winning YA & 12:00 - 13:00 and our capacity for forgiveness. children’s author, and former TV director and Chandra Bose’s Death Age: 7+ | English | AED 50 | No: 005 When a tragedy befalls a group of NRI women producer. She has published more than 40 living in Dubai in Divyata Rajaram’s book The terrifyingly talented illustrator of the 10:00 - 11:00 children’s books. If You Only Knew Me, they find themselves Horrible Science series welcomes you to an Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 001 Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying struggling to make sense of the madness and illustrated peak into the weird and wonderful The controversy over the death of Subhas adult. deception surrounding them. world of Bee Boy! Chandra Bose, one of the heroes of the Indian All materials provided. How do you make serious subjects fun and freedom movement, is still debated to this day. memorable? Discover the answers with Tony Ashis Ray, a foreign correspondent with 40 as he tells us his motivation for writing the years’ experience with the BBC, CNN and Bee Boy trilogy and why bees matter so much. other major news organisations, seeks in Poetry Workshop: Workshop Enjoy a brilliant presentation, and even a song his book Laid to Rest to find closure to this with Joshua Seigal or two if we persuade Tony to bring his guitar! Seven Basic Plots: Writing Robin Stevens: Murder Most argument. Piecing together a plethora of first- Tony De Saulles used to get told off at school Workshop with Greg Mosse Unladylike hand, eye-witness accounts gathered over 30 11:30 - 12:30 for doodling; now he is paid to do it! years of extensive research, Ray presents the Age: 8-12 | English | AED 100 | No: 803 13:00 - 15:00 14:00 - 15:00 definitive account of Bose’s death. Do you enjoy writing poetry? Or would you like Adult | English | AED 200 | No: 804 Age: 10+ | English | AED 50 | No: 008 A demonstration of the importance of to start? Poet and performer Joshua Seigal Having trouble plotting your book? While Move over Sherlock Homes and Doctor research and of countering conspiracy will be delighted to help you on the road to there may be an infinite number of stories Watson! theories, this compelling talk is not to be literary creativity and you will walk away from Darcey Bussell: Evolved Can you solve mysteries and pit your wits to tell, they tend to boil down to a handful of missed. this workshop with a poem that you have similar plots. In this workshop Greg Mosse, against dastardly villains? Join Robin Stevens 12:00 - 13:00 created. All you need to do is join him to build a highly regarded creative writing teacher, and discover whether you have what it takes Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 153 your confidence in your ability to make magic writer and editor with more than 20 years of to be a great detective, as she explores Retired darling of the British Ballet and with words. professional experience, uses the concept of Murder Most Unladylike in a girls’ boarding Why We Need Victims in beloved judge of Strictly Come Dancing, “seven basic plots” as a lens for understanding school in the 1930s with Daisy Wells and Hazel Dame Darcey Bussell, gives us glimpse of Stories: Writing Workshop her rare and unseen moments, perfectly the broad sweep of stories and giving Wong hot on the sleuthing trail – allowing for with Matt Dickinson coinciding with the superstar ballerina’s 50th structure to the ideas swirling in your head. bun breaks as needed! Mallory Towers meets birthday. Nancy Drew - don’t miss this! 10:00 - 11:30 Darcey became the youngest principal Robin Stevens was born in the USA but now Age: 12-14 | English | AED 150 | No: 801 dancer the Royal Ballet had seen at the age lives in the UK. She is the bestselling, award- Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Luke of 20, growing into one of Britain’s greatest winning author of the Murder Most Unladylike Skywalker… All great stories need a victim ballerinas. Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery. we can root for. In this writing workshop, you From performing at worldwide events, like will create your own central character and the Olympics opening ceremony, and notable discover why a victim is a great device to make landmarks like the London Eye and on top of your story creative as you work out how to the Victoria and Albert memorial, Darcey extricate them from their dilemma. shares behind-the-scenes stories and personal anecdotes from a career spanning 30 years. Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
18 Friday 1 March 2019 Friday 1 March 2019 19 Save Your Paper Bags!: A Workshop for Children with Mona Yakzan 15:00 - 16:00 Age: 6-12 | Arabic & English AED 50 | No: 805 Using easily available materials including paper bags and cardboard, Mona Yakzan will teach you how to make a mask of your own design using different techniques. Mona Yakzan is an award-winning Lebanese/ Cypriot artist who has illustrated many children’s books and won several awards, most recently the Etisalat award for Children’s Book of the Year 2017. Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult. All materials provided. Kim A. Page: The Right Kind of Loud 14:00 - 15:00 Children’s Television Yesterday Aditi Belame Kumar: Humr Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation An-Na’am, Treasure of the AED 75 | No: 128 Tudor Turks & Shadows of the Twelve Techniques to Write and Today: Ahlam Bsharat, Rania Desert In today’s information-saturated world, it’s Past: Daniela Tully & Rehan Khan an Unexpected End: Zbib Daher & Amna Al Mansouri next to impossible to capture and keep a listener’s attention – unless you have a strong 16:00 - 17:00 Writing Workshop with 14:00 - 15:00 14:00 - 15:00 Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 031 personal voice. Adult | English| AED 75 | No: 010 Abdulwahab Alsayed Al-Rifaee Adult | Arabic | AED 75 | No: 024 Communication expert Kim A. Page shares Two writers, two different mysteries, both Humr An-Na'am – Arabic for the finest camel – Sesame Street, Sally, Captain Majed, the her time-tested strategies to enable you rooted in gripping past events. 