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Game, Set and Dubai: A Quarter Century of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Event 11 Friday 3 March, 11:30am-12:30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is today considered the Middle East’s own Grand Slam, but 25 years ago it was still just an idea.

The panel revisits the history of this event and discusses new book Game, Set and Dubai, an extensively researched history of the Championship that has become a key international sporting event and an integral part of Brand Dubai.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of Dubai Duty Free founded DDF in 1983 He has also developed a powerful corporate social responsibility arm of DDF, with recent donations including 3 million AED towards the 2016 Reading Nation campaign, which provided books to children in refugee camps and under-privileged schools.

Salah Tahlak is Executive Vice President of Corporate Services at DDF and tournament director of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He is the first Arab to be a member of both male and female Tennis Tournament councils, giving him an important role in the governance and future of tennis globally.

The panel is moderated by respected sports commentator David Mercer.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Game, Set and Dubai: A Quarter Century of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

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Speaking in Bones

Event 1 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Kathy Reichs
“I didn't know anything about writing fiction and had no training in writing – I prefer taking science classes – so I just wrote the kind of book I would like to read.” – Kathy Reichs

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has used her expertise in this unusual field to entertain and inspire fans of the Temperance Brennan series, including the latest Brennan novel, aptly called Speaking in Bones, new short story anthology The Bone Collection, and forthcoming standalone novel Two Nights. As one of only 82 forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, her real life is every bit as dramatic as her novels: she has been called on to teach FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, identify war dead in Korea and Southeast Asia, and testify at the UN about the Rwandan genocide.

In Dubai for the first time, Reichs will talk about bringing to life on the page a science that can solve crimes and uncover mysteries that would otherwise be lost to the ages.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Speaking in Bones

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The Marvellously Malevolent Mr Gum

Event 12 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Andy Stanton
“I wouldn’t take children again, it was too much fun.” – a Dubai teacher after Andy's last visit

Andy Stanton, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, returns to Dubai with the latest news of Mr Gum, Polly and the other eccentric inhabitants of Lamonic Bibber. What twisted plots is Mr Gum cooking up to put an end to children, fun and corn on the cob? This is the place to find out.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

The Marvellously Malevolent Mr Gum

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I Spy: The Mysterious Montmorency

Event 180 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Who is Montmorency? Thief, spy, aristocrat – and hero of a brilliant series of adventure stories set in the streets and sewers of Victorian-era London and beyond. Eleanor Updale’s devious hero has left behind a life of crime to travel the globe in Her Majesty’s service, thwarting evil plots.

Budding detectives and fans of Sherlock, come along and investigate Montmorency’s mysterious world of blackmail, heists, intrigue and murder!

The perfect family session for anyone age nine and over.

Language: English

Age Group: 9-Adult

I Spy: The Mysterious Montmorency

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Lights, Camera, Action... Zombies?

Event 801 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Tanya Landman
Where do authors get their ideas from? In Tanya Landman’s case, the Sam Swann’s Movie Mystery series, beginning with Zombie Dawn!!!, was inspired by her famous actor uncle (Robert Shaw, of Jaws fame) and his stories of movie set life. Tanya will show some pictures of behind-the-scenes life in Hollywood and then help you find the best source of inspiration in your own life!

The tutor: Tanya Landman is the author of the Sam Swann’s Movie Mystery series, the Merlin series, and the Carnegie-winning Buffalo Soldier, among many others. Her most recent novel is Hell and High Water. She is a passionate advocate of the power of reading and writing to develop empathy and imagination.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

Lights, Camera, Action... Zombies?

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Quick Pitch 1

Event 807 Friday 3 March, 10am-1pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your novel.

You have 15 minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Luigi Bonomi will use his long experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, David Gibbins, Matthew Dunn, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as six Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and how you can make it more appealing.

18 lucky participants will be chosen to make their pitch. To apply, please submit the first five pages of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to submissions@elfdubai.org by 16th January 2017.

Luigi will choose the most promising opening pages by 26th January, when we will contact the successful participants for booking and payment. Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

Language: English

Quick Pitch 1

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Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy

Event 2 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story provides a new twist on fairy tale favourites – by matching them with her recipes so that parents and children can bake together!

In this enchanting storytelling session, Nadiya will share her take on classic tales, with stories including the ‘The Gingerbread Guy’, ‘Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk’, and ‘Ruby-Red and the Three Bears’.

And what about a demonstration of our favourite baker’s showstopping talent? Nadiya will decorate a Gingerbread Guy on stage and then children will receive a gingerbread man of their own to take home!

