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Accessible Arabic: The Arab Reading Index and Google Books

Event 215 Monday 6 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“There is no future without books.” – Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The 2016 Arab Reading Index contained some surprising revelations about reading habits in the Arab World – including that rates of reading for pleasure are not nearly as low as previously reported, and that the UAE ranks fourth (behind Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco) in reading rates for the region, reading an average of 24 books a year.

Our panel discusses these findings alongside exciting news from Google about their own Arabic books project, and asks what we can do to make books more accessible and how we can work to engage more readers.

HE Jamal Bin Huwaireb is Managing Director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. He has chronicled the development of creative and cultural movements in the UAE and the GCC and presents the popular historical and literary TV show Al Rawi (The Narrator) on Dubai TV. 

Ivan Jakovljevic is responsible for Google’s Travel and Finance business in the MENA region, including the Celebrating Arabic Reading initiative promoting Arabic ebooks, and the development of the region’s digital ecosystem.

Dr Hany Torky is Chief Technical Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme’s Arab Knowledge Project, the foremost initiative on knowledge and development in the region. He has around 20 years of experience in the areas of Statistics and Knowledge for Development.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Accessible Arabic: The Arab Reading Index and Google Books

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Creative Writing Course - Start-up Writing Class

Event 908 Monday 6 March, 9.30am-12.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Sue Moorcroft
Have you always wanted to write but don’t quite know where to start? Perhaps you already have the material but don’t know it! Join experienced tutor Sue Moorcroft, who can give you the tools to create your characters, build a sense of place and take that germ of an idea and craft it into the beginnings of your novel.

Liz Fenwick, who is the author of several novels and has been a Festival author in the past, has this to say about Sue:

'Sue is a lively, engaged and experienced teacher. She brings her own experience as an award winning novelist to her practical and inspiring courses. Before I was published I was lucky enough to attend one of her classes of characterisation. My novel Under A Cornish Sky was born from the exercise we did that day. Since then at every opportunity I get I jump at the chance to attend anything Sue is teaching.'

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Sue as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from editors, agents and publishers at organized talks as well as in more informal social settings.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening on the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the trip to the desert.

Click here to book accommodation at the 5* Crowne Plaza Festival City and the course takes place in the adjoining Event Centre

Click here to download the course outline.

If you have any questions, please contact: Yvette.judge@emirateslitfest.com

Language: English

Creative Writing Course - Start-up Writing Class

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The Future of Intellectual Property in the UAE

Event 216 Monday 6 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Intellectual Property is a huge issue in the publishing world – and trade and technology regularly bring up surprising twists in the ongoing story of who owns ideas and words.

This panel, running alongside the first Dubai International Publishing Conference, brings together speakers from Dubai Customs, the Ministry of Economy and the National Media Council to discuss the state of IP in the UAE today, from rights, copyright and trademarks to the ongoing saga of digital piracy and making sure that authors and readers alike benefit from new legislation.

Confirmed speakers:

Yousef Ozair – Director of Intellectual Property Rights, Dubai Customs

Nasser Altamemi – Director of Media Content, National Media Council

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

The Future of Intellectual Property in the UAE

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Creative Writing Course - Writing and Improving Your Novel Class

Event 910 Monday 6 March, 9.30am-12.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Patrick Gale
Are you already working on your novel? Are you teetering on the brink of starting? Why not join us at the biggest Festival of Literature in the Middle East, which will provide the creative backdrop to let you hone your writing skills in the company of world-class writers? Patrick Gale, award-winning writer and experienced tutor, will be on hand to look at all aspects of bringing your writing to life, including how you build your characters, create a sense of place, and choose your point of view, as well as the crafts of dialogue, structure and editing.

This course is for writers who have already started their journey and will require a submission of some of your writing. Once you sign up, Patrick will let you know exactly what he is looking for. He will bring out the best of your creativity; this course will see you creating new pieces of work that will form the basis for discussion in the group. After three days, including a final Q & A session to address any specific concerns, you should be able to go back to your novel with renewed enthusiasm and energy.

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Patrick as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from editors, agents and publishers at organized talks as well as in more informal social settings.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening on the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the trip to the desert.

