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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 46 Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton

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

Authors: Alex Wheatle
Mo has to survive a difficult home, the dangerous South Crong streets – and when things get really bad, her own urge for revenge…

Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian Children’s Prize, had a challenging childhood in the UK care system, and has gone on to become a celebrated writer, active in promoting diverse voices in literature. His Crongton series – Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights and the latest book Straight Outta Crongton – tells the story of teenagers growing up in a fictional tough London estate. Streetwise humour and tenderness shine through as the characters struggle to hold on to their dreams.

Alex will be in conversation with Robert Mitchell.

Language: English

Age Group: 15+

Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton

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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 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 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 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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