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Event 15 Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Discover a powerful story of love, rebellion and magical destiny set in post-apocalyptic Africa. Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is being adapted for television by HBO and George RR Martin, and follows the journey of Onye – a woman on a quest for vengeance against her sorcerous father.

A winner of the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards as well as the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature, Nnedi’s recent work also includes the Binti trilogy, Lagoon, a story in a new Star Wars anthology and a comic starring pre-Islamic Arab hero Antar the Black Knight.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from one of the rising stars of speculative fiction!

Nnedi will be in conversation with Andrew Staples.

Language: English

Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death

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Event 19 Future Folklore: Dubai Abulhoul, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sjón

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

What do our legends tell us about ourselves? And why is it important to remember? Our three writers have drawn on the cultural folklore of the UAE, Iceland and the Canary Islands – find out what happens when you transport ancient myth into modern tales.

Dubai Abulhoul published her first novel, Galagolia: The Hidden Divination, aged just 16. She recently wrote a series of children’s books that draw on Emirati folklore and explore the motives of ‘evil’ djinn.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the author of The Girl of Ink and Stars, a children’s fantasy book whose heroine rediscovers the forgotten folklore of the island of Joya.

Sjón’s novels draw heavily on Icelandic and world folklore as they challenge the modern world, with old stories speaking up in a new, disruptive voice.

This panel is moderated by Iman Ben Chaibah.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Future Folklore: Dubai Abulhoul, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sjón

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Event 32 But First, Coffee: Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Start your day with a free cup of Costa coffee and a conversation to wake the senses!

Do you know where coffee came from, and how it took over the world? This fun discussion considers the social and cultural importance of our caffeinated friend, and is followed by the prize giving for the Costa Debate.

Ghaya Khalfan Saeed Al Dhahiri is the author of Voice of Al-Rashad, a lavishly illustrated book full of history, stories and poems about the important role coffee plays in the history and culture of the UAE.

Claudia Roden is one of the foremost writers on the anthropology of food and drink; in Coffee: A Connoisseur’s Guide she brought her unique approach to coffee’s fascinating story.

Guest speaker from Costa Coffee to be announced.

This panel is moderated by Aida Al Busaidy.

This session will be followed by the Costa Debate Prize Giving.

Coffee stand will be open from 9:30.

Language: English with Arabic translation

But First, Coffee: Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri

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Event 34 Mark Kurlansky: Paging Through History

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Mark Kurlansky is a master of explaining the world from the perspective of something seemingly innocuous – most famously in his bestselling books Cod and Salt.

In his book Paper: Paging Through History he digs deep into the story behind the now-ubiquitous writing material that made the modern world possible, from its early origins in China, through the print revolution and into the digital age, where people are still finding new uses for it despite the rise of computers.

Tracing insights through Paper, his latest book Havana: A Subtropical Delirium, and his other surprising histories, you’ll find Mark’s eternal curiosity is catching.

Mark will be in conversation with Kevin Hasler.

Language: English

Mark Kurlansky: Paging Through History

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Event 39 Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Hamad and Saeed are ready for an epic race, between Hamad’s camel … and Saeed’s drone! But who will win? Emirati children’s author Ahmed Al Shoaibi is back by popular demand for more modern-day adventures blended with Emirati culture, following characters Hamad and his sister Ayesha.

Learn more about Emirati identity and values such as heroism and kindness in this fun-filled story session. Ahmed will share his tales in both Arabic and English, so the session is open to all.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 9+

Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

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Event 44 The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Is a city built by its architects or the people who inhabit it?

Dubai is unusual in being a global city that appeared almost overnight. How does a new city acquire its ‘spark’?

Our panel of art, architecture and design and wellbeing experts goes in search of the soul of a city.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Yara Bamieh is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Ramallah; she has worked on conservation, reconstruction and cultural projects in Palestine.

Eric Broug is a master of Islamic geometric design who consults on architectural projects, advising on creative and effective use of Islamic heritage.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and the author of The Little Book of Lykke, which shares six factors that explain the differences in happiness across the world.

This panel is moderated by Rachel McArthur.