Click here to book accommodation at the 5* Crowne Plaza Festival City and the course takes place in the adjoining Event Centre

Click here to download the course outline.

If you have any questions, please contact: Yvette.judge@emirateslitfest.com

Language: English

Creative Writing Course - Writing and Improving Your Novel Class

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Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children (English) Class

Event 912 Monday 6 March, 9.30am-12.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Tamsyn Murray
Are you interested in writing for children? Join Tamsyn Murray, author of fiction for children of all ages, and tutor at City University in London, and discover how to bring your characters to life! Style, plot, creating a sense of place and engaging a young audience will all be included in the classes; you just need to bring your ideas and creativity along.

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Tamsyn as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from and engage with top editors, agents and publishers, who will all be in Dubai for a Publishing Conference.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening amongst the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the desert trip.

Click here to download the course outline.

If you have any questions, please contact: Yvette.judge@emirateslitfest.com

Language: English

Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children (English) Class

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Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children and Young Adults (Arabic) Class

Event 926 Monday 6 March, 9.30am-12.30pm Al Majlis, InterContinental

Are you interested in writing for children or young adults? And do you want to take your writing to the next level? Join Fatima Sharafeddine, author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, a number of which have been translated into different languages. 

The three day course will cover writing for children and young adults. Fatima will help you to bring your ideas to reality, building the plot, style and characters while creating a story that has a sense of place and is engaging for the appropriate age group. She will also instruct on editing and advise on how to submit your book to a publisher.

You are required to submit an example of your writing in advance. If you are writing for children, then you need to submit the full story; if writing for young adults you need to submit a representative sample of 500-1000 words.

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Fatima as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from and engage with top editors, agents and publishers, who will all be in Dubai for a Publishing Conference.

No event in Dubai would be complete without an opportunity to visit the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening amongst the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the desert trip.

Click here to book accommodation at the 5* Crowne Plaza Festival City and the course takes place in the adjoining Event Centre

Fatima Sharafeddine is a Lebanese author and translator of books for children and young adults. She has run workshops in several countries to help aspiring authors improve their writing in Arabic.

She has won several literary prizes for her work, including her YA novel Faten (The Servant) being chosen as one of the best five YA books of 2015 by Norway’s National TV Channel and her children’s book Semsem in Mom’s Tummy was shortlisted for the 2015 Etisalat Award.

Click here to download the course outline. 

If you have any questions, please contact: Hend.Saeed@emirateslitfest.com

Language: Arabic

Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children and Young Adults (Arabic) Class

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Creative Writing Course - Start-up Writing Class

Event 909 Monday 6 March, 2.45pm-5pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Sue Moorcroft
Have you always wanted to write but don’t quite know where to start? Perhaps you already have the material but don’t know it! Join experienced tutor Sue Moorcroft, who can give you the tools to create your characters, build a sense of place and take that germ of an idea and craft it into the beginnings of your novel.

Liz Fenwick, who is the author of several novels and has been a Festival author in the past, has this to say about Sue:

'Sue is a lively, engaged and experienced teacher. She brings her own experience as an award winning novelist to her practical and inspiring courses. Before I was published I was lucky enough to attend one of her classes of characterisation. My novel Under A Cornish Sky was born from the exercise we did that day. Since then at every opportunity I get I jump at the chance to attend anything Sue is teaching.'

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Sue as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from editors, agents and publishers at organized talks as well as in more informal social settings.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening on the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the trip to the desert.

Click here to book accommodation at the 5* Crowne Plaza Festival City and the course takes place in the adjoining Event Centre

Click here to download the course outline.

If you have any questions, please contact: Yvette.judge@emirateslitfest.com

Language: English

Creative Writing Course - Start-up Writing Class

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Creative Writing Course - Writing and Improving Your Novel Class

Event 911 Monday 6 March, 2.45pm-5pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Patrick Gale
Are you already working on your novel? Are you teetering on the brink of starting? Why not join us at the biggest Festival of Literature in the Middle East, which will provide the creative backdrop to let you hone your writing skills in the company of world-class writers? Patrick Gale, award-winning writer and experienced tutor, will be on hand to look at all aspects of bringing your writing to life, including how you build your characters, create a sense of place, and choose your point of view, as well as the crafts of dialogue, structure and editing.

