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Event 801 Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Katy Hudson
Meet Rabbit, Tortoise and Bird in a creative workshop for little ones with bestselling author and illustrator, Katy Hudson.

Gather round for a reading of Too Many Carrots, the story of Rabbit, whose carrot-hoarding leads to trouble for his well-meaning friends! Then roll up your sleeves to create your own rabbit- and carrot-themed crafts to take home.

The tutor: Katy Hudson is a widely-praised bestselling author whose instant classic Too Many Carrots was described as ‘simultaneously sassy and sweet’ by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of The Runaway Egg, Bear and Duck and more.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 4-8

Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson

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Event 842 Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees

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

Happy, excited, or stomping mad ... learn how to draw expressive characters with illustrator Guy Parker-Rees!

In this hands-on workshop Guy will teach the art of using facial expressions to show what characters are thinking and feeling. In a fun-packed live draw, he will go through the tricks to create funny faces galore, and then it’s your turn to draw and paint your own expressive characters in a simple story.

The tutor: Guy Parker-Rees is an illustrator and author of children’s books, including the beloved Giraffes Can’t Dance with Giles Andreae. He is also the creator of Dylan, the excitable stripy dog with a big imagination.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

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Language: English

Age Group: 6-10

Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees

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Event 843 Spoken Word Slam!: Workshop with Harry Baker

Friday 2 March, 1.30pm-3pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Harry Baker
Learn the fast-talking, tongue-twisting art of slam poetry from Poetry Slam Weltmeister Harry Baker!

This spoken word performance workshop is designed to inspire and encourage you to create your own performance piece, and to draw on your own personal experiences as material for your work. Fun, interactive and confidence-boosting, this workshop is suited to teenage poets of any level of experience.

The tutor: Harry Baker is a world champion slam poet, occasional rap-battler and author of The Sunshine Kid, his debut collection. His performances have delighted audiences in acclaimed TED talks and sold-out Edinburgh Fringe shows.

Language: English

Age Group: 13-18

Spoken Word Slam!: Workshop with Harry Baker

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Event 844 Spot and the Little Boy: Workshop with Rym Ghazal

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

In a magical tale of friendship, an orphaned child meets an orphaned kitten and his life is changed forever.

Based on a real refugee boy’s story, Spot and the Little Boy is a tale of kindness that will take children on a journey of imagination. In this bilingual workshop, author Rym Ghazal will lead storytelling and craft activities to bring Spot to life.

The tutor: Rym Ghazal is an award-winning writer, journalist, peace ambassador and more. A member of the Hunna literary group, she is the author of the picture book Spot and the Little Boy as well as Maskoon, a novel based on a haunted palace in the UAE. Profits from Spot and the Little Boy are donated towards helping orphans.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 6-10

Spot and the Little Boy: Workshop with Rym Ghazal

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Event 810 Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

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

Authors: Elissa Elwick
A disco-dancing meerkat? A sweet-eating dinosaur? Create a character and let them run wild in your own mini-comic!

Join illustrator and author Elissa Elwick for an interactive illustration workshop. Young children will be guided to create their own character, and then draw a short comic of their own to take home.

The tutor: Elissa Elwick is a freelance children’s illustrator based out of London’s Fleece Station Studio. She is the co-creator with Philip Ardagh of the Little Adventurers picture books Leafy the Pet Leaf and What Bear? Where? and is the illustrator of the brand new Stick & Fetch series, again with Ardagh, published just in time for the Festival!

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Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

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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 847 Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard

Saturday 3 March, 12.30pm-2pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: MG Leonard
Get your imagination crawling with some insect inspiration!

In this creative writing workshop MG Leonard will teach you how to use beautiful beetle postcards as writing prompts. From there, she will take you on a journey of the imagination to build your own beetle-ful story.

The tutor: MG Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling author who is fascinated by creepy crawlies. Her trilogy Beetle Boy, The Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles stars a group of children whose battle against evil is aided by beetles and their real-life superpowers.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 9-11

Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard

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Event 848 Map My Story: Writing Workshop with Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm-4pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an expert in magical island adventures – and this time, she wants to take you with her. Join Kiran for a unique creative writing workshop that focuses on mapmaking as a method of storytelling. This hands-on, interactive session will get you creating your own fictional island, complete with jungles, volcanoes, lagoons – whatever you choose! Then, you’ll write a brand new adventure set there….

