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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 5 James Dashner: The Maze Runner

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

Authors: James Dashner
James Dashner’s epic Maze Runner series is an international phenomenon. The first book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks and two of the books have been adapted as blockbuster movies starring Dylan O’Brien, with part 3, The Death Cure, hitting cinema screens worldwide in early 2018.

In his first visit to the Festival, hear from the author himself how he created Thomas, WICKED and the Gladers, as well as his other series such as the mind-bending Mortality Doctrine and dimension-hopping 13th Reality.

James will be in conversation with Daniel Patrick LeBlanc.

Language: English

Age Group: 12+

James Dashner: The Maze Runner

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Event 8 Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

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

Rhianna Pratchett’s remarkable career has seen her redefine video game storytelling, rebooting the Tomb Raider series and creating whole new worlds in Mirror’s Edge and Heavenly Sword. She also works to preserve the legacy of her father, Terry Pratchett, and his beloved Discworld books, ensuring that forthcoming adaptations of The Wee Free Men, The Watch and others are faithful to his vision and unique sense of humour. She is currently developing a TV series set in the world of the Arabian Nights.

Join us for this exploration of Rhianna’s writing and filmmaking careers, the challenges of reinventing gaming icon Lara Croft, and the importance of plenty of tea-drinking!

Language: English

Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

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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 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 22 Locke & Key: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

The Eisner Award-winning Locke and Key comic series has sold more than a million copies and is already considered a modern comics classic, pitting a grieving family against the forces of evil and their own buried secrets.

For the first time in Dubai, the creators appear together on stage to discuss their work, an upcoming TV adaptation, and their reunion in Tales from the Darkside.

Joe Hill is the author of Locke and Key, as well as the novels Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2 and the Locus Award-winning The Fireman.

Gabriel Rodriguez is the illustrator of Locke and Key. He also won an Eisner Award for Little Nemo in Slumberland and recently launched his own original series, Sword of Ages.

This panel is moderated by Maán Jalal.

Language: English

Locke & Key: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

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Event 35 A Hero's World: Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zaid Adham, Yasser Alireza

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

Batman and Gotham, Ms Marvel and New Jersey, Black Panther and Wakanda – a big part of what defines a hero is the world they defend. Our panel of comics creators journey into the moody cities, ancient deserts and distant worlds of the heroes whose stories they tell in word and picture.

Zaid Adham and Yasser Alireza are the co-creators of Wayl, the story of a man who returns to his home city of Amman, Jordan only to find it in the grip of crime and corruption.

Nnedi Okorafor is writing Antar the Black Knight, a new comics series about pre-Islamic African-Arab legend Antar bin Shaddad; she also recently brought Black Panther and Venom to Lagos for Marvel Comics.

Gabriel Rodriguez is known for the creepy Keyhouse of Locke and Key; he is now working on the genre-bending Arthurian epic Sword of Ages.

This panel is moderated by Mohammed N Al Khan.

Language: English

A Hero's World: Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zaid Adham, Yasser Alireza

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Event 814 How to Write Fantasy Fiction: Workshop with Gillian Redfearn

Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm-4.30pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

From The Lord of the Rings to The Kingkiller Chronicles – what makes a fantasy novel truly epic?

In this hands-on workshop, Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director at Gollancz, will guide participants through three key areas of fantasy writing: world building, character and plot.

With a combination of lecture and Q&A, this is a rare chance to learn from the woman who has kickstarted the careers of many world-famous authors.

The tutor: Gillian Redfearn is Publishing Director at Gollancz, one of the world’s most highly regarded publishers of speculative fiction. She has signed many of the top fantasy authors writing today, including international bestsellers, Joe Abercrombie and Patrick Rothfuss.

Language: English

How to Write Fantasy Fiction: Workshop with Gillian Redfearn

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Event 57 Wonder Women: Nnedi Okorafor, Rhianna Pratchett, James Dashner

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

Whether relegated to love interest or stuck in the archetype of ‘strong female character’, women in science fiction and fantasy stories haven’t always benefitted from the fantastic worlds they inhabit.

Our panel discuss the women they write and where fantasy and real-world prejudices meet.

James Dashner’s Maze Runner books tackle the distrust facing a woman thrown into an all-male environment, while his Mortality Doctrine books have been praised for their cast of badass female coders.

Nnedi Okorafor’s books place brave and unpredictable women at the centre of the story – including Binti, who calls on her intelligence and cultural heritage to make peace with a dangerous alien species.

Rhianna Pratchett reinvented Lara Croft for a new generation – creating an inexperienced but wilful tomb raider who relies on intelligence, tenacity and resourcefulness.

This panel is moderated by Taghred Chandab.

Language: English

Wonder Women: Nnedi Okorafor, Rhianna Pratchett, James Dashner

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Event 55 The Horror, The Horror: Joe Hill & Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Horror stories have enthralled readers for centuries: from the penny dreadful to Pennywise to post-millennial zombies, stories that reach into our nightmares can be equally chilling and thrilling. Our panel of horror writers considers what makes us feel fear and why we read books that make us scared to turn out the light!