This course is for writers who have already started their journey and will require a submission of some of your writing. Once you sign up, Patrick will let you know exactly what he is looking for. He will bring out the best of your creativity; this course will see you creating new pieces of work that will form the basis for discussion in the group. After three days, including a final Q & A session to address any specific concerns, you should be able to go back to your novel with renewed enthusiasm and energy.

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Patrick as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from editors, agents and publishers at organized talks as well as in more informal social settings.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening on the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the trip to the desert.

Click here to book accommodation at the 5* Crowne Plaza Festival City and the course takes place in the adjoining Event Centre

Click here to download the course outline.

If you have any questions, please contact: Yvette.judge@emirateslitfest.com

Language: English

Creative Writing Course - Writing and Improving Your Novel Class

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Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children (English) Class

Event 913 Monday 6 March, 2.45pm-5pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Tamsyn Murray
Are you interested in writing for children? Join Tamsyn Murray, author of fiction for children of all ages, and tutor at City University in London, and discover how to bring your characters to life! Style, plot, creating a sense of place and engaging a young audience will all be included in the classes; you just need to bring your ideas and creativity along.

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Tamsyn as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from and engage with top editors, agents and publishers, who will all be in Dubai for a Publishing Conference.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening amongst the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the desert trip.

Click here to download the course outline.

If you have any questions, please contact: Yvette.judge@emirateslitfest.com

Language: English

Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children (English) Class

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Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children and Young Adults (Arabic) Class

Event 927 Monday 6 March, 2.45pm-5pm Al Majlis, InterContinental

Are you interested in writing for children or young adults? And do you want to take your writing to the next level? Join Fatima Sharafeddine, author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, a number of which have been translated into different languages. 

The three day course will cover writing for children and young adults. Fatima will help you to bring your ideas to reality, building the plot, style and characters while creating a story that has a sense of place and is engaging for the appropriate age group. She will also instruct on editing and advise on how to submit your book to a publisher.

You are required to submit an example of your writing in advance. If you are writing for children, then you need to submit the full story; if writing for young adults you need to submit a representative sample of 500-1000 words.

Highlights of the three days include being part of a small group (maximum 15) with Fatima as the tutor. There will be time for quiet writing, as well as the chance to hear from and engage with top editors, agents and publishers, who will all be in Dubai for a Publishing Conference.

No event in Dubai would be complete without an opportunity to visit the desert, and you will have the chance to join us for an evening amongst the dunes under the stars, enjoying dinner in the company of some of our Festival authors.

The fee includes the writing workshops, talks, lunch and dinner, including the desert trip.

Click here to book accommodation at the 5* Crowne Plaza Festival City and the course takes place in the adjoining Event Centre

Fatima Sharafeddine is a Lebanese author and translator of books for children and young adults. She has run workshops in several countries to help aspiring authors improve their writing in Arabic.

She has won several literary prizes for her work, including her YA novel Faten (The Servant) being chosen as one of the best five YA books of 2015 by Norway’s National TV Channel and her children’s book Semsem in Mom’s Tummy was shortlisted for the 2015 Etisalat Award.

Click here to download the course outline. 

If you have any questions, please contact: Hend.Saeed@emirateslitfest.com

Language: Arabic

Creative Writing Course - Writing for Children and Young Adults (Arabic) Class

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School Librarian of the Year Award

Event 53 Monday 6 March, 4pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

It’s time for the Emirates Literature Foundation, in partnership with The Executive Council of Dubai, to announce the winners of the School Librarian of the Year Award 2017. The award will be presented to the winning librarians by Kevin Crossley-Holland.

All our wonderful nominated librarians are invited to the prize-giving, which features afternoon tea and a fascinating panel on the importance of school librarians:

Kevin Crossley-Holland, President of the School Library Association, UK (Chair)

Fahad al Mamari, Director of Public Libraries Department, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority

Shaikha Al Mehairi, Cultural Research Centre Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture 

Please note that this session is by invitation only: librarians who were nominated for the School Librarian of the Year Award will be invited to attend this session free of charge.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

School Librarian of the Year Award

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UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

Event 56 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

People leave and the homeland stays at the left side, where the heart is.” – Hamad Al Hammady

When this Emirati author wrote his first political novel based on true events, it broke the mould and sparked a huge wave of interest throughout the country. Hamad Al Hammady is building a reputation as a novelist who tackles high stakes issues such as love, patriotism, and sinister terrorist cells, and as the first Emirati writer of political fiction, he was given the UAE Pioneer Award.

