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Fri 2 March 2018
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Al Ras 1Al Ras 2Al Ras 3Al Baraha 1Al Baraha 2Al Baraha 3Al KhaymaAl MajlisAl RimalAl WahaZaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel
10:0010:00-11:00
Melissa Hemsley: Eat Happy
    10:00-11:00
Hats Off to Jon Klassen (Live Video Link)
  10:00-11:00
Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls
  10:00-11:30
The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham
  10:00-11:00
Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson
 
10:15           
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10:45           
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12:0012:00-13:00
Mark Vanhoenacker: A Journey with a Pilot
12:00-13:00
Kate Mosse: 1818-2018 Frankenstein at 200
12:00-13:00
Meik Wiking: The Little Book of Lykke
12:00-13:00
Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave
      12:00-13:00
Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees
12:00-14:00
Quick Pitch 1: with agent Luigi Bonomi
12:00-13:30
Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug
 
12:15       
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12:45       
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13:30              13:30-15:00
Spoken Word Slam!: Workshop with Harry Baker
   
13:45                 
14:0014:00-15:00
Floella Benjamin: Coming to England
14:00-15:00
Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider
14:00-15:00
Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous
14:00-15:00
Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars
14:00-15:00
Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick
  14:00-15:00
Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle
  14:00-15:30
Reading for Therapy: Masterclass with Gamze Hakli Geray
 
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15:30              15:30-17:00
Writing a Bestseller: Masterclass with Richard & Judy
     
15:45                   
16:00  16:00-17:00
The Arab Reading Challenge
16:00-17:00
Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II
16:00-17:00
Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death
16:00-17:00
Stephen Ritz: The Power of a Plant
16:00-17:00
Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
16:00-17:00
Dream a Story: Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh
16:00-17:00
Spot and the Little Boy: Workshop with Rym Ghazal
16:00-18:00
Caricature Creations: Workshop with Walid Taher
 
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17:30                17:30-19:30
Give Us a Clue: Writing Workshop with Greg Mosse
 
17:45                 
18:0018:00-19:30
Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe
  18:00-19:00
Future Folklore: Dubai Abulhoul, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sjón
18:00-19:00
William Dalrymple: The World’s Most Infamous Diamond
18:00-19:00
Thriller Night: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir & Shari Lapena
  18:00-19:00
When Poet Met Pilot: Literary Friendships
18:00-19:00
The First Page: Masterclass with Luigi Bonomi
   
18:15       
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18:45       
19:00                 
19:15                 
19:30  19:30-20:30
Muhammad Yunus: A World of Three Zeroes
19:30-20:30
Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart
19:30-20:30
Locke & Key: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  19:30-21:30
Come Dal With Me: Dinner with Madhur Jaffrey
        19:30-21:30
Poeticians with a PUNCH 3
19:45           
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Purple: Adults’ Events | Blue: Children’s Events | Green: Prize Giving Events | Yellow: Feature Events | Pink: Workshops & Masterclasses | Lilac: Film Screenings
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Melissa Hemsley: Eat Happy
Friday 2 March, 10am-11am, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Pioneer of healthy home cooking Melissa Hemsley has an all-new guide to quick meals: Eat ...

Hats Off to Jon Klassen (Live Video Link)
Friday 2 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Jon Klassen

He’s taken us on hat adventures galore, and now Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Jon Klassen ...

Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls
Friday 2 March, 10am-11am, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Superstar children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has created some of the most beloved characters in ...

The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham
Friday 2 March, 10am-11.30am, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 200

How do you write the perfect crime? Bestselling author Mark Billingham is a master of suspense, and...

Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson
Friday 2 March, 10am-11am, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 100

Authors: Katy Hudson

Meet Rabbit, Tortoise and Bird in a creative workshop for little ones with bestselling author and ...

Mark Vanhoenacker: A Journey with a Pilot
Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker’s Skyfaring, a poetic exploration of the emotional power of travelling ...

Kate Mosse: 1818-2018 Frankenstein at 200
Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Kate Mosse

In 1818, Mary Shelley's Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published. ...

Meik Wiking: The Little Book of Lykke
Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Authors: Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge was a runaway success and redefined ‘contentment’ for the world. Author ...

Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave
Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Julia Johnson

In a remote mountain village of the UAE, in the grip of a deadly drought, a young girl falls into a...

Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees
Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 100

Happy, excited, or stomping mad ... learn how to draw expressive characters with illustrator Guy ...

Quick Pitch 1: with agent Luigi Bonomi
Friday 2 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...

Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug
Friday 2 March, 12pm-1.30pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: Eric Broug

Would you love to be an artist, designer or architect when you grow up?

Eric Broug, an expert in...

Spoken Word Slam!: Workshop with Harry Baker
Friday 2 March, 1.30pm-3pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 150

Authors: Harry Baker

Learn the fast-talking, tongue-twisting art of slam poetry from Poetry Slam Weltmeister Harry ...

Floella Benjamin: Coming to England
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Actress, author, filmmaker and politician, Floella Benjamin became beloved by a generation as the ...

Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Rhianna Pratchett’s remarkable career has seen her redefine video game storytelling, rebooting the ...

Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

More than 100 years have passed since the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement set in motion the division...

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

When Isabella’s best friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. With ink maps and her ...

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

In a world first, prepare to meet girl & dog detective duo Stick & Fetch – published early ...

Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

The language in Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights ‘sings from the page’ according to fellow author ...

Reading for Therapy: Masterclass with Gamze Hakli Geray
Friday 2 March, 2pm-3.30pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 200

Storytelling, creative writing, and reading have long been recognized for their therapeutic ...

Writing a Bestseller: Masterclass with Richard & Judy
Friday 2 March, 3.30pm-5pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 200

What makes a book fly off the shelves?

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, best known as TV duo ...

The Arab Reading Challenge
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Arab Reading Challenge aims to ignite a cultural renaissance by encouraging students across the...

Ibrahim Nasrallah: Dog War II
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a full-time writer. With the ...

Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Discover a powerful story of love, rebellion and magical destiny set in post-apocalyptic Africa. ...

Stephen Ritz: The Power of a Plant
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Authors: Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz’s seeds of motivation have blossomed into an international movement – come and ...

Anthony Horowitz: The Word is Murder
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Wizard of whodunits and master of mysteries, Anthony Horowitz has had a hectic year. He’s even been...

Dream a Story: Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 50

Words and pictures combine to bring the story to life in this exciting picture book ...

Spot and the Little Boy: Workshop with Rym Ghazal
Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 100

In a magical tale of friendship, an orphaned child meets an orphaned kitten and his life is changed...

Caricature Creations: Workshop with Walid Taher
Friday 2 March, 4pm-6pm, Al Waha, InterContinental
Price: AED 300

Authors: Walid Taher

Join this creative and fun hands-on workshop for adults and learn how to draw caricatures and ...

Give Us a Clue: Writing Workshop with Greg Mosse
Friday 2 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Al Rimal, InterContinental
Price: AED 300

Authors: Greg Mosse

What is a clue? It’s something your reader didn't notice but, later on, it turned out to be ...

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe
Friday 2 March, 6pm-7.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Poetry as you have never heard it before!

Roger McGough, the ‘Patron Saint of Poetry’ whose dry ...

Future Folklore: Dubai Abulhoul, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sjón
Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

What do our legends tell us about ourselves? And why is it important to remember? Our three writers...

William Dalrymple: The World’s Most Infamous Diamond
Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

In his new book, world-renowned historian and travel writer William Dalrymple tells the improbable,...

Thriller Night: Yrsa Sigurðardóttir & Shari Lapena
Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Baraha 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Two authors famous for their mastery of suspense unite to talk about how bringing the scares closer...

When Poet Met Pilot: Literary Friendships
Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Khayma, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Poet Kirun Kapur and pilot Mark Vanhoenacker grew up in opposite corners of America. Since they met...

The First Page: Masterclass with Luigi Bonomi
Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental
Price: AED 200

Authors: Luigi Bonomi

First impressions matter. Most agents and publishers will judge your manuscript on the very first ...

Muhammad Yunus: A World of Three Zeroes
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Nobel Peace Prize winner and microfinance innovator Muhammad Yunus has a vision of a new economic ...

Khaled Khalifa: Aleppo in Our Heart
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Ras 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

Celebrated Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, twice shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic ...

Locke & Key: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm, Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Price: AED 75

The Eisner Award-winning Locke and Key comic series has sold more than a million copies and is ...

Come Dal With Me: Dinner with Madhur Jaffrey
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Al Baraha 3, InterContinental
Price: AED 350

Spice up your Friday night with an evening of mouthwatering food, with the Queen of Curries, Madhur...

Poeticians with a PUNCH 3
Friday 2 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Zaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Price: AED 75

A Festival favourite returns as the UAE-based poetry groups Poeticians and PUNCH Poetry reunite for...