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Event 1 An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday 3 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Join us for an hour of mischief, laughter and master storytelling with one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. Author of more than 100 books including the internationally bestselling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and Corduroy Mansions series, McCall Smith was recently awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature by The National Arts Club of America.

Alexander will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith

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Event 4 Kate Mosse: 1818-2018 Frankenstein at 200

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Kate Mosse
In 1818, Mary Shelley's Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published. It was an instant sensation: a story of love and rejection; of over-reaching ambition; of the nature of life and immortality. To celebrate the bicentenary, bestselling novelist Kate Mosse will consider why the story of Dr Frankenstein and his Creature continues to exert such a strong hold on our imaginations. Placing Frankenstein within the wider tradition of Gothic fiction, from Walpole, Radcliffe and Stoker to modern day masters and mistresses of the genre such as Stephen King and Sarah Waters, she will use examples from page, stage and screen to illustrate why this extraordinary novel is as powerful today as it ever was.

Language: English

Kate Mosse: 1818-2018 Frankenstein at 200

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Event 9 Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Wizard of whodunits and master of mysteries, Anthony Horowitz has had a hectic year. He’s even been starring in his own book!

In The Word is Murder, ‘Anthony Horowitz’, busy working on his first Sherlock Holmes novel, agrees to play Watson to Detective Daniel Hawthorne – they will solve a bizarre murder, write a book about it, and split the profits. What could go wrong?

Come and witness Anthony’s rip-roaring storytelling live as he reveals all about a life in detective fiction, from Holmes, to a dark take on vintage crime in The Magpie Murders, to writing for hit TV series Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.

Anthony will be in conversation with Kate Mosse.

Language: English

Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder

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Event 24 Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a full-time writer. With the freedom to write, he has produced some of his best work, including the IPAF-shortlisted Time of White Horses, Lanterns of the King of Galilee and Kilimanjaro Spirit – the last inspired by his journey with volunteers and disabled Palestinian children to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

In this conversation he will talk about his writing, the challenges he faced growing up and his shift from telling the story of 250 years of recent Palestinian history to his surprise move into futuristic dystopian fiction in Dog War II.

Ibrahim will be in conversation with Ibrahim Ustadi.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

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Event 25 Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Celebrated Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, twice shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, joins us to talk about his critically acclaimed writing and his love for his home city, Aleppo. His novels No Knives in the Kitchens of this City and In Praise of Hatred – both also published in English to widespread praise – portray the life of the city and its people over the period of history from the First World War to 2003 – a time of great social and cultural change.

Make sure to catch this important conversation for an author’s insight into the real Aleppo.

Khaled will be in conversation with Eman Al Yousuf.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

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Event 29 Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan found fame as Britain’s foremost daytime TV duo, and have since become the nation’s favourite book-loving couple.

In this session Richard & Judy meet with their pick of Festival authors for a live Book Club session.

The Panellists:

Kevin Kwan (joining live via video link from LA) is the author of Crazy Rich Asians and its sequels China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems – a satire of Singapore’s uber-wealthy that has been a global hit with readers.

Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth was a standout title in the strong 2006 lineup for the Richard & Judy Book Club and picked up a British Book Award that year. The first novel in her major new historical series, The Burning Chambers, will publish in May 2018.

Shari Lapena’s gripping domestic thriller The Couple Next Door was a Richard & Judy pick in 2017 and bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic; her new book is A Stranger in the House.

This session will be hosted by Peter Dale. 

Language: English

Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club

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Event 48 The Montegrappa Writing Prize: Isobel Abulhoul, Luigi Bonomi, Jessica Jarlvi, Karen Osman

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Have you always wanted to be an author? It’s time to award the eagerly anticipated 2018 Montegrappa Prize, and if you entered this year then this might just be your breakthrough!

Eight winners to date have secured publishing deals – two past success stories join competition judge Luigi Bonomi to discuss their writing, before 2018’s winners are announced.

Competition entrants can attend the session for free.

Isobel Abulhoul is the Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation.

Luigi Bonomi is a literary agent and represents authors including Judy Finnigan, Richard Madeley and Alan Titchmarsh.

Jessica Jarlvi is the author of the breathtaking, dark thriller When I Wake Up. Her second book will be published in May 2018.

Karen Osman is the winner of the 2016 prize. Her thriller The Good Mother led to a three-book deal with Head of Zeus publishing.

