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Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

Event 24 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.

Language: Arabic

Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II

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Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

Event 25 Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Celebrated Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, twice shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, joins us to talk about his critically acclaimed writing and his love for his home city, Aleppo. His novels No Knives in the Kitchens of this City and In Praise of Hatred – both also published in English to widespread praise – portray the life of the city and its people over the period of history from the first world war to 2003 – a time of great social and cultural change.

Make sure to catch this important conversation for an author’s insight into the real Aleppo.

Language: Arabic

Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart

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Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

Event 42 Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a button, what’s a diplomat to do?

Two inspiring young diplomats who came of age in the digital era speak frankly about the state of international relations and how to make sure that technology is used responsibly by those with power.

Thomas Fletcher served as British Ambassador to Lebanon from 2011-2015 and is currently Visiting Professor of International Relations at NYUAD. He is the author of The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age.

Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to France and a leading thinker on moderate Islam and the future of the Arab World. His book Letters to a Young Muslim was published in 2017 to international acclaim.

Language: English

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

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For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

Event 144 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 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

Tickets for this session are sold through Dubai Opera’s website, starting at AED75. Language: English, Arabic

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Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

Event 99 Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Mohammed Hasan Alwan won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for A Small Death, a historical fiction novel about the great Sufi scholar Ibn Arabi.

Following Ibn Arabi on his extensive travels through the 12th Century Islamic world, A Small Death examines the evolution of one of the best known Arab scholars of all time against the backdrop of a colourful but tumultuous period of history, full of details of the traditions of the cities he visited and the insights this gave him into the human soul.

In this session Alwan will discuss this powerful book and what he learned while writing it.

Language: Arabic

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