Language: English with Arabic translation

The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking

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Event 811 Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Grandma Moudhi is no ordinary grandmother – she’s an Emirati fashionista! And in this new tale she gets lost on a trip to Italy … and joins a Mardi Gras party!

Maitha Al Khayat invites you to this fun workshop of readings and crafts. Wear your best Emirati national dress, or try on some clothes and masks from Maitha’s dressing up box!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is one of the UAE’s most popular illustrators and authors. Her book My Own Special Way won the award for best book in the 2011 Riyadh Children’s Forum and Turn Off the Lights was named Best Picture Book at the Sharjah Publisher’s Forum.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 6-10

Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

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Event 7 The World on a Plate: Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Mark Kurlansky

Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Does the food on our plate have its own story to tell? Our panel discusses the historical and cultural significance of national dishes, the forces that cause different cuisines to evolve, and the impact of globalisation on our tastes.

Madhur Jaffrey is a world authority on Indian food, and through books such as Curry Easy has introduced aspiring cooks to the varied cuisines of India.

Mark Kurlansky is the author of Cod and Salt, books that show how food shaped global trade and human history, and International Night, a collection of international recipes he and his daughter cooked together.

Claudia Roden approaches the food of the Middle East and Mediterranean as an anthropologist: her recent book The Food of Spain explores the history and culture of the regional cuisines featured.

This panel is moderated by Tom Urquhart.

Language: English

The World on a Plate: Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Mark Kurlansky

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Event 89 Nadia Hashimi: One Half from the East

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Nadia Hashimi
Sometimes, hiding can set you free.

In Nadia Hashimi’s novel One Half from the East, 10-year-old Obayda’s Afghani family is in need of some good fortune, and her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck – dress Obayda, the youngest of four sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh.

When Obayda meets Rahima, another bacha posh, the two of them begin to enjoy their newfound male privilege even as they count down the days until they have to become girls again.

In this session Nadia will discuss her powerful, heartbreaking book about friendship and growing up – as well as her brand-new novel The Sky at Our Feet.

Language: English

Age Group: 10+

Nadia Hashimi: One Half from the East

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Event 138 The Arabian Nights Quest: Robert Irwin & Paulo Horta

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Delve into the intriguing world of the Arabian Nights as we retrace clues of the past.

Arabists Paulo Lemos Horta and Robert Irwin take on a persistent and pernicious myth – that favourite stories in the Arabian Nights, including Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, are European inventions, added by translators. The real story of these ‘orphan’ stories is much more interesting, and stars a mysterious Syrian scholar, Hanna Diyab…

Paulo Lemos Horta is the author of Marvellous Thieves, an account of the French and English translators of the Arabian Nights.

Robert Irwin is a renowned scholar of Arabic literature who has written extensively on the Arabian Nights.

This panel is moderated by Maán Jalal.

Language: English with Arabic translation

The Arabian Nights Quest: Robert Irwin & Paulo Horta

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Event 110 Taghreed Aref Najjar: Why Not?

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Join Taghreed Aref Najjar, author of more than 50 children’s books, for a fun-filled session of storytelling and music. When Samia’s father got sick, she had to take over his job as Musaharati – waking villagers to eat before their fast began at sunrise. No girl had done this before, so Samia’s bravery inspired everyone and the village band played through the night!

This beautiful story of courage and cooperation introduces children to a range of musical instruments, which Taghreed will demonstrate during the reading.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 6+

Taghreed Aref Najjar: Why Not?

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Event 855 Amazing Arabian Nights: Story & Craft Workshop with Wafa Tarnowska

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Wafa Tarnowska has adapted several stories from the Arabian Nights in a beautifully illustrated collection for children.

Starting with a reading of the story ‘Singing Tree and the Speaking Bird’, Wafa will then take the children on a creative adventure to design their own Arabian Nights garden on paper, introducing them to special trees, flowers and fountains found in Arabic gardens.

The tutor: Wafa Tarnowska is an author and translator who has travelled the world on a mission to inspire love for Arab culture. Her Arabian Nights has won the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Accolade and the Moonbeam Award Gold Medal.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 8-12

Amazing Arabian Nights: Story & Craft Workshop with Wafa Tarnowska

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