This session is moderated by Charles Nahhas

Language: English

The Montegrappa Writing Prize: Isobel Abulhoul, Luigi Bonomi, Jessica Jarlvi, Karen Osman

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Event 61 Emirati Historical Fiction: Nadia Al Najjar, Mohammed Al Hebsi, Salha Obaid

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

A vivid setting is vital in bringing the past alive. Our panel of Emirati writers discusses how they have drawn on the rich environment of the UAE’s mountains, desert and coastal regions to capture the unique history of the country.

Mohammed Al Hebsi is a poet and novelist who won the Emirates Prize for Fiction for his novel The Devil’s Cottage, the story of a widower’s loyalty to his late wife, set in the mountains of the UAE.

Nadia Al Najjar’s latest novel focuses on a real disaster in Dubai: the burning and sinking of the Dara ship in 1961, one of the worst drowning disasters of the time.

Salha Obaid is an Emirati author of short stories, with four collections published so far. She launches her first historical fiction novel in this session.

This panel is moderated by Ibrahim Khadim.

Language: Arabic

Emirati Historical Fiction: Nadia Al Najjar, Mohammed Al Hebsi, Salha Obaid

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Event 68 Youssef Rakha: Tales from Cairo

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Youssef Rakha
Youssef Rakha writes about Cairo, its people and culture in a unique voice that combines humour, poetry and historical insight.

In The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, Mustafa Corbac goes on a journey to find himself and discovers the Ottoman Sultan’s seal on Cairo’s streets; while the novels The Crocodile and Paulo look at the events in Tahrir Square and the culture surrounding the protests.

Youssef is a novelist, poet and literary critic, and his books have been translated to English and many other languages. The Book of The Sultan’s Seal won 2015 Banipal translation prize, and Paulo was longlisted for IPAF 2017.

Youssef will be in conversation with Hani Yakan.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Youssef Rakha: Tales from Cairo

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Event 817 Secrets of a Storyteller: Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of more than 100 books, including the beloved No1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

In this intimate creative writing masterclass, discover the writing process of this prolific author, his influences and the secrets he has learned over the years about captivating a loyal readership. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

The tutor: Alexander McCall Smith’s books – comprising series and standalone, fiction and non-fiction, and books for adults and children – have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 46 languages. His awards include a CBE and the Presidential Order of Merit from the President of Botswana for services to literature.

Language: English

Secrets of a Storyteller: Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith

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Event 49 Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Why does translated literature matter? Our panel of literary leading lights discusses the big questions of opening their work to the world.

Can translated literature lead to empathy and intercultural dialogue? What effect does international success have on an author’s work? And, what is lost in translation?

Khaled Khalifa is the author of No Knives in the Kitchens of this City, winner of the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal.

Ibrahim Nasrallah is famous for Time of White Horses; having written numerous novels of Palestine’s past he looks to the future in Dog War II.

Youssef Rakha is the author of The Book of the Sultan's Seal, an exploration of the routes to an Islamic renaissance.

Dima Wannous is the author of The Frightened, a close examination of fear and anxiety set in contemporary Syria.

This panel is moderated by Turki Al Zaabi.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West

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Event 145 Confronting Horror: Mohammad Rabie & Ahmed Saadawi

Wednesday 7 March, 7pm-8pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How are Arab authors confronting violence and unrest in their societies?

Two highly acclaimed authors who have tackled this issue head on discuss what it takes to write about people trying to survive in a violent society, how they stand up for their community, what hopes they hold on to – and what happens when a ‘hero’ turns the violence against their tormentors.

Mohammad Rabie is the author of Otared, an unflinching and grisly journey to a near-future Egypt riven by corruption and conflict.

Ahmed Saadawi is the author of Frankenstein in Baghdad, in which an oddball scavenger stitches together a corpse from body parts and unwittingly unleashes havoc on his city.

This panel is moderated by Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Confronting Horror: Mohammad Rabie & Ahmed Saadawi

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Event 99 Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Mohammed Hasan Alwan won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for A Small Death, a historical fiction novel about the great Sufi scholar Ibn Arabi.

Following Ibn Arabi on his extensive travels through the 12th Century Islamic world, A Small Death examines the evolution of one of the best known Arab scholars of all time against the backdrop of a colourful but tumultuous period of history, full of details of the traditions of the cities he visited and the insights this gave him into the human soul.

In this session Alwan will discuss this powerful book and what he learned while writing it.