To get a taste of what this session is about, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bDqnzi2i18

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy

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At Crisis Point: Frank Gardner on his Debut Thriller

Event 6 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Frank Gardner
“This is intelligent, high-voltage story-telling of the very highest order.” – Tony Parsons reviewing Crisis.

Renowned BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner has drawn on his many years of reporting on global security to write his compelling debut novel Crisis, in which former commando Luke Carlton races against time to foil a diabolical plot to attack London. A chance to hear from one of the world’s security experts on the real-world inspiration behind his fiction and the kind of dangers we can expect to face tomorrow.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

At Crisis Point: Frank Gardner on his Debut Thriller

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Imagimorphia: Extreme Colouring

Event 7 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Kerby Rosanes
“His mesmerizing imagination and how he translates it onto the page with breathtaking draughtsmanship is truly astonishing.” - Chip Kidd on Kerby Rosanes.

The intricate doodle art of Kerby Rosanes is suddenly everywhere – from his colouring books Animorphia and Imagimorphia to advertising campaigns for Nike and Mazda to cover art for Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight. How did this exceptional artist come to capture people’s imaginations – and what does an artist who prefers working in black and white think of the whole colouring book phenomenon?

Kerby’s story is one of never giving up on what you want to achieve and this session will be inspirational to anyone who finds joy in art and illustration or seeks a career in a creative field.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Imagimorphia: Extreme Colouring

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Secrets of The Real CSI: Writing True Crime

Event 9 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Liz Porter
'As gripping as any Jack Reacher novel.'' – The Weekend Australian’s crime expert Graeme Blundell on Liz Porter

Forensic science has captured the public imagination with its seemingly miraculous solutions to tough cases. True crime author Liz Porter’s two books on the subject, 2007 Ned Kelly Prize-winner Written on the Skin and its follow up Cold Case Files, have been praised for telling these true stories with the power of the best crime fiction.

Channel your inner detective, and join Liz to explore the reality behind TV shows such as CSI and how forensic science is used – by both real-life investigators and the masters of crime fiction – to solve crimes.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Secrets of The Real CSI: Writing True Crime

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Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk

Event 13 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Ashlee Vance
“Vance paints an unforgettable picture of Musk's unique personality, insatiable drive and ability to thrive through hardship.” - The Washington Post

Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future has been hailed as both the definitive account of Musk’s remarkable career and one of the best biographies of modern times. Already a renowned technology journalist and the author of an acclaimed history of Silicon Valley, Vance’s exhaustive research and first-hand insights will give you unique access into the visionary mind of the ‘real life Iron Man’ who revitalised the electric car and solar industries, invented the Hyperloop mass transit system and is planning a manned mission to Mars within our lifetimes!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk

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The Pillars of Screenwriting

Event 834 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-1.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Nicolas Forzy
If you are keen to sharpen your screenwriting skills then this is the workshop for you! Published author and media professional Nicolas Forzy will introduce you to the three essential pillars of screenwriting – world, character and plot. With a focus on feature film screenwriting, the elements under examination are equally relevant to short film and TV series screenwriting – all of which will be discussed in this not-to-be-missed workshop.

The tutor: Nicolas Forzy is a screenwriter and novelist. He wrote, directed and produced the feature film Ambition, and applied his screenwriting techniques to his novels AlphaNumeric and Blue Gene. He is developing an online interconnected story universe that is open to other writers hoping to collaborate on shared stories.

Language: English

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Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona

Event 151 Friday 3 March, 1pm-3pm Vista, InterContinental

Authors: Nisha Katona
“In the West we treat this grain of grains like a second class citizen. Its cooking techniques confound Western adults when in the East, children can cook it before they can pronounce it.” – Nisha Katona

20 years after making a name for herself as the first female Indian barrister in the North West of the UK, Nisha Katona has exchanged life at the Bar for her lifelong passion for authentic Indian cuisine.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear how Nisha established a worldwide following through her YouTube channel ‘Twitter Curry Clinics’, became the author of debut cookbook Pimp My Rice and established her restaurant, Mowgli Street Food. Expect to learn why rice deserves more of our attention while tasting recipes from a book which shows off this beloved grain’s best assets.

Dress code: smart/casual.

Language: English

Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona

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Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

Event 3 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Tamsyn Murray
When life unravels, only love can stitch you back together…

Jonny has a faulty heart and his time is running out. Niamh has just lost her twin brother in a tragic accident. When Jonny tracks down Niamh to find out more about her brother, the first owner of his heart, he doesn’t plan on falling in love…

Tamsyn Murray is a popular writer of children’s and YA books and a writing tutor for aspiring authors. Her brand new book, Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, has met with rave reviews. Dealing with grief, guilt and the unpredictability of love, it is a thrilling ride of suspense and heartbreak – don’t miss this chance to hear about the inspiration for this story from the author herself.