16:00 - 18:00 reclaims the desert’s forgotten and neglected Smurfs, Adnan & Lina, Heidi and many more. to connect with people and access the full Rehan Khan is the author of A Tudor Turk, the Adult | Arabic | AED300 | No: 807 titan. Despite thousands of years of loyal Who did not watch the classic children’s potential of your voice as a communication first of The Chronicles of Will Ryde & Awa Join writer and publisher Abdulwahab service to desert dwellers, the animal has programmes of the seventies, eighties tool. Join her on a journey, where you’ll Maryam Al-Jameel. Described as “Mission Alsayed Al-Rifaee in an interactive and suffered as the map of the Arabian Peninsula and nineties? Children’s television walks a discover how to use your presence, voice and Impossible set during the 16th Century”, it informative writing workshop for writers at became dotted with cities and automobiles fine line of entertaining children while also body language to impact the world. features an unlikely duo: Songhai warrior girl all stages of the writing journey. You will learn the preferred mode of transportation. But educating them and encouraging positive Awa and enslaved English boy Will. Together with him the importance of writing unexpected thanks to the leadership and initiative of the behaviour. they must face scheming adversaries as they endings to your stories. He’ll give handy tips late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Our speakers will discuss the influence – on how to surprise the reader with examples. “THROUGH camels have finally been restored to their pursue a prized relic from the Grand Bazaar positive and negative – that TV can exert of Istanbul to the court of Queen Elizabeth The workshop will include a look at some position at the heart of the United Arab on children’s development and the forces I. Rehan is joined by Daniela Tully, author of literary works and how to ensure creative and OUR SOUND, Emirates’ ethnographic and historical identity. that shape the kind of programmes that are Hotel on Shadow Lake. Inspired by a letter professional endings. Aditi Belame Kumar explores the growth of aired. that her grandmother received from her The tutor: Abdulwahab Alsayed Al-Rifaee is WE BECOME the camel industry, particularly camel racing, Ahlam Bsharat is an award-winning author twin brother after the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the first novelists in the Gulf to write which has preserved the sacred status of the of poetry, picture books, short stories, novels, 46 years after he sent it, this debut novel science fiction, supernatural crime fiction and animal. TV and radio scripts. She has published more than 15 novels. WHO WE ARE.” takes place between 1938 Munich and 2017 upstate New York, and unravels the story of psychology. His novels are bestsellers at Gulf book exhibitions. – KIM A. PAGE Rania Zbib Daher is an award-winning YA a mysterious disappearance and dark family All materials provided. & children’s author, and former TV director secrets. Come and hear what these two and producer. She has published more than writers have to say about researching and 40 children’s books. writing gripping historical fiction. Amna Al Mansouri is an Emirati author who has written screenplays for the cartoon series Freej and Freej Folklore. Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
20 Friday 1 March 2019 Friday 1 March 2019 21 Matt Dickinson: The Everest Files and Other Mountaineering Musings 16:00 - 17:00 Age: 11+ | English | AED 50 | No: 016 Do you have what it takes to be an adventurer? Come along and discover filmmaker Matt Dickinson’s passion for climbing and how he was inspired to write The Everest Files by his experience in the Himalayas. Matt has taken part in life-changing expeditions to Everest, K2 Sophie’s Project: and Antarctica; as a real-life adventurer and gripping storyteller he will enthuse and Interactive Reading Workshop enthrall you in equal measure. Matt’s own with Asma Kalban experience of climbing Everest and reaching its summit have held young audiences 16:30 - 17:30 spellbound – don’t miss out! Age: 8-11 | Arabic | AED 50 | No: 814 Matt’s film Summit Fever has been watched by Sophie is quiet, not very talkative and living in millions of people worldwide. her own world. She spends most of her time making woollen squares and her mother helps her to use that talent to help others who are less fortunate. Asma Kalban is an Emirati Taran Matharu: The Summoner writer of books for children; her first book tells Series the story of an autistic child and was chosen as part of the Ministry of Education curriculum in 18:00 – 19:00 How You Can Change the World: the UAE. Age: 11+ | English | AED 50 | No: 012 Is Social Media Killing Novels?: Jane Hawking: All materials provided. What would you do if you were accused of a James Owens, Zainab Salbi and crime you did not commit? For the hero of Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Abdullah From Fact to Film to Fiction Lucy Siegle Taran Matharu’s Summoner series, a chance Al Neaimi & Jaafar Salman encounter leads him to discover his ability to 16:00 - 17:00 16:00 - 17:00 summon demons, and an accusation chases 16:00 - 17:00 Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 055 Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation Gamze Geray: Reading for him from his village to Vocans Academy with Adult | Arabic | AED 75 | No: 142 Dr Jane Hawking shares the story of her AED 75 | No: 155 Therapy his demon Ignatius, where he discovers others Social media plays an important role in extraordinary marriage to genius physicist Do you ever look at the humanitarian and who share his talents. helping to increase readership and inspire Stephen Hawking. environmental crises happening all over the 17:00 - 18:00 Come along and learn more about the world discussion of books. What impact does this As Stephen's academic renown soared, his world