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Al Ras 1, InterContinentalAl Ras 2, InterContinentalAl Ras 3, InterContinentalAl Baraha 1, InterContinentalAl Baraha 2, InterContinentalAl Baraha 3, InterContinentalAl Khayma, InterContinentalAl Majlis, InterContinentalAl Rimal, InterContinentalAl Waha, InterContinental
10:00  10:00-11:00
Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley
10:00-11:00
But First, Coffee: Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri, Gennaro Pellicia
10:00-11:00
Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club
10:00-11:00
Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance
10:00-11:00
Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns
  10:00-12:00
Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur
  10:00-11:00
Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick
10:15     
10:30     
10:45     
11:00    11:00-11:30
Costa Debate Prize Giving
           
11:15               
11:3011:30-12:00
Taaleem Poetry Award Prize Giving
               
11:45               
12:0012:00-13:00
Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe
  12:00-13:00
The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking
12:00-13:00
Katy Hudson: Tortoises, Rabbits and Runaway Eggs
12:00-13:00
Mark Kurlansky: Paging Through History
12:00-13:00
A Hero's World: Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zaid Adham, Yasser Alireza
12:00-13:00
Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone
  12:00-14:00
Quick Pitch 2: with agent Luigi Bonomi
12:00-13:30
Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat
12:15   
12:30  12:30-14:00
Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard
12:45 
13:00             
13:15             
13:30               
13:45               
14:00  14:00-15:00
Mark Billingham: Love Like Blood
14:00-15:00
Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher
14:00-15:00
Dinos in the Desert: Maitha Al Khayat & Elissa Elwick
14:00-15:00
Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton
14:00-15:00
Philip Ardagh: The Eddie Dickens Trilogy
14:00-15:00
Walid Taher: Seven Souls
    14:00-15:00
Fun with Waseem: Story, Art & Drama Workshop with Samar Mahfouz Barraj
14:15     
14:30  14:30-16:00
Map My Story: Writing Workshop with Kiran Millwood Hargrave
14:30-16:30
How to Write Fantasy Fiction: Workshop with Gillian Redfearn
14:45 
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15:15               
15:30               
15:45               
16:0016:00-17:00
Youssef Rakha: Tales from Cairo
16:00-17:00
The Montegrappa Writing Prize: Isobel Abulhoul, Luigi Bonomi, Jessica Jarlvi, Karen Osman
16:00-17:00
Eugene Rogan: The Fall of the Ottomans
16:00-17:00
Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Live Video Link)
16:00-17:30
Poetry Mix: Memories
16:00-17:00
MG Leonard: Beetle Boy
16:00-17:00
Emirati Historical Fiction: Nadia Al Najjar, Mohammed Al Hebsi, Salha Obaid
  16:00-17:30
Make Your Own Book Tote: Craft Workshop with Yara Bamieh
16:15 
16:30   
16:45   
17:00              17:00-19:00
Islamic Geometric Design: Workshop for Adults with Eric Broug
17:15             
17:30                 
17:45                 
18:0018:00-19:00
I Shall Be What I Want: Hawaa Mohamed Ahli & Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri
18:00-19:00
Wonder Women: Nnedi Okorafor, Rhianna Pratchett & Gillian Redfearn
18:00-19:00
Mo Gawdat: Solve for Happy
18:00-19:00
The World on a Plate: Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Mark Kurlansky
  18:00-19:00
Shashi Tharoor: Inglorious Empire
18:00-19:00
Spiritual Journeys: Eiman Al Zaabi & Karen Henson Jones
18:00-19:30
How to Start Your Comic: Workshop with Gabriel Rodriguez
18:00-19:30
Secrets of a Storyteller: Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith
18:15 
18:30 
18:45 
19:00               
19:15               
19:3019:30-20:30
Zaki Nusseibeh: Memories of Zayed
  19:30-20:30
Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West
      19:30-20:30
How to Eat Green: Melissa Hemsley, Mira Manek & Stephen Ritz
  19:30-20:30
The Horror, The Horror: Joe Hill & Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
 
19:45           
20:00  20:00-21:00
An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith
       
20:15         
20:30                 
20:45                 
21:00                   
Purple: Adults’ Events | Blue: Children’s Events | Green: Prize Giving Events | Yellow: Feature Events | Pink: Workshops & Masterclasses | Lilac: Film Screenings
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Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley
Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Philip Ardagh

Tove Jansson’s Moomins are beloved by children and adults worldwide. Lifelong Moomin fan Philip ...

But First, Coffee: Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri, Gennaro Pellicia
Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Start your day with a free cup of Costa coffee and a conversation to wake the senses!

Do you ...

Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club
Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan found fame as Britain’s foremost daytime TV duo, and have since ...

Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance
Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

… or can they? Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of beloved children’s books Giraffes Can’t Dance, Be ...

Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns
Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Alex Rider is back by popular demand in the new adrenalin-fuelled novel, Never Say Die.

Anthony...

Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur
Saturday 3 March, 10am-12pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 300

Authors: Kirun Kapur

Family memories, members and events can provide rich material for poets. Award-winning poet Kirun ...

Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick
Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 100

Authors: Elissa Elwick

A disco-dancing meerkat? A sweet-eating dinosaur? Create a character and let them run wild in your ...

Costa Debate Prize Giving
Saturday 3 March, 11am-11.30am, Al Ras 3, InterContinental

The winners of the Costa Debate competition will be announced immediately after the session “But ...

Taaleem Poetry Award Prize Giving
Saturday 3 March, 11.30am-12pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental

The Taaleem Poetry Award celebrates young poets. This year’s prize will be presented by ...

Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

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

Roger McGough’s poems for ...

The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Is a city built by its architects or the people who inhabit it?

Dubai is unusual in being a ...