Mohammed will be in conversation with Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

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Event 146 When Cultures Collide: Siobhan Fallon & Nadia Hashimi

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

An Afghani woman’s husband is found dead, and she stands accused. An American woman in Jordan leaves her son with a friend and mysteriously goes missing. Global views, rights and sisterhood collide in these new novels by two American writers, who each bring strands of their own stories into their fiction.

Nadia Hashimi is an Afghan-American internationally bestselling author, public speaker and paediatrician. Her award-winning adult novels include: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, When the Moon is Low and her latest book, A House Without Windows.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. Her debut novel The Confusion of Languages has met widespread praise.

This panel is moderated by Brandy Scott.

Language: English
Sign language interpretation is available in this session

When Cultures Collide: Siobhan Fallon & Nadia Hashimi

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Event 95 Noor Abdulmajeed: La Scala

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Noor Abdulmajeed has become one of the most popular Arabic writers tackling the social issues facing women, with her books being adapted into films and TV series.

Her novel La Scala has been described as a symphony of pain, love, betrayal, abandonment and alienation, an exploration of the depths of the human soul exposing the effects of the injustice suffered by the heroines of the novel.

Come and hear directly from this trailblazing voice in Arabic women’s literature.

Noor will be in conversation with Hani Yakan.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Noor Abdulmajeed: La Scala

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Event 147 The Man Booker Prize: Fiona Mozley & Kamila Shamsie

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Kamila Shamsie’s powerful new novel Home Fire has been called ‘An Antigone for a Time of Terror’ by the New York Times. Fiona Mozley’s debut novel Elmet was a wild card that caught the imaginations of readers and critics alike.

In a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, two authors nominated for the 2017 prize discuss their work and the art of engaging with big themes through gripping, character-driven stories.

Fiona Mozley is the author of Elmet, a gritty and thrilling first novel in which an unusual family living in the Yorkshire countryside comes under threat from unscrupulous landowners.

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, most recently Home Fire, an unflinching exploration of the complexities of identity through the eyes of an immigrant family divided by conflicting loyalties.

This panel is moderated by James Mullan.

Language: English

The Man Booker Prize: Fiona Mozley & Kamila Shamsie

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Event 101 Chetan Bhagat: One Indian Girl

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Chetan Bhagat
The biggest selling English-language author in India’s history, Chetan Bhagat’s novels and non-fiction alike provoke discussion on a wide range of social problems while entertaining millions of readers.

His seventh novel One Indian Girl explores the demands placed on young women caught between family, career and love, while the advice collected in Make India Awesome offers solutions to issues from religious fundamentalism to discrimination against women.

In his only appearance at the Festival, make sure not to miss Bhagat’s take on life in India today.

Chetan will be in conversation with Meredith Chipperton.

Language: English

Chetan Bhagat: One Indian Girl

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Event 125 Writing Exile: Maha Hassan & Muhsin Al-Ramli

Friday 9 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Sometimes fiction mirrors life, as in the case of these two authors who live far from their countries but whose writing looks back home. They are part of a new wave of Arabic novelists who write about living in exile, an experience that is far more common than it should be thanks to years of war.

Muhsin Al-Ramli is an Iraqi author and translator living in Spain. His novel The President’s Gardens looks at how events in Iraq between 1959 and 2003 shaped people’s lives.

Maha Hassan is a Syrian-Kurdish journalist and novelist currently living in France. Her novel Good Morning War depicts the fate of a family divided by war.

This panel is moderated by Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Writing Exile: Maha Hassan & Muhsin Al-Ramli

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Event 104 Peter James: Need You Dead

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Peter James
Peter James, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger award, introduces the biggest mystery yet for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in Need You Dead, as a seemingly simple murder case becomes more sinister with every twist.

The meticulously researched Roy Grace mysteries are a fixture at the top of UK bestseller charts – James will introduce Need You Dead and the thrilling follow-up, due in May 2018. And listen out for exclusive snippets about new stand-alone thriller Absolute Proof, in which an investigative reporter makes a world-changing discovery…

Peter will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Peter James: Need You Dead

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Event 114 Maha Hassan: Good Morning War

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Maha Hassan
Syrian-Kurdish journalist and novelist Maha Hassan is a powerful storyteller with a deep understanding of the pains inflicted by war.

Her latest book, Good Morning War, depicts a family divided by war and the fates of those who leave and those who stay: the mother who prefers to die in her own home, the brother who was rejected as a refugee, the sister who lives in Paris but has to check every morning she is not really still in Damascus, and all the people forced to leave their country behind.

Maha will be in conversation with Hazem Ibrahim.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Maha Hassan: Good Morning War

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