and feel guilty or powerless? Whether Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 203 of the Summoner series, how Taran created have on both virtual and real cultural life? Can body was collapsing under the assaults of the over-consumption of plastic and fast How does reading for therapy work? In this a complete fantasy world and his inspiring it be considered an extension of traditional motor-neuron disease. Jane's candid account fashion, the horror of war and famine, or the informal setting, psychotherapist counsellor route to publication via daily story updates on literary criticism or an alternative to it? of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the obstacles to literacy and education, there and author Gamze Hakli Geray will explain Wattpad - reaching over 3 million reads in less Join our panel to hear about their personal needs of their growing family is inspirational. seems to be no end to the problems we are the ins and outs of reading for therapy, than six months. experience. After penning her bestselling memoir, facing. Confronting them can sometimes her personal experiences of finding peace Mohamed Al Marzooqi is the Emirati author Travelling to Infinity, Jane and Stephen's story feel impossible. Shedding some light on the in literature and how to start your own of This is How the Reader Spoke: Virtual went on to achieve further fame in the Oscar- darkness are Professor James Owens, founder therapeutic reading journey. Criticism and Other Concerns. winning film, The Theory of Everything. Jane of the charity The World is Just a Book Away, As a therapist, author and literature lover, Abdullah Al Neaimi, author of Espresso, delves into the book that began this incredible Lucy Siegle, writer and TV presenter who Gamze is working on the areas where reading, believes social media has been important in journey and introduces her novel Silent Music, specialises in environmental issues, ethical writing, art and therapy work converge. She promoting his own work. a coming-of-age story set in post-war Britain. shopping and lifestyles, and Zainab Salbi, intensively focuses also on corporate and Jaafar Salman is a Bahraini novelist who leading human rights activist. Come and hear individual wellbeing and happiness. Her debut started out writing for local newspapers when them discuss the reality of our situation, what book Dissonance or Harmony is part self-help he was fourteen years old. His novels explore we can do about it as individuals and societies, part inspirational memoir that challenges history, religion, philosophy and politics. and why we shouldn’t give up hope just yet. our thoughts, touches our emotions, and motivates us toward a more positive and optimistic way to view the world. Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
22 Friday 1 March 2019 Friday 1 March 2019 23 New Politics, Old Identities: Shereen Abouelnaga, Shahad Al Rawi & Jabbour Douaihy 18:00 - 19:00 Adult | Arabic with sim. English translation | AED 75 | No: 014 How does political discourse shape our Selina Tusitala Marsh: identities? Our panel investigates the critical role Tightrope imaginative fiction plays in understanding, 18:00 - 19:00 defining and preserving one’s sense of identity, Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 152 and discusses how they approach identity in their own writing. Built around the abyss, the tightrope, and Cassandra Clare and Holly Black: the trick that we all have to perform to walk Dr Shereen Abouelnaga is an Egyptian author, across it, Pasifika poetry warrior Selina Bringing The King and Queen literary critic and professor at Cairo University Tusitala Marsh brings to life her ongoing Tour to Dubai! - Egypt. dialogue with memory, life and death to find Shahad Al Rawi is an Iraqi author, the out whether “stories” really can “cure the 19:30 - 20:30 translated by edited by youngest female author to be shortlisted for incurable”. YA S M I N E S E A L E PA U L O L E M O S H O R TA Age: 12+ | English | AED 50 | No: 015 the IPAF 2018 for her first book The Baghdad In Marsh’s poetry, sharp intelligence Two major American authors bring their royal Clock. combines a focused warrior fierceness with tour to Dubai! Jabbour Douaihy is a Lebanese writer. His The Memory Factory: Writing Cassandra Clare and Holly Black have written perceptive humour and energy, upheld by novel The Vagrant was shortlisted for the IPAF Workshop with Ahlam Bsharat the mana of the Pacific. She mines rich veins Aladdin: Paulo Lemos Horta & books together and separately, and always 2012 and has been translated into several enjoy taking to the stage together. Their tour is 18:00 - 19:30 Who Writes History?: Peter to probe the particularities of words and Yasmine Seale languages. cultures. named for Holly’s book The Wicked King (Folk Age: 13-18 | Arabic | AED 150 | No: 808 Frankopan & Martin Puchner of the Air #2) and Cassie’s The Queen of Air Selina takes us from the bustle of the world’s 19:30 - 20:30 Break your silence and write down your largest Polynesian city, Auckland, through and Darkness (Dark Artifices #3), so expect to memories! 18:00 - 19:00 Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation learn all about these series and so much more Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 034 Avondale and Apia, and on to London AED 75 | No: 018 Award-winning author Ahlam Bsharat – including news about Cassie’s new book with Edward Winterhalder: A Biker's “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” and New York on an extraordinary poetic Everyone knows the story of Aladdin… or teaches this innovative creative writing voyage. Wesley Chu, The Red Scrolls of Magic. Story workshop for aspiring novelists writing in - Napoleon Bonaparte do they? Since it was first added to The Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see two Arabic. Whether you agree with Napoleon or not, the Arabian Nights in an eighteenth-century top writers in one event! 