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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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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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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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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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Paris Spring: Into the Cold War Labyrinth

Event 16 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“James Naughtie's brilliant spy thriller is written with authority as well as a deep understanding of time and place.” – The Scotsman

Come on a journey back to 1968, to a city seething with revolutionaries and spies….

Veteran BBC journalist James Naughtie presented the UK’s Radio 4 Today programme for 21 years and has extensively covered political intrigue of all kinds. In his espionage thrillers The Madness of July and Paris Spring, he puts this inside knowledge to good work in creating gripping cold war challenges for his hero Will Flemyng. Come and hear how he turned his extensive political knowledge into gripping fiction.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Paris Spring: Into the Cold War Labyrinth

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An Audience with Jeffrey Archer

Event 14 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“The stories are always there, they never stop. I'm very lucky, they just keep flowing.” – Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer’s life has been even stranger than the global bestsellers that keep flowing from his pen.

His books have sold more than 275 million copies worldwide and he can claim the unique achievement of having topped fiction, short story and non-fiction charts. His most recent book, This Was a Man, concluded the Clifton Chronicles, a seven-book epic that spans the 20th century, and once again topped international bestseller lists.

In this talk on his many achievements, expect entertaining anecdotes from a life spent in writing and politics – and perhaps some clues as to what’s next from this larger-than-life character.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

An Audience with Jeffrey Archer

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Writing True Crime: Where to Begin

Event 805 Friday 3 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Liz Porter
The success of TV series such as Netflix’s Making a Murderer have thrust the True Crime genre into the spotlight. This stranger-than-fiction world of True Crime writing, the battles of wits between criminals and investigators, and the amazing breakthroughs that can be made by forensic scientists make for gripping reading, but if you’re planning to make your own contribution to the genre you should be aware of what you are getting into. Award-winning author Liz Porter is here to help. In this two-hour interactive workshop, Porter will talk through the opportunities and pitfalls of true crime writing and help you develop your ideas.

The tutor: Liz Porter is the author of Written on the Skin (winner of the 2007 Ned Kelly Prize) and Cold Case Files (winner of the 2012 Sisters in Crime Davitt Award). Her writing on forensic science, crime writing and law has been widely praised and she is a highly regarded public speaker on these subjects.

Notepads will be provided; alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet to take notes.

Language: English

Writing True Crime: Where to Begin

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Murder Mystery Dinner: The Fatal Festival

Event 29 Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-10pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.” - Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None

The Murder Mystery Dinner is back with a killer script written by crime-writing expert Martin Edwards and a three-course meal to keep your taste buds as entertained as your ‘little grey cells’.

Throughout the course of the evening, you and your table of fellow sleuths will hear the testimonies of the suspects in the murder of a reclusive author whose first Literature Festival appearance in 15 years has also been her grisly last. Struggling to decide whodunit? Our Festival crime authors will all be in attendance to assist anyone who doesn’t know their Agatha from their Edgar Allen Poe.

Martin Edwards is a crime novelist, author of ground-breaking genre study The Golden Age of Murder, vice chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and the eighth president of the Detection Club – the mystery writers’ club whose members included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and GK Chesterton.

Seating: Tables of 10.

Dress code: smart/national dress

For group bookings please book together to ensure that you are seated together.

Cast: Alex Broun, Meredith Chipperton, Ciaran Mulhern, Tamsyn Murray

Consulting Detectives: Robert Davies, Vaseem Khan, Tanya Landman, Liz Porter, Kathy Reichs, Eleanor Updale

Language: English

Age Group: 14+

Murder Mystery Dinner: The Fatal Festival

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The Golden Age of Murder

Event 30 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“To a lover of detective stories, what more teasing challenge than to solve the mysteries of the people who formed the original Detection Club?” – Martin Edwards

When Martin Edwards, a member of the Detection Club – the mystery writers’ club whose members included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and GK Chesterton – was invited to become their first Archivist, he encountered a small problem: they had no archives. His investigations of the Club’s founding members became the basis for his acclaimed book The Golden Age of Murder.

Edwards is joined by the British Library’s Robert Davies, who oversees the popular Crime Classics series, which includes books by many of the authors featured in The Golden Age of Murder.

Join these literary gumshoes on a journey into the world of the authors who transformed crime writing forever.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Golden Age of Murder

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Journey to Modern India (with a Crime-fighting Elephant!)