Katy Hudson: Tortoises, Rabbits and Runaway Eggs
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Katy Hudson

Tortoise just wants to sleep through the winter, but his friends have other ideas…. Prepare to be ...

Mark Kurlansky: Paging Through History
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Mark Kurlansky is a master of explaining the world from the perspective of something seemingly ...

A Hero's World: Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zaid Adham, Yasser Alireza
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Batman and Gotham, Ms Marvel and New Jersey, Black Panther and Wakanda – a big part of what defines...

Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Hamad and Saeed are ready for an epic race, between Hamad’s camel … and Saeed’s drone! But who will...

Quick Pitch 2: with agent Luigi Bonomi
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-2pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

Are you ready to pitch your novel? You have five minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word...

Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat
Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1.30pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Grandma Moudhi is no ordinary grandmother – she’s an Emirati fashionista! And in this new tale she ...

Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard
Saturday 3 March, 12.30pm-2pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: MG Leonard

Get your imagination crawling with some insect inspiration!

In this creative writing workshop MG...

Mark Billingham: Love Like Blood
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Mark Billingham’s ability to tell the most twisted of crime stories through character-driven ...

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a ...

Dinos in the Desert: Maitha Al Khayat & Elissa Elwick
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Did you hear about the dinosaur who got the hump?

Author–lllustrators Maitha Al Khayat and ...

Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Alex Wheatle

Mo has to survive a difficult home, the dangerous South Crong streets – and when things get really ...

Philip Ardagh: The Eddie Dickens Trilogy
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Philip Ardagh

Enter the implausible world of Eddie Dickens, an average Victorian boy who has the misfortune to be...

Walid Taher: Seven Souls
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Walid Taher

Author and illustrator Walid Taher explores the surprisingly complex question we all ask sooner or ...

Fun with Waseem: Story, Art & Drama Workshop with Samar Mahfouz Barraj
Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 100

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

Samar ...

Map My Story: Writing Workshop with Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm-4pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an expert in magical island adventures – and this time, she wants to ...

How to Write Fantasy Fiction: Workshop with Gillian Redfearn
Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 300

From The Lord of the Rings to The Kingkiller Chronicles – what makes a fantasy novel truly epic? ...

Youssef Rakha: Tales from Cairo
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Youssef Rakha

Youssef Rakha writes about Cairo, its people and culture in a unique voice that combines humour, ...

The Montegrappa Writing Prize: Isobel Abulhoul, Luigi Bonomi, Jessica Jarlvi, Karen Osman
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Have you always wanted to be an author? It’s time to award the eagerly anticipated 2018 Montegrappa...

Eugene Rogan: The Fall of the Ottomans
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Eugene Rogan

One century on, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan brings the First World War and its immediate ...

Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Live Video Link)
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Judith Kerr

The Tiger has been coming to tea for 50 glorious years! Come and celebrate this incredible ...

Poetry Mix: Memories
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Poetry Mix brings together an international cast of poetry stars for an introduction to their work....

MG Leonard: Beetle Boy
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: MG Leonard

MG Leonard was terrified of insects … until she wrote her award-winning first novel Beetle Boy. She...

Emirati Historical Fiction: Nadia Al Najjar, Mohammed Al Hebsi, Salha Obaid
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

A vivid setting is vital in bringing the past alive. Our panel of Emirati writers discusses how ...

Make Your Own Book Tote: Craft Workshop with Yara Bamieh
Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: Yara Bamieh

Bookworms need book bags, and illustrator Yara Bamieh is here to help.

Join this crafty ...

Islamic Geometric Design: Workshop for Adults with Eric Broug
Saturday 3 March, 5pm-7pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 300

Authors: Eric Broug

One of the most distinctive aspects of Islamic art, intricate geometric design, can be found on ...

I Shall Be What I Want: Hawaa Mohamed Ahli & Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Hawaa Mohamed Ahli is a wife, a mother and a model employee of the Dubai General Directorate of ...

Wonder Women: Nnedi Okorafor, Rhianna Pratchett & Gillian Redfearn
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Whether relegated to love interest or stuck in the archetype of ‘strong female character’, women in...

Mo Gawdat: Solve for Happy
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Mo Gawdat

In 2001, Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker and Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], realised he ...

The World on a Plate: Madhur Jaffrey, Claudia Roden, Mark Kurlansky
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Does the food on our plate have its own story to tell? Our panel discusses the historical and ...

Shashi Tharoor: Inglorious Empire
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

The British Empire is much mythologised but poorly understood, and its role in Indian history is ...

Spiritual Journeys: Eiman Al Zaabi & Karen Henson Jones
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Two remarkable women share the lessons they learned from their investigations into the spiritual ...

How to Start Your Comic: Workshop with Gabriel Rodriguez
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7.30pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Eisner Award-winning comic book artist Gabriel Rodriguez is one of the most exciting comic book ...

Secrets of a Storyteller: Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith
Saturday 3 March, 6pm-7.30pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 200

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of more than 100 books, including the beloved No1 Ladies ...

Zaki Nusseibeh: Memories of Zayed
Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

The year 2018 has been proclaimed the ‘Year of Zayed’ to mark 100 years since the birth of the ...

Contemporary Arabic Literature in the West
Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Why does translated literature matter? Our panel of literary leading lights discusses the big ...

How to Eat Green: Melissa Hemsley, Mira Manek & Stephen Ritz
Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

From low-carb meals to ‘low-carbon’ meals, from paleo to plant-based diets – how can we satisfy our...

The Horror, The Horror: Joe Hill & Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Horror stories have enthralled readers for centuries: from the penny dreadful to Pennywise to ...

An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith
Saturday 3 March, 8pm-9pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Join us for an hour of mischief, laughter and master storytelling with one of the world’s most ...