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Cook for Syria

Event 206 Saturday 4 March, 8pm-10pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

In this UAE Year of Giving, the Emirates Literature Foundation is proud to host a very special fundraising event as part of the #CookForSYRIA global movement.

Join us for an unforgettable dinner featuring recipes from the #CookForSYRIA cookbook – a compilation of celebrity chef and traditional Syrian recipes – and atmospheric Syrian poetry and music. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Emirates Red Crescent to provide humanitarian aid for children of Syria, and proceeds from the #CookForSYRIA book sales go directly to UNICEF’s Children of Syria Fund. 

Speakers on the evening include Syrian-German food author Dalia Dogmoch Soubra of ‘Dalia’s Kitchen’ blog fame, who has contributed to the official cookbook; Syrian poet Adnan Alaoda; and Noura Al-Khoori, Emirati author of Tender Hands – a children’s book about the refugee crisis from a child’s eyes. The dinner will also feature music by award-winning Syrian composer and qanun player Khalil Ghadri.

The Department of Islamic Affairs has given official permission for this event.

Dress code: smart casual/national dress

Language:  Arabic, English

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The Golden Age of Murder

Event 30 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“To a lover of detective stories, what more teasing challenge than to solve the mysteries of the people who formed the original Detection Club?” – Martin Edwards

When Martin Edwards, a member of the Detection Club – the mystery writers’ club whose members included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and GK Chesterton – was invited to become their first Archivist, he encountered a small problem: they had no archives. His investigations of the Club’s founding members became the basis for his acclaimed book The Golden Age of Murder.

Edwards is joined by the British Library’s Robert Davies, who oversees the popular Crime Classics series, which includes books by many of the authors featured in The Golden Age of Murder.

Join these literary gumshoes on a journey into the world of the authors who transformed crime writing forever.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Golden Age of Murder

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Alan Titchmarsh Meets the Desert Gardeners

Event 31 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How easy is it to have a beautiful garden using only plants that can survive the harsh desert climate? Alan Titchmarsh, Britain’s best-loved TV gardener, will meet with Dubai’s gardening gurus and share their green secrets in this special session.

Laura Allais-Maré is the founder of the Slow Food convivium in Dubai and the Balcony and Urban Gardening group of the Middle East. She follows the Natural Farming Principles of Masanobu Fukuoka in projects including the urban rooftop garden at the Time Oak Hotel in Barsha Heights.

Kamelia Zaal is the first Arab landscape designer to participate in the Chelsea Flower Show, where she won a silver gilt medal for her garden “The Beauty of Islam”. Her projects include Al Barari, the UAE’s most distinguished, luxurious and sustainable green residential development.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Alan Titchmarsh Meets the Desert Gardeners

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The Story Maker

Event 34 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Khayma, InterContinental

When the Story Maker comes to the village on her bicycle, everyone comes to find out what her story is. As she walks around the village and tells her stories in her loud voice and the laughter spreads along the road, the children of the village gather around her.

Join Sahar Naja Mahfouz in this interactive reading session and listen to the Story Maker’s stories.

Sahar writes for children to help them develop their personalities and accept others. Her books include The Story Maker, My Mother’s Suitcase, Sounds and Noises and Rain Drops.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 6+

The Story Maker

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Virtual Reality: The New Frontier of Storytelling

Event 36 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“We need to create experiences that elevate this technology beyond a geeky gimmick into the incredible medium it has the potential to be.” – Anthony Geffen

Anthony Geffen is a world-leading innovator in documentary filmmaking, and right now he and his company, Atlantic Productions, are working on a long-promised technology that is finally coming into its own: virtual reality. But as far as Geffen is concerned, new technology is above all a new way to tell stories.

Fast-track into the future through this virtual vision of storytelling and find out about the sort of immersive stories we can look forward to!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Virtual Reality: The New Frontier of Storytelling

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Foreign Correspondents: Stories from the Front Line

Event 46 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“The foreign correspondent is frequently the only means of getting an important story told, or of drawing the world's attention to disasters in the making or being covered up.” – Chinua Achebe

Small wars permitting, this is a unique opportunity to hear directly from two people who carry a heavy responsibility – reporting with both accuracy and respect from the centre of wars and disasters.

Actively covering the most volatile areas of the world, our panellists have experienced first-hand the extreme dangers and moral depravity of conflict. Prepare for unexpected insights and deeply powerful stories.

Frank Gardner is the BBC’s Security Correspondent who since 2001 has been heavily involved in covering the ‘war on terror,’ even after barely escaping a terrorist shooting in Saudi Arabia.