Event 177 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Vaseem Khan
“I could not have written this novel without those ten years of incredible experiences.” – Vaseem Khan

When Vaseem Khan arrived in Mumbai to work as a management consultant, he was startled to see an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road – a sight that planted the seed for his acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Chopra and Ganesha the baby elephant.

In this captivating talk he explains how he came to be in India, how modern Mumbai came to the place it occupies in modern India, and his own journey from first elephant sighting to eventual publication.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Journey to Modern India (with a Crime-fighting Elephant!)

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Truly Criminal: The Inspiration Behind Cases

Event 144 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

If you have ever wondered where crime writers get their ideas, this session, moderated by Liz Porter, author of Cold Case Files, will tell you all you need to know about the facts and fictions that go into a well-crafted crime novel.

Martin Edwards is the author of the Lake District series as well as The Golden Age of Murder, a groundbreaking study of classic detective stories.

Vaseem Khan is the author of the quirky Baby Ganesh series and manages research projects at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science.

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist whose specialist knowledge inspired her to write the Temperance Brennan series and produce the TV series Bones.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Truly Criminal: The Inspiration Behind Cases

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Jeffrey Archer: The Art of Storytelling

Event 52 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“As I write, I’m wondering what will happen on the next page. My theory is: If I wonder what will happen on the next page, there’s a good chance you’ll wonder what’s going to happen on the next page, as well.” – Jeffrey Archer

What does it take to sell 275 million books in 37 languages and still be at the top of your game after more than 40 years as an author? Jeffrey Archer believes there is one fundamental secret: a good story. In this session he will reveal how he comes up with gripping ideas, compelling characters and bestselling plots that keep readers coming back for more, whether writing generations-spanning multi-book sagas or surprising short stories.

From first novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to the forthcoming Heads You Win, come and learn some of the secrets of this prolific master storyteller.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Jeffrey Archer: The Art of Storytelling

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Behind the Crime Scene: the Dubai Police Stories Project

Event 212 Sunday 5 March, 7pm-8pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

There is a thin line between a real crime and crime fiction – real crimes inspire writers all the time, and a good story will feel authentic in terms of both criminal behaviour and police procedure, however outlandish the crime itself.

But what happens when police officers themselves turn to writing fiction? Captain Abdulla AlSaadi oversaw the Police Stories project, in which Dubai Police officers contributed to a short story anthology based on their experiences. He will be joined by Major Arif Ali Bishoh, who has 22 years of Criminal Investigation experience and specialist knowledge of crime reduction programs, to discuss how real-life crimes provide inspiration for stories, and what they learned from the project.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Behind the Crime Scene: the Dubai Police Stories Project

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UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

Event 56 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

People leave and the homeland stays at the left side, where the heart is.” – Hamad Al Hammady

When this Emirati author wrote his first political novel based on true events, it broke the mould and sparked a huge wave of interest throughout the country. Hamad Al Hammady is building a reputation as a novelist who tackles high stakes issues such as love, patriotism, and sinister terrorist cells, and as the first Emirati writer of political fiction, he was given the UAE Pioneer Award.

His books include Retaj, which was adapted as the popular Ramadan TV series Betrayal of the Country – described as the first politically themed drama in the history of Emirati television, and which became a popular trending topic on Twitter – and brand new novel Any More? They tell the stories of extremists plotting against the UAE, and of those who oppose them. The books have been welcomed by Emiratis and expats alike who are drawn in by these fictional accounts of our world’s very real dangers.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

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Flip the Script: Screenwriters in the Spotlight

Event 194 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“With a screenplay, if you are writing something that would take $50m to make, which is usually about 100 pages, then it’s going to cost $500,000 to film each page and that means every page has to be a damn good page.” – Raymond Khoury

What does screenwriting teach book authors – and what does book writing teach screenwriters? Three authors who have written extensively for page and screen discuss how they write for different genres and media, and what it has taught them.

Piyush Jha’s film credits include Sikandar, King of Bollywood and Chalo America while his books include Mumbaistan and Raakshas – the latter of which he is now adapting for film.

Raymond Khoury is best known for his suspenseful series starring Sean Reilly, the most recent of which is The End Game, while his screenwriting credits include gripping TV dramas Waking the Dead and Spooks.