18:00 - 19:00 authorship of historical events can leave us French publication, it has been interpreted in Focusing on memories in writing, Ahlam’s Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 151 with more questions than answers about the many ways, most often as a children’s tale of workshop explores the conflict between From bikes to books to television, former memory and forgetfulness. Participants past. Our interdisciplinary panel takes a closer What? Why? How?: Writing rags-to-riches. Translator Yasmine Seale and Bandidos MC member turned author and TV look at how we remember and record the past. Workshop with Nabiha Mheidly Professor of Literature at NYU Abu Dhabi will share their happy memories and producer Edward Winterhalder has had an Professor of Global History at Oxford Paulo Lemos Horta have collaborated on a memories they want to forget and explore unusual and intriguing career path. What does University, Peter Frankopan is the author of 18:30 - 20:30 brand-new translation of this beloved folktale their emotional attitudes towards them. it take to make the move to screen, and what New York Times bestselling The Silk Roads: Adult | Arabic | AED 300 | No: 810 that celebrates all the darkness and whimsy Learn from a top writer how to hone your makes a successful TV series? A New History, described by the Wall Street What should I write? you’d expect from a story of a rebellious memoir-writing skills and tell your own From reality in conversation with his friend, Journal as “a rare book that makes you Why am I writing? teenager who is rescued from a double- story! fellow biker, and media expert Sameer Al question your assumptions about the world”. How do I write it? crossing sorcerer by the wits of a princess. The tutor: Ahlam Bsharat is an award- Jaberi, Edward discusses how to draft a Martin Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien If you're truly serious about writing and winning Palestinian author of poetry, treatment based on a literary work and how Professor of Drama and of English and publishing books for children then these picture books, short stories, novels, TV and to pitch it to a broadcaster or production Comparative Literature at Harvard University three mandatory questions need answering. radio scripts. She has published more than company – using the examples of sizzle reels 15 novels for young adults and children. whose new book, The Written World, tells the Join expert writer and publisher Nabiha Bothayna Al-Essa: Every Thing United By Food: Peyman produced for two of Edward’s productions. story of literature from the invention of writing Mheidly in this workshop, which will include a Parham Al Awadhi, Mohamed All materials provided. to the Internet. discussion of specific story-writing structures 19:30 - 20:30 and cover the key techniques for writing, Parham Al Awadhi, Hanan Adult | Arabic | AED 75 | No: 017 as well as inspirational writing exercises After four years of absence, Jassim returns Sayed Worrell designed to transform your ideas into to attend his father's funeral. He finds himself 20:30 - 22:00 imaginative stories for children. forced to face a memory full of defeats, a Adult | English | AED 250 | No: 002 The tutor: Nabiha Mheidly is founder and world without meaning, a stolen future, and Words are not the only thing that unite us. director of Al Hadaek Publishing house, questions looking for answers to everything. In this special dinner, we celebrate the which specializes in children’s books and Bothayna Al-Essa, author of Maps of stories that are told by our plates – and magazines. She has been writing children’s Wandering and the founder of the Takween how strangers sharing a meal can lead to stories since 1987 and has published 91 platform, speaks about her new book Every understanding of what else we share. children’s books, which have won prestigious Thing: a story of how young people make Further details to be announced. awards. sense of social relations, generational All materials provided. differences and corruption in adult society. 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24 Saturday 2 March 2019 Saturday 2 March 2019 25 AL RAS 1 AL RAS 2 AL RAS 3 AL BARAHA 1 AL BARAHA 2 AL BARAHA 3 AL RIMAL AL WAHA HERITAGE MAJLIS NOVO CINEMAS CHOIX 854 En 9:00 9:00 021 Ar/En 9:30 9:30 Taaleem Prize Giving 022 En 023 En 020 En 040 En 157 En 811 En 812 En Quick Pitch 1 10:00 10:00 Magic, Secrets, and Cartoon Illustration: Joshua Seigal: Giles Yeo: Alannah Hill: Lalage Snow: Crosswords: Workshop Publishing the Personal: Workshop with 10:30 Poetry and So Much More! Gene Eating Butterfly on a Pin War Gardens 10:30 with Peter Dale Sara Sadik & Daniela Tully Tony De Saulles 205 En 11:00 11:00 Mira Manek: 11:30 11:30 Saffron Soul 154 En 025 En 027 En 059 En 042 En 816 Ar 12:00 12:00 Books... Represent!: Zainab Salbi: Kate Pankhurst: The Sea Sound: The 2019 Sally Helgesen: Selina Tusitala Marsh, Freedom is an Fantastically Reading and Writing Workshop 12:30 Montegrappa Prize How Women Rise Taran Matharu 12:30 Inside Job Great Women with Rania Zbib Daher & Robin Stevens 137 Ar 13:00 13:00 The Life/Death Equation: 806 Ar/En Bothayna Al-Essa 13:30 13:30 & Jaafar Salman My Special Card: 058 En 029 En 004 Ar 026 En A Craft Workshop 14:00 14:00 with Mona Yakzan Conflict Resolution: Sue Nelson: UAE - Discovery 101: Dubai Abulhoul: Nadifa Mohamed, Wally Funk's Francesca Affleck 818 Ar 14:30 Emirati Folklore 14:30 Ashis Ray & Lalage Snow Race for Space & Roudha Al Marri What Do We Do When We Miss Something?: 15:00 15:00 Reading and Writing Workhop with Bothayna Al-Essa 819 En 15:30 15:30 Space Tortoise: 011 En 148 Ar 019 En 140 En 035 En Drawing Workshop 16:00 16:00 with Ross Montgomery Invisible People: Cassandra Clare James Owens: Lucy Siegle: Peter Frankopan: Abdulwahab and Holly Black: The World is Just a Turning the Tide 821 Ar 16:30 The New Silk Roads Alsayed Al-Rifaee Bringing The King and 16:30 Book Away on Plastic & Jaafar Salman Queen Tour to Dubai! 822 En 17:00 17:00 Help the Writer: Reading and Writing Workshop with Nabiha Mheidy Writing Non-Fiction History: 17:30 17:30 Workshop with Nicola Tallis 038 Ar 037 En 036 En 039 En 18:00 18:00 Women Crossing Borders: Gerd Leonhard: Dr Shereen Abouelnaga, Nadifa Mohamed: Jeff Kinney: Technology Versus 18:30 Huzama Habayeb The Orchard of Lost Souls The Wimpy Kid is Here! 18:30 Humanity & Fadi Zaghmout 802 En 155 Ar 19:00 19:00 Candles of Colours: Creative Writing Workshop Alhanouf Mohammed, 030 Ar 041 En 056 En 19:30 19:30 with Karen Osman Shihab Ghanem Buried Secrets: & Ghanim Samarrai Ibrahim Al Marzouqi, Martin Puchner: Abdulwahab Alsayed Al-Rifaee 20:00 The Written World 20:00 & Adel Ali Mohammed Al-Sumaiti 20:30 20:30 The Theory of Everything: Screening & Talk with Jane Hawking 21:00 21:00 21:30 21:30 Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