The tutor: Kiran Millwood Hargrave is author of the bestselling The Girl of Ink & Stars and The Island at the End of Everything, and winner of Best Children’s Book at the British Book Awards 2017 and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

Map My Story: Writing Workshop with Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Event 815 Make Your Own Book Tote: Craft Workshop with Yara Bamieh

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Yara Bamieh
Bookworms need book bags, and illustrator Yara Bamieh is here to help.

Join this crafty workshop for step-by-step fun to create your very own, personalised tote bag. Yara will help you design a character or pattern to suit your personality – so just bring your ideas and get ready to draw and colour and learn the techniques. Then walk out in style with your new bag!

The tutor: Yara Bamieh is a talented architect and illustrator. She has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including Bolqosh, which won the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature 2016.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 14-18

Make Your Own Book Tote: Craft Workshop with Yara Bamieh

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Event 850 How to Start Your Comic: Workshop with Gabriel Rodriguez

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

Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Gabriel Rodriguez is one of the most exciting comic book creators around, known for his stunning illustrations in Locke & Key, Little Nemo, Superman and more.

In this workshop, he teaches the secrets of making a comic book page, from conception to finished illustrations, before leading the class in a short creative exercise to put together their very own comic page.

The tutor: Known for his epic collaboration with Joe Hill in Locke and Key, Gabriel Rodriguez is a major figure in comic book art. His other credits include Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, for which he won an Eisner Award, and his new creator-owned series Sword of Ages.

All materials provided. If you prefer to work on a laptop or tablet you are welcome to bring one.

Language: English

Age Group: 12-18

How to Start Your Comic: Workshop with Gabriel Rodriguez

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Event 825 Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Do you have a passion for pandas or a love for lemurs? If you really like animals, you’re ready to write an animal story!

Tom Moorhouse’s knowledge of water voles and their riverbank friends helped him write his own popular books. In this workshop he will teach children to use what they know about their favourite animal to write a brand new adventure story.

The tutor: Dr Tom Moorhouse is an ecologist at Oxford University’s Zoology Department. He has used his animal knowledge in The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster, and is now continuing the story of The Wind in the Willows in The New Adventures of Mr Toad.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-11

Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

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Event 851 How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Korky Paul
Would you love to draw perfect dino pictures?

Korky Paul’s mischievous, loveable but highly dangerous dinosaurs are unforgettable, whether they’re terrifying curious children or antagonising Winnie and Wilbur.

In this fun workshop, Korky will read and act from his books and give a quick drawing lesson – then you’ll be let loose to draw your own prehistoric monstrosity!

The tutor: Korky Paul is the illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including the Winnie the Witch series, and is known only to himself as ’The World’s Greatest Portrait Artist and Dinosaur Drawer’.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-11

How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

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Event 827 How to Draw a Monster!: Workshop with Tony Ross

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

Authors: Tony Ross
Get monstrous with amazing illustrator Tony Ross!

Learn to draw fearsome clawed creatures, festooned with fangs and heaving with horrible hair! With Tony’s help, you’ll make the best awful monster to let loose in your stories.

The tutor: Tony Ross is one of the most popular illustrators working today. Famous as the illustrator of Horrid Henry, he also works extensively with David Walliams, illustrating Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang and more, and is the creator of the beloved Little Princess books.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

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Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

How to Draw a Monster!: Workshop with Tony Ross

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Event 853 Short Story Lab: Writing Workshop with Andrey Kurkov

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Andrey Kurkov
The short story format is loved by many of our favourite authors, and is a great place to start for budding writers. Novelist Andrey Kurkov brings the skill and humour of his writing style to life in this fantastic workshop for teens. Learn how to craft your own short story and how to develop characters that are believable and memorable.

