1-9 2019 MARCH Main Programme - Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

1-9 2019 MARCH Main Programme - Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

        Main Programme
        InterContinental, Dubai Festival City
2019    www.emirateslitfest.com
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    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.
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    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.
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                   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

                   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
                                                                                                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
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    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.
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     A word from our
     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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      Oxford University Press
                  Proud sponsors of the
     Oxford University Press Short Story Competition
                 '-:    OXFORD


                   E .
                DAVID• BEN CRYSTAL

           Encouraging a
         love of reading in
        children prepares
       them for a world of
        future possibilities

                  Speak to your
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                to find out more
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday 1 March
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 9:00                                                                                                                                        Yoga Brunch with
                                                                                                                                               Mira Manek


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                                           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

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                                                                                                                     Poetry Workshop with                                                                                                                                                                               Women in History: Sue
                                                                                                                        Joshua Seigal
          Psychological Thrillers                                Tony De Saulles:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nelson, Kate Pankhurst
          and Our Love of Dark
          Puzzles: Jessica Jarlvi,
                                         Darcey Bussell:
                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                        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
                                                                 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.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and how this can help you lead a healthy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     everyday life.
                                        United By Food                                                                                                                                                               Please bring your own yoga mat.


     Workshops and Masterclasses                                                                              Children’s sessions                                                            Adult sessions             Publishing sessions                                        Special/Meal sessions                                                 Youth sessions
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Psychological Thrillers and Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Love of Dark Puzzles: Jessica
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jarlvi, Karen Osman & Divyata
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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
                                                  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
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                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                       All materials provided.

                                                                                                     Kim A. Page: The Right Kind of
                                                                                                     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.
                                                   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
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:
Our panel investigates the critical role
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-
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.

     Workshops and Masterclasses                                           Children’s sessions                                      Adult sessions         Publishing sessions                                               Special/Meal sessions                                                      Youth sessions
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

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               Taaleem Prize Giving

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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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mira Manek:
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                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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!

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 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

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            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
                & Fadi Zaghmout

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Candles of Colours:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Creative Writing Workshop                   Alhanouf Mohammed,
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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

20:30                                                                                                                                                                                                                   20:30                                                                                                                       The Theory of Everything:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Screening & Talk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with Jane Hawking

21:00                                                                                                                                                                                                                   21:00

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     Workshops and Masterclasses                                                                        Children’s sessions                                                                    Adult sessions                   Publishing sessions                                                                  Special/Meal sessions                                                       Youth sessions
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     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                 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.

     Workshops and Masterclasses                                       Children’s sessions                                     Adult sessions       Publishing sessions                                      Special/Meal sessions                                            Youth sessions
32                                                                                                                                             Saturday 2 March 2019       Saturday 2 March 2019                                                                                           33

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Space Tortoise: Drawing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Workshop with Ross
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                               14:00 - 15:00
                                                                                               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
                                                                                              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.
                                                                                               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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