26 27 Saturday 2 March Quick Pitch 1 09:00 - 11:00 Adult | English | AED 150 | No: 854 Are you ready to pitch your novel? You have five minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Literary agent Luigi Bonomi will use his vast experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as eight Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and what it takes to get that coveted publishing deal. This year Luigi is particularly interested in crime/thriller novels and children’s fiction, so if you are writing in these genres make sure to make an appointment with him. Come prepared with your best pitch! The Festival will contact you by the end of February with the exact time of your slot. Giles Yeo: Gene Eating Joshua Seigal: Poetry and So Taaleem Prize Giving Much More! 10:00 - 11:00 09:30 - 10:00 Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 023 10:00 - 11:00 Open to all | Arabic & English with sim. “The commercialisation of clean eating on Age: 8+ | English with sim. Arabic translation | Free | No: 021 social media channels means we’re not always translation | AED 50 | No: 022 Join us to celebrate the winners of this driven to eat clean because we want to live Do you love to have fun with words? Poetry year’s Taaleem Award as they receive their longer with less disease, but because we is about so much more than reading or prizes from some of our top authors. want to buy in to what looks like a youthful writing – listening, watching and joining in and slim and beautifully lit reality where our will all be part of Joshua Seigal’s inspiring curated plates will provide access to an Insta- performance. Language is a powerful tool glamorous life.” and mastering it is a gateway to a creative Cambridge geneticist Dr Giles Yeo has and productive future. Let Joshua set you dedicated over 20 years to studying how on the path to being able to express your genes influence our eating habits. Instead of thoughts and emotions while having a looking at how we have become obese, Gene wonderful time too! Eating tackles the question of why some Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and people eat more than others. workshop leader who is based in London. He has written some wonderful poems on all kinds of topics, from jungles to recycling. Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
28 Saturday 2 March 2019 Saturday 2 March 2019 Parenting US $19.99 29 n the gaping cracks “New-mama magic. . . . If you’re a new mom or mom-to-be, between our mommyhood you need this book!” expectations and the messy —Dana B. Myers, author of The Mommy Mojo Makeover reality, magic shines through Praise for So much legend, tradition, and ever yday talk makes pregnancy and motherhood out The 2019 Montegrappa Prize to be a magical experience. But there’s no Finding the Magic in Mommyhood sparkle, no glitter and glamour when you need to pee 3,302 times per night or are struggling to understand what each baby wail Featured Speakers: Luigi Bonomi, “Sara has so genuinely given moms permission means. Finding the Magic in Mommyhood to ditch comparison and judgment and to keep it real instead. punctures those myths that becoming a mom Annabel Kantaria, Karen Osman & Flora is all radiance and bliss and balances the hopes She leads by example with honesty, grace, and humor. and dreams of every new mom and mom-to- Rees ©Fishfayce Not only do I love her book, but I want to take her to lunch!” be by delivering a roller-coaster of emotion and honesty to recast every breakdown as a —Ali Katz, breakthrough. author of the Hot Mess to Mindful Mom series Sara knows, all around the globe, a mom is a 12:00 - 13:00 Sara Sadik is the creator of sarasadik.com, a blog dedicated to making you laugh, breathe, mom is a mom. Regardless if baby’s first solid meal is pureed pear or . . . hummus. She shares Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 025 and know you’re not alone in this magical “Sara is a gem in a coal mine! Her quick wit, genuine mess known as motherhood. She currently storytelling, and ability to share what REAL her story of living in Dubai with NYC habits, a London-Lebanese mindset, and Palestinian If you have entered this year’s Montegrappa resides in Dubai with her overly pragmatic Syrian-American husband and three kids that motherhood life is all about is just what every mom needs.” perseverance to empower moms everywhere to find the good in the midst of the hard, Prize, then this is the moment you have been are learning to take turns having tantrums. —Holly Rust, author and editor-in-chief HOW TO CREATE THE ILLUSIon discouraging, or overwhelming. waiting for, as literary agent Luigi Bonomi of Mother’s Guide to Sanity lifestyle blog OF SANITY AMID RAGING HORMONES, Topics include the pre-preggo phase, pregnancy, and the first year of mommyhood, including prepares to reveal the names of the winners. SLEEP DEPRIVATION, AND DIAPER RAsh how Sara adjusted when an X-ray revealed her baby had hip dysplasia—a congenital The Montegrappa Prize has a fantastic misalignment requiring her to wear a brace. Finding the Magic in Mommyhood tackles record for securing authors publishing unexpected and even uncomfortable topics with ease and humor to help fellow moms contracts, with eight winners to date now dig extra deep to find strength—and even