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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 143 Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle

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

The language in Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights ‘sings from the page’ according to fellow author David Almond, one of the judges who awarded the book the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

What makes language sing? Wheatle is joined by his friend Lemn Sissay, the acclaimed poet whose words sing whether on page, spoken out loud or painted on buildings as one of his famous landmark poems. Together they discuss the power of words to inspire and provoke.

Lemn Sissay’s poetry is famous for delivering truth with a surprising turn of phrase, and his performances of his work leave audiences awestruck.

Alex Wheatle is the author of the Crongton trilogy, set in a fictional estate that’s brought to life by its own characteristic vernacular.

This panel will be moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle

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Event 10 When Poet Met Pilot: Literary Friendships

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

Poet Kirun Kapur and pilot Mark Vanhoenacker grew up in opposite corners of America. Since they met in college, they’ve rarely lived in the same place, or even on the same continent. Drawing on a long line of literary pairings (Emerson and Thoreau, Bishop and Lowell, Baldwin and Morrison) Kapur and Vanhoenacker will explore how writing – arguably a solitary undertaking – can be elevated by creative friendships, and why geography (almost) never matters now.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. She has taught at Amherst College and Boston University and serves as Poetry Editor at The Drum Literary Magazine.

Mark Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways and a regular contributor to the New York Times. His first book, Skyfaring, was an international bestseller.

This panel is moderated by Najwa Yassir.

Language: English

When Poet Met Pilot: Literary Friendships

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Event 16 Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Poetry as you have never heard it before!

Roger McGough, the ‘Patron Saint of Poetry’ whose dry wit has inspired generations of poetry lovers, joins forces with LiTTLe MACHiNe, the inventive trio of poets and folk-rock musicians Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell and Chris Hardy, whose shows at festivals around the world have been described as ‘must-see’ events. Their selection of classic and modern poems set to music is guaranteed to surprise and entertain!

This session is held in loving memory of Sir Maurice Flanagan, the businessman, poet, and patron of the arts without whom the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature would never have happened.

Language: English

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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Event 26 Poeticians with a PUNCH 3

Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm   Zaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel

A Festival favourite returns as the UAE-based poetry groups Poeticians and PUNCH Poetry reunite for an evening of readings from some of Dubai’s finest local talent.

Curated by Zeina Hashem Beck and Hind Shoufani, the lineup of cutting edge poets will perform against the backdrop of Dubai Creek on the terrace at Zaytoun Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

Full lineup to be announced.

Language: English

Poeticians with a PUNCH 3

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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 41 Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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

Have a slice of Poetry Pie with Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe!

Roger McGough’s poems for children are full of witty wordplay and clever rhymes, and when he teams up with stars of musical poetry LiTTLe MACHiNe the poems come to life! From food and animals to school and ghouls, these rib-tickler rhymes will leave you thinking long after … and humming too!

A morning of fun and laughter to be savoured.

Taaleem Prize winners will be given free tickets to this session.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Age Group: 6+

Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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Event 50 Poetry Mix: Memories

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

Poetry Mix brings together an international cast of poetry stars for an introduction to their work. Expect a wide variety of styles from this talented lineup.

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

Harry Baker is the youngest ever World Poetry Slam champion; his poems combine maths and science with tongue-twisting wordplay and unexpected emotional power.

Chris Hardy is a prize winning poet who often performs as part of the band LiTTLe MACHiNe; in this session he will read from his new collection Sunshine at the End of the World.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize in Poetry as well as the Antivenom Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist.

Lemn Sissay is one of Britain’s best known poets, famous for jaw-dropping performances. Gold from the Stone is a collection of new and favourite poems.

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist whose poems have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize and been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize.

Language: English

Poetry Mix: Memories

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Event 144 For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

Tuesday 6 March, 8pm-10pm   Dubai Opera, Dubai Opera

Prepare to be awed by the spoken word as the finest contemporary poets from the UAE and UK unite on stage at Dubai Opera in this celebration of the power of poetry to bring people together across cultures.

Presented by The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai Opera, the Ministry of Tolerance, and The British Council, with the support of the UK GREAT campaign, ‘For the Love of Words’ aims to explore the possibilities presented by cultural exchange between the two countries.

The event, which will form part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration closing celebrations, will include the following all-star line-up:

John Agard, Khalid AlBudoor, Nujoom Nasser Alghanem, Simon Armitage, Afra Atiq, Harry Baker, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Lemn Sissay, Hussain Lootah

Tickets for this session are sold through Dubai Opera’s website, starting at AED75. Click here to buy tickets.

For group bookings of 11 or more tickets, please contact the Dubai Opera box office by emailing boxoffice@dubaiopera.com

Language: English, Arabic

For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

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Event 83 Poetry of the Gulf: A Celebration

Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

In an exciting showcase of poetry of the Arabian Gulf, celebrated poets from Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE come together for a one-time performance – showing why the spoken word holds such a central place in Khaleeji culture.

Mohammed Al Mubarak is a Bahraini poet and a Former Member of Board of Directors of the Association of Nabati Poetry. He represented Bahrain in the third season of Million’s Poet.

Khamis Matar Alketbi is an Emirati poet honoured by HH Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nahyan in 2017 as “best young poet in his generation.”

Maryam Mahyoh is an Emirati poet whose accomplishments include performing in the National Day celebrations in Zayed Military City, and winning first place in the poetry competition of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding.

Khaled Al Mwayhan is a Kuwaiti poet, Director of Poetry Media Center and an organiser of poetry festivals throughout the region.

Hosted by Fahad Al Mamari.

Language: Arabic

Poetry of the Gulf: A Celebration

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Event 117 Expat, Migrant, Refugee: Chaker Khazaal, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

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

Living abroad can be a second chance – but not everyone moves by choice. Three young artists who have experienced displacement first-hand discuss how their music, poetry and novel-writing have become powerful platforms for refugee advocacy.

Chaker Khazaal grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon before immigrating to Canada. The author of the Confessions of a War Child trilogy, he also manages a programme that offers refugees and migrants contractual remote employment.

Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud was born in war-torn Darfur and has moved on to become a Yale scholar. A World Poetry Slam champion, she is also a High Profile Supporter and advocate for UNHCR.

Mariela Shaker is an accomplished Syrian violinist now resident in the US. She uses her music to build bridges and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people.

This panel is moderated by Hazem Ibrahim.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Expat, Migrant, Refugee: Chaker Khazaal, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

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Event 80 How to Do Good: Muna Al Gurg, Frédéric Kanouté, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How to Do Good is a book of extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders, celebrities and philanthropists who are driving positive change.

We are joined by four supporters of the movement for a session of inspirational performance and discussion. The session will be introduced by project founder, Leonard Stall, who has kindly donated a copy of the book to every ticket buyer at the session.

Muna Al Gurg is a businesswoman and philanthropist. She is chairwoman of Young Arab Leaders UAE, a board member of the Al Gurg Foundation and a founding board member of Hub Dubai and Endeavour UAE.

Frédéric Kanouté is a former professional footballer who runs his own foundation tackling poverty in Africa and Asia.

Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud is the World Poetry Slam Champion and UNHCR High Profile Supporter, who uses her talent to raise awareness of the violence in Darfur and the wider refugee cause.

Mariela Shaker is a violinist and White House Champion of Change who uses her music to build bridges and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people.

Moderated by journalist Gavin Esler.

Language: English with Arabic translation

How to Do Good: Muna Al Gurg, Frédéric Kanouté, Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud, Mariela Shaker

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