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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 809 The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham

Friday 2 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Majlis, InterContinental

How do you write the perfect crime? Bestselling author Mark Billingham is a master of suspense, and in this class he’ll lift the lid on the secrets of creating a twisty, page-turning mystery. The masterclass begins with a lecture on the ‘rules’ of crime writing – and everything you need to know about ignoring them! – before opening up the discussion in an in-depth Q&A.

The tutor: Mark Billingham is a two-time winner of the Crime Novel of the Year award for his acclaimed series starring DI Tom Thorne. The latest Thorne novel is Love Like Blood, while his latest standalone is Die of Shame.

Language: English

The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham

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Event 802 Quick Pitch 1: with agent Luigi Bonomi

Friday 2 March, 12pm-2pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi
Are you ready to pitch your novel? You have five minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi will use his vast experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as eight Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and what it takes to get that coveted publishing deal.

Come prepared with your best pitch!

The festival will contact you by the end of February with the exact time of your slot.

Language: English

Quick Pitch 1: with agent Luigi Bonomi

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Event 803 Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Eric Broug
Would you love to be an artist, designer or architect when you grow up?

Eric Broug, an expert in Islamic geometric design, is here to teach you the secrets of this amazing art form found throughout the Islamic world.

Using templates, he’ll take you through a step-by-step approach to create your own intricate patterns!

The tutor: Eric Broug is a designer specialising in Islamic geometric design. He studied Islamic design at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London and has made a career of his passion. In 2014 he founded the UK-Based School of Islamic Geometric Design.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 10-14

Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug

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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.

All materials provided.

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 804 Reading for Therapy: Masterclass with Gamze Hakli Geray

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Storytelling, creative writing, and reading have long been recognized for their therapeutic potential. The use of literature as a healing method dates back to ancient Greece, when Grecian libraries were seen as important places with curative powers.

In this masterclass Gamze Hakli Geray will lead the group in reading and analyzing different passages of texts and examples of poetry that can help us to support our mental health and wellbeing.

The tutor: Gamze Geray is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor with nearly 23 years of business, management and consultancy experience in different industries, specialising in Talent Management, Learning and Development and Organizational Development.

Language: English

Reading for Therapy: Masterclass with Gamze Hakli Geray

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Event 805 Writing a Bestseller: Masterclass with Richard & Judy

Friday 2 March, 3.30pm-5pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

What makes a book fly off the shelves?

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, best known as TV duo and book club champions Richard & Judy, are renowned for spotting modern classics.

They are also bestselling authors in their own right, and in this masterclass they will share their experiences of setting out as first-time authors, tips on how to write well, and what they look for in a bestseller.

The tutors:

Judy Finnigan is the author of two Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers, Eloise and I Do Not Sleep, both set in her beloved Cornwall.

Richard Madeley is the author of the bestselling novels Some Day I’ll Find You, The Way You Look Tonight and The Night Book.

Language: English

Writing a Bestseller: Masterclass with Richard & Judy

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Event 806 Caricature Creations: Workshop with Walid Taher

Friday 2 March, 4pm-6pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Walid Taher
Join this creative and fun hands-on workshop for adults and learn how to draw caricatures and cartoons. Taught by Etisalat Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Walid Taher, this workshop teaches the key techniques for drawing a caricature, to capture the appearance and essence of the subject. Suitable for beginner or advanced artists, you will learn to define your style and create drawings for books, social media, personal projects – or just for fun!

The tutor: Walid Taher is a well-known cartoonist, caricaturist and children’s author and illustrator. He has illustrated a number of children’s book, including Seven Souls and Kamal & Shukri, and published three collections of his adult work: A Bit of Air, Free and The Country.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Caricature Creations: Workshop with Walid Taher

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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 807 Give Us a Clue: Writing Workshop with Greg Mosse

Friday 2 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Greg Mosse
What is a clue? It’s something your reader didn't notice but, later on, it turned out to be significant. Or it's something your reader noticed, but didn't realise was significant. Or it's something they misinterpreted and only figured out later…

Laying and revealing clues can be pivotal to your plot. This collaborative workshop with writer Greg Mosse will practise building intrigue by laying clever clues for your characters to interpret.

The tutor: Greg Mosse is a highly regarded creative writing teacher, writer and editor with more than 20 years of professional experience. He curates and teaches at the Southbank Centre Creative Writing School and works in story development and consults for stage and screen.

Language: English

Give Us a Clue: Writing Workshop with Greg Mosse

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Event 845 The First Page: Masterclass with Luigi Bonomi

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi
First impressions matter. Most agents and publishers will judge your manuscript on the very first page; if that doesn’t grab them, then they will quickly move on to the next submission. This masterclass will look at first pages of debut novels that have caught or lost agents’ attentions and analyse what really works.

The tutor: Luigi Bonomi is an award-winning literary agent and founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates. He represents major authors including Alan Titchmarsh, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. He runs the Montegrappa Writing Prize, which to date has led to eight UAE-based writers getting their first publishing deal.

Language: English

The First Page: Masterclass with Luigi Bonomi

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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!

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

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Event 841 Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur

Saturday 3 March, 10am-12pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Kirun Kapur
Family memories, members and events can provide rich material for poets. Award-winning poet Kirun Kapur will teach you how to use your family’s history as inspiration for your poems, using examples from contemporary poets and from Kirun’s collection Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. You will then have the chance to work on your own poetry, with Kirun’s guidance.

No previous writing experience is required, but in-progress works are welcome at the session.

The tutor: Kirun Kapur is the poetry editor of The Drum audio literary magazine. Her first collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist, won the Antivenom Poetry Award. In 2015, NBC News named her on its list of Asian-American Poets to Watch.

Language: English

Age Group: 16+

Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur

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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 812 Quick Pitch 2: with agent Luigi Bonomi

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-2pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi
Are you ready to pitch your novel? You have five minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi will use his vast experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as eight Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and what it takes to get that coveted publishing deal.

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The festival will contact you by the end of February with the exact time of your slot.

Language: English

Quick Pitch 2: with agent Luigi Bonomi

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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 813 Fun with Waseem: Story, Art & Drama Workshop with Samar Mahfouz Barraj

Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Bring a story to life in a workshop that combines storytelling, singing, acting and art!

Samar Mahfouz Barraj reads from her books and invites children to join in with the story through singing and acting, and to develop their imaginations with drawing, colouring and making their own Waseem puppet.

An active and entertaining hour of fun!

The tutor: Samar Mahfouz Barraj is a Lebanese author and translator. She has written 60 books to date, including the Waseem series, The Little Cloud, Me and the Soap and more. 

Her books have been shortlisted for many awards, winning four major prizes for When My Friend Got Sick, My Grandmother Will Always Remember Me, Red Line and My Friend.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 4-6

Fun with Waseem: Story, Art & Drama Workshop with Samar Mahfouz Barraj

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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 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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