successfully published. ISBN-10: 1-5107-3598-4 Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1-5107-3598-9 New York, New York 51999 magic—in the moments when you resent www.skyhorsepublishing.com Jacket design by Sarah Chehab and Karine Jaber this baby you’re supposed to love, loathe your husband, or lose yourself and want solely to Joining Luigi for this event are Annabel Magic, Secrets, and Publishing Kantaria, the first winner of the Prize who Jacket illustrations by Adriana Rifai Printed in China 9 781510 735989 find a glimpse of sanity . . . and you again. the Personal: Sara Sadik & recently secured a second three-book contract with HarperCollins and published Daniela Tully her fourth book, I Know You; Karen Osman, Cartoon Illustration: Workshop Mira Manek: Saffron Soul the 2016 winner whose second book with 10:00 - 11:00 with Tony De Saulles Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 157 Head of Zeus, The Home, was published in Alannah Hill: Butterfly on a Pin Lalage Snow: War Gardens When writing and publishing personal stories, 11:00 - 12:00 2018; and Flora Rees, Head of Education, 10:00 - 11:00 Adult | English | Free | No: 205 Training and Publishing at the Emirates Age: 8-11 | English | AED 100 | No: 811 how do we decide how much to share and how 10:00 - 11:00 10:00 - 11:00 Indian food is an internationally popular Literature Foundation and previously a Would you like to improve your drawing skills? much to hold back? Does embellishment do Adult | English with sim. Arabic Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation cuisine, yet, unfairly, it is often considered to fiction editor for Headline Publishing Group. Let awesome illustrator and writer Tony De the truth a disservice? translation | AED 75 | No: 020 AED 75 | No: 040 be heavy, rich and indulgent. Annabel and Karen’s books have been Saulles (illustrator of Horrible Science!) show Sara Sadik is the author of nonfiction memoir At an early age, Alannah Hill ran away from A journey through the most unlikely of Mira Manek is British-born of Indian acclaimed by readers and critics alike; in this you how to create cartoons and learn how Finding the Magic in Mommyhood, an home with eight suitcases of costumes and a gardens: the oases of peace people create in heritage. Her desire for healthy cooking session they will discuss with Luigi and Flora he went about preparing the cartoons for his unflinching guide for mothers trying to retain fierce determination to succeed. the midst of war. combined with her love of traditional Indian the steps needed to turn your initial success latest book Bee Boy. their sanity in a perfection-driven world, and Her uniquely ornamental vision along with a Working in the world’s most dangerous cuisine led to her tweaking her mother’s into a lasting writing career. All materials provided. she has a lot to say about her journey from passionate belief in the power of “Dressing war zones, freelance war correspondent and grandmother’s recipes to create lighter, Competition entrants can attend the session blog post to book deal. Up” gave Alannah the success she dreamed and photographer Lalage Snow has often healthier dishes. She now collaborates with for free. The winners will be announced Daniela Tully has been working in the field of about as a young girl growing up in the deep chanced across a very moving sight, a restaurants and cafes to promote healthy during the session so if you have entered, story-telling for decades, mainly in film and south of Tasmania. testimony to the triumph of the human spirit Indian cooking, and runs supper clubs, please make sure to attend! Cryptic Crosswords for television. Moving away from the collaborative As one of Australia’s most successful fashion in adversity, a celebration of hope and beauty: cookery classes and wellness events. nature of stories for the screen, she decided Beginners: Workshop with Peter designers, she walked the razor’s edge a war garden. Snow’s first book is a surprising, she wanted to write her own story, Hotel on Saffron Soul, her first book, is a celebration between two identities. Who was the real tragic and beautiful journey through these of family, food and culture. Dale Shadow Lake, inspired by a letter that her Alannah Hill? havens in the midst of destruction. grandmother received from her twin brother 10:00 - 11:00 Alannah’s shocking and exhilarating memoir, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, 46 years after Adult | English | AED 300 | No: 812 Butterfly on a Pin, describes her journey of he sent it. Cryptic crosswords are a great way to transformation from a joyless and abused Kate Pankhurst: Fantastically Come and hear these very different writers sharpen your mind and widen your vocabulary, childhood to a dream-come-true career peak of love, loss and reinvention. discuss the inspiration for their books and Great Women but getting started can be more than a little journey to publication. intimidating. 12:00 - 13:00 Peter Dale spent 42 years teaching secondary Age: 7+ | English | AED 50 | No: 027 school Mathematics, the last 25 of them at Are you a change-maker? To make history you Dubai College. His love of words together with need to be brave, bold and believe in yourself! an insatiable appetite for problem solving Kate Pankhurst, author of Fantastically led him, quite naturally, to the world of cryptic Great Women Who Changed the World crossword puzzles. He describes himself as an and Fantastically Great Women Who enthusiastic amateur rather than an expert in Made History, will take the audience on a the field and his workshop is designed to help journey through time to explore the stories, beginners learn some of the tricks and skills achievements and adventures of women that lie behind this dark art. throughout history. From pirates and warrior queens to computer engineers and aviators, you will meet a cast of world-changing women. Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