Christina Lamb has spent 28 years covering the drawn-out conflict in Afghanistan and her tenacious reporting from Zimbabwe led to her being declared an enemy of the state by Robert Mugabe’s regime.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Foreign Correspondents: Stories from the Front Line

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A Voyage Through Air

Event 181 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Take a trip to another dimension….

Be among the first to find out what happens in A Voyage Through Air, the conclusion of Peter Hamilton’s Queen of Dreams trilogy – which has been published early especially for this Festival!

When sisters Jemima and Taggie followed a bespectacled white squirrel into the First Realm, they had no idea of just how life-changing their adventures would be. But their greatest challenge lies ahead…

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

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Oxford University Press Prize Giving

Event 201 Saturday 4 March, 10am-10.30am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to announce the winners of the 2017 Oxford University Press Short Story Competition, and who better to present the award to the UAE’s newest literary icons than the author of the Unicorn in New York series, Rachel Hamilton.

Following the prize giving, Festival favourite Rachel will take us on a side-splitting storytelling adventure with her third tale about Louie, the showstopping unicorn who leaves his idyllic life in Story Land for the somewhat grimier charms of New York, where he enrols at the School of Performing Arts and begins his journey to become a legend of the stage! What misadventures are in store next for the eternally optimistic Louie? This is the place to find out!

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the following session, ‘Unicorn in New York’ for free.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Age Group: 7-Adult

Oxford University Press Prize Giving

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How to Learn a Language – in an Hour!

Event 800 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11am Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Zora O'Neill
Zora O’Neill travelled the Arab world on a mission to learn Arabic as it is spoken, but that’s not the only way to get to grips with a language. There are many different routes to language acquisition, and in this fast-moving masterclass Zora will introduce a number of different language-learning strategies to get you on the road to fluency.

The tutor: Zora O’Neill is the author of All Strangers are Kin, a memoir of her travels to Egypt, the UAE, Morocco and Lebanon on a mission to improve her Arabic skills by learning different dialects.

Language: English

How to Learn a Language – in an Hour!

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Let’s Cook Up a Story

Event 819 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11.30am Al Rimal, InterContinental

Let’s prepare the main ingredients to cook up a story! Join Maitha Al Khayat in this active workshop to create the characters, build up a plot and write your story. Every child will leave with their own cooked story to take home and devour!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is an Emirati author and illustrator of several children’s picture books including I Love My Mum’s Pretty Veil, Two Whales and When a Camel Craves Logaimat.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 8-12

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Unicorn in New York

Event 32 Saturday 4 March, 10:30am-11.30am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to announce the winners of the 2017 Oxford University Press Short Story Competition, and who better to present the award to the UAE’s newest literary icons than the author of the Unicorn in New York series, Rachel Hamilton.

Following the prize giving, Festival favourite Rachel will take us on a side-splitting storytelling adventure with her third tale about Louie, the showstopping unicorn who leaves his idyllic life in Story Land for the somewhat grimier charms of New York, where he enrols at the School of Performing Arts and begins his journey to become a legend of the stage! What misadventures are in store next for the eternally optimistic Louie? This is the place to find out!

Prizewinners will attend this session for free.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 7-Adult

Unicorn in New York

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Horrid Henry Says Goodbye

Event 37 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Horrid Henry is a phenomenon – more than 20 million books starring Francesca Simon’s mischievous trickster have been sold, in 25 languages.

As the series comes to a close with Horrid Henry’s Cannibal Curse, we ask: what makes Henry and his antics so compelling? Come and hear Francesca reveal how she puts badness to good use – and how Henry, inevitably, took on a life of his own.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

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Who Runs the World?: Diversity in Entertainment

Event 42 Saturday 4 March, 11:30am-12:30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

'Diversity is not a trend, it is simply life.'' - Sana Amanat

A new generation of women are making waves in interactive media and entertainment, and diversifying the sorts of stories and characters we see on screen and page. Women like Marvel’s Sana Amanat, who is leading change in American comics, rising Emirati filmmaker Eman Talal Alsayed and innovative Emirati artist Maryam Alzaabi.

Eman Talal Alsayed is a rising star of the Emirati film industry, whose script for the film Blanket won top prize at the Arab Film Studio Scriptwriting Competition and Best Film in the AFS Narrative Program.

Maryam Alzaabi is an Emirati artist whose original works and interpretations of pop culture icons have drawn acclaim at the Middle East Film and Comic Con and elsewhere.