Tamsyn’s previous novels include the critically-acclaimed YA series My So Called Afterlife and the Completely Cassidy and Tanglewood Animal Park series for younger readers.

Language: English

Age Group: 12+

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart

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Readers Meet Writers: Transformational Journeys

Event 10 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Calling all book clubs! Our Festival Reading Group have been reading the fantastic books of three special Festival novelists – and now they are here to discuss their work in person. Why not choose them for your next meeting, and bring along questions of your own?

These very different authors, who have all written about transformational journeys, come together for a discussion of their work and an extended question and answer session with the audience.

Vaseem Khan’s unusual mystery The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra leads the eponymous inspector into the dark heart of Mumbai, aided by his unusual sidekick – a baby elephant called Ganesh.

Alan Titchmarsh’s latest book, Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour, features a man uprooted from his quiet routines to realise his abandoned dreams of a Grand Tour of Europe.

Eleanor Updale’s The Last Minute takes the reader on the most unusual journey of all – through the lives and minds of a town full of ordinary people in the minute before a terrible catastrophe.

To join the Emirates Literature Foundation Festival Reading Group, visit elfdubai.org/en/elf-book-clubs

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan

Event 97 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Mehr Tarar
“Too many people are writing about the dark side of Pakistan.” – Mehr Tarar

Outspoken about the issues facing Pakistan today, journalist and wordsmith Mehr Tarar has become a major voice speaking up not only against problems, but also in favour of more balanced coverage of her diverse country – encouraging both Pakistanis and the wider world to see the full picture.

Leaves from Lahore is a collection of her thought-provoking writing on politics, society and day-to-day life in a country whose identity is facing some very difficult questions.

Language: English

Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan

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George and the Blue Moon

Event 161 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Lucy Hawking
Lucy Hawking is the creator of the highly acclaimed George Greenby series, in which George and his friend Annie go on adventures through space and time with the help of the supercomputer Cosmos – and with real scientific information provided by Lucy’s famous father, Professor Stephen Hawking.

Come along to this family session to find out how Lucy fits so much adventure and information into her lively books and learn more about the new instalment, George and the Blue Moon.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 9-Adult

George and the Blue Moon

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All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic

Event 171 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Zora O'Neill
“The shadda is the key difference between a pigeon (hamam) and a bathroom (hammam). Be careful, our professor advised, in the first moment of outright humor in class, that you don’t ask a waiter, ‘Excuse me, where is the pigeon?’ — or, conversely, order a roasted toilet.” – Zora O’Neill

Zora O'Neill studied Arabic for seven years, but never felt comfortable speaking it. In what she came to call her ‘Year of Speaking Arabic Badly’, she travelled the Arabic-speaking world, including the Emirates, trying to master different dialects – which inevitably led to many humorous misadventures! Native and Non-Arabic speakers alike will revel in Zora’s witty storytelling.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries

Event 173 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“I want to look at different platforms and different ways to tell stories.” – Anthony Geffen

Anthony Geffen is a true innovator in film and television. His collaborations with David Attenborough on cutting edge documentaries such as Natural History Museum Alive 3D, Penguins 3D and Conquest of the Skies 3D have allowed wildlife footage to come to life as never before.

Using footage from such films, Geffen will illustrate the power of new technologies and creative filmmaking techniques to get up close and personal with the natural world, as well as show rarely-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Attenborough in action!

Expect to see new insights into the relationship between humans, nature and the technology that improves our awareness of the world around us.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries

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Strange Tribe: The Hemingway Legacy

Event 208 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“John Hemingway’s incisive and moving portrayal cases the Nobel Prize-winning author’s work in a startling new light. The Hemingway Legacy will never be the same.” – poet John Lyons

Author and translator John Hemingway is blessed and cursed with a famous family – his grandfather was the brilliant but tormented Ernest Hemingway; his father was Ernest’s troubled youngest son Gregory. Both men suffered from bipolar disorder and had an antagonistic relationship that coloured John’s relationship with his father.

In his powerful memoir Strange Tribe, John confronts his family’s legacy by delving into the letters between Ernest and Gregory and explores how his own childhood in Miami and Montana shaped the man he has become.

Language: English

Strange Tribe: The Hemingway Legacy

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