30 Saturday 2 March 2019 Saturday 2 March 2019 31 The Sea Sound: Reading and Writing Workshop with Rania Zbib Daher 12:00 - 13:00 Age: 8-11 | Arabic | AED 50 | No: 816 Leen fills her coastal town with hope and happiness through songs inspired by the waves of the sea, but suddenly the sea no longer cares for her happy stories and tunes, because he has become sad. What will Leen do to help the sea? Who wants to accompany her on her journey to bring back joy? How can we bring happiness back to sad children? Rania Zbib Daher is an award-winning YA & children’s author, and former TV director and producer. She has published more than 40 children’s books. All materials provided. Zainab Salbi: Freedom is an The Life/Death Equation: Inside Job Bothayna Al-Essa & Jaafar Salman 12:00 - 13:00 Adult | English with sim. Arabic 12:30 - 13:30 translation | AED 75 | No: 154 Adult | Arabic | AED 75 | No: 137 “So long as we are conflicted within, we will “The laws of the lower world were carefully continue to have conflict without. If we want formulated and perfected” - Aisha Descends to change the world, we need to begin with into the Underworld ourselves. This is the path to freedom.” – Two highly acclaimed authors share their Zainab Salbi literary experience writing about the Books…Represent!: Selina After years of working as a successful CEO relationship between life and death from a Sue Nelson: Wally Funk’s Race and change-maker, Salbi realised that if she literary perspective. for Space Tusitala Marsh, Taran Matharu wanted to confront and heal the shadows Bothayna Al-Essa is a Kuwaiti author & Robin Stevens of the world, she needed to face her own and founder of Takween. Her novel Aisha 14:00 - 15:00 My Special Card: A Craft Sally Helgesen: How Women shadows first. Descends to the Underworld was longlisted Adult | English with sim. Arabic Workshop with Mona Yakzan 12:00 - 13:00 Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 042 Rise How can we transform our collective fear for The Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2012. translation | AED 75 | No: 029 and the deep divisions between us into Jaafar Salman is a Bahraini novelist who As part of the Mercury 13, Wally Funk 13:30 - 14:30 “You think the only people who are people, 12:00 - 13:00 meaningful change? Join bestselling author, was one of the pioneering women of Age: 5-10 | Arabic & English started out writing for local newspapers when are the people who look and think like you” Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation humanitarian, and TV personality Zainab space travel, frequently outperforming AED 50 | No: 806 he was fourteen years old. His novels explore That may be a lyric from “Colours of the AED 75 | No: 059 Salbi as she shares that to transform our male astronaut candidates in tests of What’s better than a handmade card from history, religion, philosophy and politics. Wind” but it’s an idea that can take hold in Leadership expert Sally Helgesen has trained outer world, we must turn towards our inner endurance. But just one week before the your child? readers who are only exposed to characters thousands of high achievers - men and women world. final phase of training, the programme was Award-winning illustrator Mona Yakzan hosts who look and think like themselves. With - to reach new heights. Again and again, she abruptly cancelled. this special card-making workshop for young many readers thirsting for characters they sees that women face specific and different Politics and prejudice meant Wally never children. can identify with, how do you tackle this roadblocks from men as they advance in the flew into space. Undeterred, she went on Your child will create a lovely set of cards and authentically as a writer? Author of the NYT workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped to become an accomplished pilot and learn how to make even more cards for family bestselling Summoner series Taran Matharu women early in their careers can hinder them America's first female aviation safety and friends. Perfect for any occasion! explores racial tensions through fantasy as they move up. inspector. The tutor: Mona Yakzan is an award-winning fiction, while scholar and New Zealand In How Women Rise, Sally identifies the 12 Sue Nelson, author of Wally Funk’s Race Lebanese/Cypriot artist who has illustrated Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh habits that hold women back as they seek to for Space, discusses a remarkable life and many children’s books and won several specialises in Pacific Islander literature, advance, drawing on decades of stories and Wally’s ongoing pursuit of space travel. awards, most recently the Etisalat award for and in The Guggenheim Mystery Robin insights. This talk is essential guidance for Children’s Book of the Year 2017. Stevens explores the thought processes of women seeking advancement in their careers. Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying a young autistic boy. Come and hear their adult. thoughts on writing from and about different All materials provided. backgrounds and perspectives. 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32 Saturday 2 March 2019 Saturday 2 March 2019 33 Space Tortoise: Drawing Workshop with Ross Montgomery 15:30 - 16:30 Age: 3-7 | English | AED 100 | No: 819 If you love drawing, then this is the event for you! Young children will love this highly interactive workshop as they hear Ross Montgomery read his Space Tortoise story and then have fun with a creative drawing Conflict Resolution: Nadifa activity. Adults please prepare to join in and bring your imaginations too! Limited numbers Mohamed, Ashis Ray & Lalage so get your ticket without delay. Snow Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying DISCOVERING THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES adult. 