Sana Amanat is the Director of Content and Character Development for Marvel, well-known as the co-creator of breakout star Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Who Runs the World?: Diversity in Entertainment

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From Austen to Tolstoy: Screen Classics with Andrew Davies

Event 148 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Andrew Davies
“I bring it to life and present things I found brilliant in the book, as thrillingly as I can.” – Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies has proven adept at adapting ‘difficult’ literary works into accessible, yet critically acclaimed, TV series. His remarkable body of work includes classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, War and Peace, and upcoming television series Les Miserables, as well as contemporary works such as House of Cards and the screenplays for the first two Bridget Jones films.

A master storyteller beloved by audiences and critics alike, Davies is a frank and fascinating speaker and not to be missed.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

From Austen to Tolstoy: Screen Classics with Andrew Davies

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Tales of a Saudi in Latin America

Event 170 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Social media phenomenon and author of Tales of a Saudi in Europe, Abdullah Al Jumah, returns to the Festival to talk about his travels in Latin American countries – travels that went beyond visiting cities and sites to learning about the beliefs and cultures of many different peoples. His new book, Khawaja Sharqi, will be published later in 2017.

Jumah’s thousands of social media followers accompanied him on his journeys, staying updated via YouTube and Snapchat. Included on the Arabian Business list of most powerful Arabs under 40, Jumah is shaping his fans’ views of the world in positive ways.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Tales of a Saudi in Latin America

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Let Your Imagination Fly

Event 176 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Sonia Nimr
Will the prince find someone to tell him a story that begins and ends with a lie? How could a girl attend her own grandparents’ wedding? How did she fly in the sky like a meteor?

A lively, interactive session with writer and storyteller Sonia Nimr, who shares her side-splitting and surprising tales from Palestinian folklore.

Sonia has published numerous books for children and young adults, including Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands, which won the 2014 Etisalat Prize for children’s books. She is a master storyteller and not to be missed!

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 9+

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Journey to Modern India (with a Crime-fighting Elephant!)

Event 177 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Vaseem Khan
“I could not have written this novel without those ten years of incredible experiences.” – Vaseem Khan

When Vaseem Khan arrived in Mumbai to work as a management consultant, he was startled to see an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road – a sight that planted the seed for his acclaimed crime series featuring Inspector Chopra and Ganesha the baby elephant.

In this captivating talk he explains how he came to be in India, how modern Mumbai came to the place it occupies in modern India, and his own journey from first elephant sighting to eventual publication.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Journey to Modern India (with a Crime-fighting Elephant!)

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The Write Formula 1

Event 810 Saturday 4 March, 11.30am-1.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

If you want an agent’s detailed feedback on your manuscript-in-progress, this is the session for you! When you book you will be assigned a one-to-one slot with literary agent Jonathan Lloyd, Chairman of Curtis Brown, whose bestselling clients include Jeffrey Archer, Tom Bower, Antonia Fraser, Anthony Horowitz, Annabel Karmel and Freya North.

Jonathan will read the first 1,000 words of participants’ manuscripts in advance so that he can give detailed feedback, so please submit a Microsoft Word document containing the first 1,000 words along with a synopsis of the book via our website after you book (submissions open when tickets go on sale). Fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are permitted, excluding picture books.

There are only eight places available in each Write Formula session, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Click here to submit your manuscript-in-progress
You will need to provide your order number to book the slot.
Language: English

The Write Formula 1

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A Trip to the Garden of Ideas

Event 811 Saturday 4 March, 12pm-1.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Amal Farah
Little Amal broke free from the laziness monster and escaped to the ideas garden to write her thoughts! You can escape your own monster when you register for this workshop and learn how to write a story. Discover what kind of monster is chasing you – is he scary looking, is he nice or naughty, and how will your character get rid of him?

Learn how to create the hero of your story, what kind of adventure to send them on and how they will defeat the monster, in a workshop that will open your imagination and improve your writing skills. You will finish the workshop with the first draft of your new story.

The tutor: Amal Farah is an author of books for children and young adults and the founder of Shagara Publishing. Her books include Girl’s Diary, The Monster, Kangaroo and I Want to be a Turtle, which won the Etisalat Award for Children’s Books in the Best Text category in 2016.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 8-12

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The Taaleem Award Prize Giving

Event 202 Saturday 4 March, 1pm-1.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

The Taaleem Poetry Award celebrates young poets. This year’s prize will be presented by Carnegie Award-winning children’s author and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland and Emirati children's author and journalist Shaima Al Marzooqi.

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the following session, ‘Vikings and Arthurian Knights’ for free.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Age Group: 9-Adult

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