Joe Hill is the winner of the Locus Award for The Fireman. He is also author of novels Heart Shaped Box, NOS4A2 and Horns, adapted as a cult film starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is author of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir crime series and has also written numerous horror novels, including The Undesired and Silence of the Sea, as well as the creepy new Children’s House series.

This panel is moderated by Christopher Bradley.

Language: English

The Horror, The Horror: Joe Hill & Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

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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 77 Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Andy Weir
Andy Weir shot to fame with The Martian, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong. Fans adored the humorous and scientifically plausible story, which won Weir the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and was adapted as a hugely successful film starring Matt Damon.

In this live video link session from his home in the US, Weir will reveal all about his Martian adventure and his new novel Artemis, in which smuggler Jazz Bashara gets caught up in a conspiracy in the first city on the moon.

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Andy will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

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Event 81 SF Said: Phoenix

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: SF Said
SF Said achieved international acclaim with Varjak Paw, the award-winning story of a Mesopotamian Blue cat who has to save his friends from a terrible fate. His new book Phoenix is the story of a boy who dreams the stars are singing to him and awakes to find he has amazing new powers that take him away from his home planet on an epic quest into deep space!

A British author born in Beirut, SF Said’s books celebrate adventure, identity and the power of stories themselves – this tour of the worlds of Varjak and Phoenix is a must for children, parents and anyone who enjoys a thrilling adventure.

SF Said will be in conversation with Rehan Khan.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

SF Said: Phoenix

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Event 88 Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl to Iron Man (Live Video Link)

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

Authors: Eoin Colfer
The creator of 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl joins us live via video link from Ireland for an adventure-fuelled and laughter-packed session.

Come hear about Eoin Colfer’s electrifying new take on Tony Stark in YA Iron Man novel The Gauntlet; travel time and dodge assassins in his WARP adventure series; and follow one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe in his powerful new graphic novel, Illegal. There may even be some stories about the upcoming Artemis movie!

Don’t miss this former Irish Children’s Laureate in action.

Eoin will be in conversation with Ciaran Kelly.

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl to Iron Man (Live Video Link)

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Event 97 Linda Davies: Ark Storm

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Linda Davies
Would you bet on the apocalypse?

In Linda Davies’ techno-thriller Ark Storm, the scientist Gwen Boudain researches deadly storms, while shadowy figures place bets on disasters and plot to weaponise the weather.

Even in the short time since Ark Storm was published, we have seen an increase in extreme weather events. And Linda’s financial thrillers have been similarly prescient, exposing the high-stakes games of the powerful.

In this in-depth conversation, Linda discusses the risks and rewards of writing near-future fiction.

Linda will be in conversation with Natalie Long.

Language: English

Linda Davies: Ark Storm

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Event 82 Charlie Higson: The End

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

Author of the Young Bond series, Charlie Higson is used to white-knuckle action.

But what would you do if a devastating disease turned all the adults into flesh-eating zombies? The End is near for the action-packed Enemy series, where teens fight for survival amid unimaginable horrors.

The surviving children prepare for the final battle with St George and his zombie army, but if they are to have any chance of winning, they will have to put aside their differences and work together – fast!

Find out who lives, who dies, and what Charlie plans to do after The End!

Language: English

Age Group: 12+

Charlie Higson: The End

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Event 98 Arab Sci-Fi Strikes Back: Noura Al Noman, Ahmed Saadawi, SF Said

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

The earliest roots of science fiction can be found in the Arab World, most famously in several stories from the Arabian Nights, where robots and time travel mix with other sci-fi staples. Now, a new generation of writers is exploring the fantastic and terrifying potential of the genre.

Noura Al Noman is a pioneer in a new generation of Arab science fiction authors; her young adult Ajwan trilogy has brought her international fame.

Ahmed Saadawi is the author of the IPAF-winning Frankenstein in Baghdad, a profound and devastating update of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel set in American-occupied Baghdad.

SF Said is the author of the award-winning Varjak Paw series and epic science fiction adventure Phoenix; he has also written extensively on children’s literature and the powerful effects of reading fiction.

This panel is moderated by Ibrahim Ustadi.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Arab Sci-Fi Strikes Back: Noura Al Noman, Ahmed Saadawi, SF Said

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Event 148 Linda Davies: Longbow Girl

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

Authors: Linda Davies
When Merry Owen discovers an ancient Welsh text, she is transported back in time to the reign of Henry VIII. Merry is an expert archer and rider, but will her skills be enough to survive this dangerous era?

Linda Davies’ first books for children were the Djinn fantasy series, which drew on the folklore of the UAE and mysticism of the desert. In her new YA timeslip novel Longbow Girl – winner of the 2016 Mal Peet Award – she puts the same skills to use to vividly recreate the unpredictable and magical world of Tudor England and Wales.

Linda will be in conversation with Shen Husain.

Language: English

Age Group: 11+

Linda Davies: Longbow Girl

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