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Lion: Screening and Talk with Saroo Brierley

Event 67 Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm-10pm Novo Cinemas, Dubai Festival City

When Saroo Brierley was just five years old, he got lost after boarding a train without his family and ended up living alone on the streets of Calcutta, far from a hometown he couldn’t name. Years later, living in Australia, he began a search that would change his life.

The book A Long Way Home is the story of that search and his reunion with his birth mother. A bestseller in Australia, the book gained global fame when it was adapted as the BAFTA-winning film Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

This screening, held in partnership with Dubai International Film Festival, is preceded by a talk by Saroo on the story behind the film and the new book he is currently writing – a ‘prequel’ about his adoptive and birth mothers in Australia and India.

Language: English

Lion: Screening and Talk with Saroo Brierley

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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

Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

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Cheryl Strayed: Wild

Event 96 Friday 9 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Cheryl Strayed’s life fell apart when she was 22. With nothing to lose, she packed an oversized backpack she called Monster and set off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail – 1000 miles of the American West’s extraordinary wilderness, from deserts to snow-capped mountains.

Her battle with the physical challenges of the trail and the grief that haunted her led her to write the acclaimed memoir Wild, which became the focus of Oprah’s Book Club and was adapted as a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Join Cheryl as she relives that life-changing journey and shares the stories behind her other books, including the inspiring collection of quotes Brave Enough and her novel Torch.

Language: English

Cheryl Strayed: Wild

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My Stir-Fried Life: Dinner with Ken Hom

Event 103 Friday 9 March, 7.30pm-9pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Ken Hom
Ken Hom is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest authorities on Asian cooking. His wildly popular books have inspired millions of home cooks, and he paved the way for a generation of celebrity chefs.

His autobiography My Stir-Fried Life tells the inspirational story of his rise from childhood work in his uncle’s restaurant in Chicago to international stardom. It also features a number of his favourite recipes, which will be served in a delicious three course dinner after the talk.

Dress code: smart casual

Guests will be seated at tables of 8 to 10.

Language: English

My Stir-Fried Life: Dinner with Ken Hom

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Levison Wood: Hitchhiking the Silk Road

Event 137 Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Levison Wood
Bestselling author, explorer and photographer Levison Wood takes us on an epic journey across continents. In his new book Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking the Silk Road, he recounts his shoestring budget journey from England to India and the eccentric (and occasionally dangerous) characters he encountered on the way. And for his next book, he’ll be mounting his most complex expedition yet, travelling around the Arabian Peninsula.

The winner of the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book Of The Year Award, Wood is a gripping speaker who has stories of adventures on five continents and whose busy schedule encompasses everything from filmmaking to saving elephants.

Language: English

Levison Wood: Hitchhiking the Silk Road

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