Andrey Kurkov is a Ukrainian author of 20 novels, including Death and the Penguin and The Bickford Fuse, and 9 books for children including The Adventures of Baby Vacuum Cleaner Gosha and Why No One Pets The Hedgehog? Kurkov is currently Vice President of the Ukrainian PEN Center and Head of Editorial at Culture and Life newspaper.

Language: English

Age Group: 13-18

Short Story Lab: Writing Workshop with Andrey Kurkov

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Event 829 Let's Go to Alzika World!: Writing Workshop with Taghreed Aref Najjar

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Zikazam and Zikazoom are from the Zika Planet and have come to Earth for their first training mission. Can you imagine what they look like, how they behave and the adventures that they’ll have?

Join award-winning author Taghreed Al Najjar to listen to the aliens’ story and write your own space adventure in a workshop that includes reading, writing and artwork to create unforgettable characters.

The tutor: Taghreed Al Najjar is a Jordanian author who has written more than 50 books for children, many of which have won prizes and been translated into other languages. Dedicated to childhood reading, she is the founder of Al Salwa Publishing House, which publishes fun Arabic books for children.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 7-10

Let's Go to Alzika World!: Writing Workshop with Taghreed Aref Najjar

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Event 854 The X-Factor: Writing Workshop with Ali Sparkes

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Ali Sparkes
Do your story ideas have the ‘x-factor’?

Author Ali Sparkes is here to help you find out in this fun workshop!

Children taking part will be put into groups and will have 20 minutes to come up with an exciting blurb, title and first line of a story. Together, they will share their favourite ideas to see which ones would make superstar stories!

The tutor: Ali Sparkes is renowned for her entertaining presentations and is the author of the Shapeshifter series as well as Thunderstruck, Car-Jacked, Sleepless and more. Her novel Frozen in Time won the 2010 Blue Peter Prize for Book of the Year.

Language: English

Age Group: 10-14

The X-Factor: Writing Workshop with Ali Sparkes

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Event 833 The Hounds of Penhallow Hall: Writing Workshop with Holly Webb

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Holly Webb
Join bestselling author Holly Webb for a fun story-writing workshop based on her new series, The Hounds of Penhallow Hall, featuring 10-year-old Polly and Rex, the magical wolfhound statue who comes alive to take her on amazing adventures.

Holly will introduce the ideas behind the series, and then help participants create their own enchanted story!

The tutor: Holly Webb is a former children’s book editor and the author of more than 100 books including the Animal Stories series, My Naughty Little Puppy, The Storm Dog and more. The Hounds of Penhallow Hall is her new mystery series for young readers.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-10

The Hounds of Penhallow Hall: Writing Workshop with Holly Webb

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Event 834 Bottles of the Sun: Writing Workshop with Sahar Naja Mahfouz

Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

If you could bottle sunlight, what would you do with it?

The heroine of Bottles of the Sun decides to help refugees stuck in a freezing cold camp. She gathers sunlight in bottles and brings it to the children along with hot bread.

In this workshop, Sahar Naja Mahfouz reads the story to participants before helping the class prepare their own messages in bottles, and then draw a child who can be the hero of their next story.

The tutor: Sahar Naja Mahfouz is a children’s author who is passionate about child development. She is also the author of Spot and the Little Boy, Round & Round, and many more, and is one of the writers for Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic Sesame Street.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 6-9

Bottles of the Sun: Writing Workshop with Sahar Naja Mahfouz

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Event 831 Freestyle Your Film: Workshop with Muzna Al Musafer

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Learn how to create short movies on your phone with filmmaker Muzna Al Musafer!

Muzna will teach you how to produce high-quality films using nothing more than a mobile device, an app and your imagination. Turn the world around you into your personalised story without the need for lighting, cameras and other equipment.

The tutor: Muzna Al Musafer is a self-made Omani filmmaker whose first film Niqab won the student competition at the Gulf Film Festival. Her breakthrough second film, Cholo, won Best Script at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, premiered at Dubai Film Festival and was screened at the New York African Film Festival.

Participants in the class should download the full or trial versions of FiLMiC Pro to their device before the workshop begins. Other materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 15-21

Freestyle Your Film: Workshop with Muzna Al Musafer

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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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