Buy Event Tickets

Purple: Adults’ Events | Blue: Children’s Events | Green: Prize Giving Events | Yellow: Feature Events | Pink: Workshops & Masterclasses | Lilac: Film Screenings
Fri 3 March 2017
Event
starts at
Al Ras 1, InterContinentalAl Ras 2, InterContinentalAl Ras 3, InterContinentalAl Baraha 1, InterContinentalAl Baraha 2, InterContinentalAl Baraha 3, InterContinentalAl Khayma, InterContinentalAl Rimal, InterContinentalAl Waha, InterContinentalVista, InterContinentalZaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel
10:00  10:00-11:00
Speaking in Bones
    10:00-11:00
I Spy: The Mysterious Montmorency
10:00-11:00
The Marvellously Malevolent Mr Gum
  10:00-13:00
Quick Pitch 1
10:00-11:00
Lights, Camera, Action... Zombies?
   
10:15           
10:30           
10:45           
11:00                   
11:15                   
11:3011:30-12:30
Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk
11:30-12:30
Game, Set and Dubai: A Quarter Century of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
11:30-12:30
At Crisis Point: Frank Gardner on his Debut Thriller
11:30-12:30
Imagimorphia: Extreme Colouring
11:30-12:30
Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy
11:30-12:30
Secrets of The Real CSI: Writing True Crime
  11:30-13:30
The Pillars of Screenwriting
   
11:45     
12:00     
12:15     
12:30                 
12:45                 
13:00                13:00-15:00
Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona
 
13:15                 
13:3013:30-14:30
Strange Tribe: The Hemingway Legacy
13:30-14:30
Readers Meet Writers: Transformational Journeys
13:30-14:30
Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries
13:30-14:30
All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic
13:30-14:30
Instructions for a Second-hand Heart
13:30-14:30
George and the Blue Moon
13:30-14:30
Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan
     
13:45     
14:0014:00-17:00
Quick Pitch 2
14:00-16:00
Transformed by Music: Songwriting Workshop
 
14:15 
14:30               
14:45               
15:0015:00-16:00
Culture Shock: Facing the Unknown
15:00-16:00
Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?
15:00-16:00
Paris Spring: Into the Cold War Labyrinth
15:00-16:00
This Book is Out of Control!
15:00-16:00
The Secret of Nightingale Wood
15:00-16:00
From Book to Screen: Getting Adaptations Right
15:00-16:00
Would You Like to be a Turtle?
   
15:15   
15:30   
15:45   
16:00                   
16:15                   
16:3016:30-17:30
Make Mine Ms Marvel: Sana Amanat in Conversation
16:30-17:30
Secret Lives and Summer Love: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
16:30-17:30
Night Without Stars: Peter F Hamilton in Conversation
16:30-17:30
Stars of Tomorrow: Emirates Novel Award Winners
16:30-17:30
The Old Man and His Donkey
16:30-17:30
An Audience with Jeffrey Archer
16:30-17:30
You Can't Always Tell
16:30-18:00
Writing Successfully for Young Adults: Find Out How
   
16:45   
17:00     
17:15     
17:30              17:30-19:30
Writing True Crime: Where to Begin
   
17:45                 
18:0018:00-19:00
Penning the Past: When History Meets Fiction
18:00-19:00
The War for Truth
18:00-19:00
A Frank Conversation with Jon Ronson
18:00-19:00
Follow Me: When Writers Get Social
    18:00-19:00
All Memory is Fiction
     
18:15         
18:30         
18:45         
19:00                   
19:15                   
19:3019:30-20:30
KAPOW! Comics and Animation: Culture Strikes Back!
  19:30-20:30
Why Science Needs People Who Cry
    19:30-22:00
Murder Mystery Dinner: The Fatal Festival
         
19:45               
20:00              20:00-21:30
Poeticians with a PUNCH: Round 2
20:15             
20:30                 
20:45                 
21:00                 
21:15                 
21:30                   
21:45                   
22:00                     
11

Speaking in Bones
Friday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Kathy Reichs

“I didn't know anything about writing fiction and had no training in writing – I prefer taking ...

I Spy: The Mysterious Montmorency
Friday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Who is Montmorency? Thief, spy, aristocrat – and hero of a brilliant series of adventure stories ...

The Marvellously Malevolent Mr Gum
Friday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Andy Stanton

“I wouldn’t take children again, it was too much fun.” – a Dubai teacher after Andy's last ...

Quick Pitch 1
Friday 3 March, 10am-1pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your ...

Lights, Camera, Action... Zombies?
Friday 3 March, 10am-11am, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 200

Authors: Tanya Landman

Where do authors get their ideas from? In Tanya Landman’s case, the Sam Swann’s Movie Mystery ...

Inventing the Future: Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk
Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Ashlee Vance

“Vance paints an unforgettable picture of Musk's unique personality, insatiable drive and ability ...

Game, Set and Dubai: A Quarter Century of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Friday 3 March, 11:30am-12:30pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is today considered the Middle East’s own Grand Slam...

At Crisis Point: Frank Gardner on his Debut Thriller
Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Frank Gardner

“This is intelligent, high-voltage story-telling of the very highest order.” – Tony Parsons ...

Imagimorphia: Extreme Colouring
Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Kerby Rosanes

“His mesmerizing imagination and how he translates it onto the page with breathtaking ...

Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy
Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story provides a new twist on fairy ...

Secrets of The Real CSI: Writing True Crime
Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Liz Porter

''As gripping as any Jack Reacher novel.'' – The Weekend Australian’s crime expert Graeme Blundell ...

The Pillars of Screenwriting
Friday 3 March, 11.30am-1.30pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 250

Authors: Nicolas Forzy

If you are keen to sharpen your screenwriting skills then this is the workshop for you! Published ...

Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona
Friday 3 March, 1pm-3pm, Vista, InterContinental
Price: AED 300

Authors: Nisha Katona

“In the West we treat this grain of grains like a second class citizen. Its cooking techniques ...

Strange Tribe: The Hemingway Legacy
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“John Hemingway’s incisive and moving portrayal cases the Nobel Prize-winning author’s work in a ...

Readers Meet Writers: Transformational Journeys
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Calling all book clubs! Our Festival Reading Group have been reading the fantastic books of three ...

Wildlife in 3D! Anthony Geffen's Attenborough Documentaries
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“I want to look at different platforms and different ways to tell stories.” – Anthony ...

All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Zora O'Neill

“The shadda is the key difference between a pigeon (hamam) and a bathroom (hammam). Be careful, our...

Instructions for a Second-hand Heart
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Tamsyn Murray

When life unravels, only love can stitch you back together…

Jonny has a faulty heart and his ...

George and the Blue Moon
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking is the creator of the highly acclaimed George Greenby series, in which George and his ...

Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan
Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Mehr Tarar

“Too many people are writing about the dark side of Pakistan.” – Mehr Tarar

Outspoken about the ...

Quick Pitch 2
Friday 3 March, 2pm-5pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi returns to Dubai once again and wants to hear you pitch your ...

Transformed by Music: Songwriting Workshop
Friday 3 March, 2pm-4pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 250

Take a journey of songwriting in this talk and workshop by Sharif Al Maghraby. ‘Transformed by ...

Culture Shock: Facing the Unknown
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“I moved from heat to cold, from the Third World to the First… I also moved from a religious Muslim...

Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“Ethics change with technology.” – Larry Niven

Technological progress has had an enormous impact...

Paris Spring: Into the Cold War Labyrinth
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“James Naughtie's brilliant spy thriller is written with authority as well as a deep understanding ...

This Book is Out of Control!
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Richard Byrne

This Book is Out of Control! is the third ‘fourth wall-breaking’ book to star Bella, Ben, their dog...

The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Lucy Strange

Strange secrets, ghostly figures, a forgotten attic and mysterious firelight in the forest – just a...

From Book to Screen: Getting Adaptations Right
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.”…

Would You Like to be a Turtle?
Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Amal Farah

When anyone asks her, “What do you want to be?” she replies, ''I want to be a Turtle''.

Most...

Make Mine Ms Marvel: Sana Amanat in Conversation
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Sana Amanat

'Sana's a real-life superhero.'' – President Barack Obama

As Marvel’s Director of Content ...

Secret Lives and Summer Love: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Contemporary women’s fiction confronts serious issues with humour, compassion, and just the right ...

Night Without Stars: Peter F Hamilton in Conversation
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to be missed.” – Kirkus review...

Stars of Tomorrow: Emirates Novel Award Winners
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

There is a wealth of writing talent in the UAE and we are proud to celebrate the success of the ...

The Old Man and His Donkey
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson’s stories have been met with widespread acclaim for how well they capture the people,...

An Audience with Jeffrey Archer
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“The stories are always there, they never stop. I'm very lucky, they just keep flowing.” – Jeffrey ...

You Can't Always Tell
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Can you have food allergies and still have fun? Of course you can, but for children it can be a ...

Writing Successfully for Young Adults: Find Out How
Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-6pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 275

Authors: Sonia Nimr

This workshop will help you to build your novel-writing skills through learning new techniques, ...

Writing True Crime: Where to Begin
Friday 3 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 325

Authors: Liz Porter

The success of TV series such as Netflix’s Making a Murderer have thrust the True Crime genre into ...

Penning the Past: When History Meets Fiction
Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“You have to absolutely pack your head with information… then there comes a point at which you shut...

The War for Truth
Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“When I began to talk about Afghanistan, I watched eyes glaze and felt as if I was trying to have a...

A Frank Conversation with Jon Ronson
Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Jon Ronson

“By constructing his books so that they start off achingly funny then at a certain juncture become ...

Follow Me: When Writers Get Social
Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Creating a dedicated social media following can help immeasurably for a career in creativity. Each ...

All Memory is Fiction
Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

''Memory runs to the heart of narrative; to our personal narratives. We comfort ourselves by gently...

KAPOW! Comics and Animation: Culture Strikes Back!
Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“When Freej by Mohammed Saeed Harib came out, it kind of broke a lot of rules.” – Khaled bin ...

Why Science Needs People Who Cry
Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

“There is an outdated stereotype that all scientists are cold, hard, logical and unemotional – and ...

Murder Mystery Dinner: The Fatal Festival
Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-10pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 475

“One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.” ? Agatha Christie, And Then There Were ...

Poeticians with a PUNCH: Round 2
Friday 3 March, 8pm-9.30pm, Zaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Price: AED 75

The Poeticians and Punch Poetry team up once again for a night of powerful poetry. Following the ...