Ben Miller has extensive TV experience, including co-writing and starring in The Armstrong and Miller Show and presenting It’s Not Rocket Science, which is based on his book of the same name.

At the end of the session, we will be making the draw for Play in a Day participants. Piyush Jha and Raymond Khoury will be mentoring the Play in a Day writers. Don’t miss seeing the finished plays on Saturday 11th March at 16:30!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Don't Turn Out the Lights: Bernard Minier in Conversation

Event 91 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“The French Pyrenees make a wonderfully atmospheric setting for this complex story of past crimes, madness and revenge.” – Peter Robinson on Bernard Minier.

Commandant Martin Servaz is on leave when he is sent a key card to a hotel room. He soon uncovers evidence of a truly terrifying crime.

Bernard Minier, author of The Frozen Dead, returns with the third Martin Servaz mystery, Don’t Turn Out the Lights. Praised for his mastery of suspense and his intricate, twisty plots, Minier is a two-time winner of the prestigious Prix Polar at the Cognac Crime Festival – and with his novels now translated into English and several other languages, he is drawing acclaim from international critics.

Take a journey to the French Pyrenees, where the snow hides all kinds of secrets…

Language: French

Don't Turn Out the Lights: Bernard Minier in Conversation

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The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

Event 87 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“The End Game isn’t just Raymond Khoury’s best book in years, it’s one of the best books of 2016!” – The Book Spy

FBI Agent Sean Reilly crosses paths with a man who claims to know the truth about the death of Reilly’s father…

Author and screenwriter Raymond Khoury introduced the characters of Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin in The Last Templar, a gripping tale of mystery and conspiracy, and in every book since the stakes have got higher and the twists more deadly.

Khoury is a master storyteller who honed his craft writing for TV series including Spooks and Waking the Dead – and his mastery of pace and plot translates perfectly to the page.

What’s his secret? Come to this session to find out!

Language: English

The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

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Bourne Ready: Chaos and Conspiracies with Eric Van Lustbader

Event 93 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“Long into the night, we discussed our lead characters, Jason Bourne and Nicholas Linnear, how much their sense of humanity and justice ruled their personalities.” – Eric Van Lustbader

Eric Van Lustbader excels at fast-moving, intricate plots and cinematic action. His highly-regarded novel The Ninja led to a friendship with Robert Ludlum, which in turn led to Lustbader taking over the Jason Bourne series following Ludlum’s death – to critical and popular acclaim. His new series, beginning with The Testament and continuing in the soon-to-be-published The Fallen, pits one man against a global conspiracy and an ancient, secret war.

In this session, Lustbader will discuss his internationally bestselling books and what makes a gripping read.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Bourne Ready: Chaos and Conspiracies with Eric Van Lustbader

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Murder in Mumbai: Books to Bollywood with Piyush Jha

Event 187 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Piyush Jha
“Creative film directors like Piyush Jha are primarily great storytellers.” – The Hindu review of Raakshas

Film director and screenwriter Piyush Jha began his writing career with Mumbaistan, a best-selling collection of three gritty novellas about the corruption and crime of modern Mumbai. In Raakshas, his fourth novel, the eponymous murderer embarks on a campaign to be recognised as ‘India’s No.1 Serial Killer’ and begins a vendetta against Additional Commissioner of Police Maithili Prasad, who is already struggling against the prejudice of her male colleagues. This brutal but socially-conscious novel is now heading for the big screen – come and hear from the author how it feels to get inside the head of a killer.

Language: English

Murder in Mumbai: Books to Bollywood with Piyush Jha

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The Godfather of Arabic Sci-Fi: Ahmed Khaled Tawfik in Conversation

Event 105 Friday 10 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

The ‘godfather’ of Arabic speculative fiction returns to the UAE to speak about his award-winning new novel, Like Icarus, and how he came to inspire a generation of science fiction and fantasy writers.

Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s many novels include the famous Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa series of paranormal adventures and Utopia, a dystopian story of the near future which is being adapted as a major motion picture – filmed partly in the UAE.

His new novel Like Icarus, about a man who can see the future, won the Best Novel Award at the 2016 Sharjah International Book Fair – has Arabic sci-fi finally achieved the recognition it deserves?

Language: Arabic

The Godfather of Arabic Sci-Fi: Ahmed Khaled Tawfik in Conversation

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