14:00 - 15:00 discovering DISCOVERING Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation Dubai Abulhoul: Emirati THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AED 75 | No: 058 the FHow do we learn to live together – especially or many, the business agenda is so all-consuming and modern creature comforts so extensive that they can Folktales What Do We Do When We Miss Peter Frankopan: The New Silk in the shadow of bitter conflicts? spend months, even years, in the United Arab Emirates without understanding Something?: Reading and Roads 14:00 - 15:00 Writing Workshop with Bothayna anything about the region’s history and Our panel of fiction and non-fiction writers culture. But that attitude is changing. The government is actively promoting discusses how we address, and move on from, Age: 9+ | Arabic | AED 50 | No: 004 16:00 - 17:00 Al-Essa its culture and heritage, encouraging Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation Emiratis, residents and tourists to visit conflict and build a better world – and what cultural sites. Historic buildings are being renovated and opened up to Traditional stories have an amazing array we can learn from people who find personal the public. Meanwhile, international of characters, some scary and some not AED 75 | No: 011 Francesca Affleck students are becoming increasingly interested in the region, and not just as frightening as they appear. Join Dubai 14:30 - 15:30 “All roads used to lead to Rome. Today, they peace amid violence. for its record-breaking buildings and Age: 6-9 | Arabic | AED 50 | No: 818 lead to Beijing.” economic success. Nadifa Mohamed is the author of the Abulhoul and discover how her passion When Laila’s family decides to travel, she Lavishly illustrated with photographs Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from of people and places not on the tourist highly acclaimed novel The Orchard of Lost trail, this book offers its audience for these stories which are passed from a wealth of information in an easy, faces a very big problem. What is it? Souls, which was praised for showing how accessible manner. It also provides generation to generation inspired her to Europe through to China, by way of Russia an invaluable resource to schools and How will Laila and her friend solve this teachers and encourages the reader to write books for children with well-known and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads Francesca Affleck “the echo of war reverberates down the investigate and explore further. problem? generations.” She was recently announced as traditional characters at their heart. Should will bring the story up to date and provide a In this interactive session, award-winning a 2018 recipient of an Arts and Literary Arts we judge people based on how they look or timely reminder that we live in a world that is author Bothayna Al-Essa will lead the group Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation act? Come and hear about Abu Al Salasel, profoundly interconnected. in reading the story, followed by a creative and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of a strange creature with red skin who is Peter Frankopan looks at the world of 2018 writing activity in which children can write and Literature. covered in metal chains; but what is he and examines how it is changing and why share their own yearning and how they can Ashis Ray is an award-winning broadcaster REALLY like? it matters not only to those in government UAE – Discovery 101: Francesca Dubai Abulhoul is an Emirati author who get over it. and business, but also to travellers, parents and journalist, the longest-serving Indian Affleck & Roudha Al Marri foreign correspondent and author of Laid to first found fame with her novel Galagolia. The tutor: Bothayna Al-Essa is a Kuwaiti of newborns, and sports fans - and asks us to author and founder of the Takween bookshop Rest: The Controversy Over Subhas Chandra She is currently writing a series of children’s re-read who we are and where we are in the 14:00 - 15:00 and writing platform; she has published Bose’s Death. He will discuss the prospects for books inspired by Emirati folklore, with four world, illuminating the themes on which all our Adult | English with sim. Arabic translation several children’s books, most recently What resolution to the ongoing Kashmir crisis. published so far. She was named “Young lives and livelihood depend. Free | No: 026 Do We Do When We Miss? Lalage Snow is an award-winning Arab of the Year” in 2016 at the first Since the UAE was formed in 1971 it has grown Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying photojournalist, writer and filmmaker who Young Arab Awards for her work in youth exponentially to become the cosmopolitan adult. advocacy, literature, and journalism. hub we know today – but how much do you has covered war and unrest in the Middle All materials provided. James Owens: The World is East and Afghanistan since 2007. Her book actually know about the Emirates? Whether War Gardens explores current conflicts Just a Book Away you’ve lived here your entire life, or this oasis in through the peaceful act of gardening, a topic 16:00 - 17:00 the desert is your adopted place of residence, also covered in her BBC documentary The Adult | English | AED 75 | No: 019 or even a pit stop on your way somewhere Gardeners of Kabul. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what else, there is plenty still to discover. Join Francesca Affleck, a British teacher-turned- The Dalai Lama and Liam Neeson have author of Discovering the United Arab in common, you have found your answer. Emirates, and Roudha Al Marri, Emirati travel Recognising the life-changing nature of fanatic and author of UAE 101: Stories and reading, USC professor James J. Owens Cultural Learnings for a tour of a nation that captures the stories of how books and reading people of all walks of life call Home. inspired some of the world’s most prominent people in his anthology The World is Just a Book Away. Working through his charity of the same name, Owens seeks to promote global literacy. Learn more about his work in this powerful talk. Workshops and Masterclasses Children’s sessions Adult sessions Publishing sessions Special/Meal sessions Youth sessions
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