His books include Retaj, which was adapted as the popular Ramadan TV series Betrayal of the Country – described as the first politically themed drama in the history of Emirati television, and which became a popular trending topic on Twitter – and brand new novel Any More? They tell the stories of extremists plotting against the UAE, and of those who oppose them. The books have been welcomed by Emiratis and expats alike who are drawn in by these fictional accounts of our world’s very real dangers.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

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Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

Event 184 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

The UAE has been acclaimed as a leader in gender equality, especially in education, literacy and employment, but there is always more to be done here and in the wider world. Our panel of three women from different countries and backgrounds who have written about gender and equality explore what still needs to be done.

Badriah Al Bishr is an award-winning writer and television presenter whose novels and journalism are both concerned with the issues facing modern women in a conservative society.

Sophie Le Ray is a French entrepreneur and founder of the Global WIL Economic Forum, which promotes female leadership. She is the author of Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future.

Mehr Tarar is an influential Pakistani journalist who is outspoken about women’s rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. Her writing is collected in Leaves from Lahore.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

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The Gulf’s Political Journey

Event 55 Monday 6 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“One can’t pray for anything except that the UAE model prevails and inspires a regional renaissance of its own.” – Faisal J Abbas

Youth, education, oil, reform, technology, literacy, culture – the rapid and sometimes unexpected twists of the recent history of the Gulf states mean that everyone has a different opinion about what will happen next. Three of the people best-equipped to answer meet, moderated by the BBC’s James Naughtie, to discuss what to expect from the region in the near future, and how tolerance can be a guiding principle in solving regional dilemmas and conflicts.

HE Omar Saif Ghobash, the UAE’s Ambassador to Russia and the author of Letters to a Young Muslim, is one of the world’s leading thinkers on moderate Islam and ways to prevent radicalisation.

Francis Matthew is Editor-at-Large of Gulf News, where he writes on UAE and GCC social and political issues. He has worked as a journalist in the Middle East for 35 years and has edited three books on the UAE.

JE Peterson is an American historian and political analyst specialising in the Arabian Gulf, and editor of the authoritative text The Emergence of the Gulf States: Studies in Modern History.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

The Gulf’s Political Journey

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Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

Event 179 Monday 6 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

“Culture is not an added extra. It’s not a nice middle-class thing to have. It’s absolutely fundamentally essential.” – Paul MacAlindin

In the summer of 2008, Paul MacAlindin read an article that would change his life – and the cultural scene in Iraq. 17-year-old pianist Zahel Sultan was on the search for a conductor to help form a national youth orchestra for Iraq; MacAlindin, who had just returned from high-profile jobs in Armenia, the US and New Zealand, jumped at the chance to do something different.

In his book Upbeat, MacAlindin tells the story of what followed: the hunt for musicians, the red tape of permissions, and above all, the fight to bring joy to the music of traumatised children.

MacAlindin’s moving – sometimes devastating – story is about a group of people defying our recent history to find happiness.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

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UAE Travellers: Around the World by Car

Event 185 Monday 6 March, 9pm-10pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Awad Mohammad Bin Sheik Mojrin Bin Sultan established the UAE Travellers in 1996. That year they also launched ‘UAE Travellers: Traveling the World by Car’, a years-long road trip that would take them to 65 countries.

Awad and his navigator Ahmed Farooq Alawar will talk to us today about their adventures and the dangers they faced during their trip, as well as how this project helped to introduce the Emirati culture to the people they met on their journeys. All the trips were documented through videos and photos.

Awad Mohammad Bin Sheik Mojrin Bin Sultan, Head of the UAE Travelers team, launched the Dubai Travellers’ Festival, which is considered the first of its kind in the Middle East. He launched and organised a number of programmes for UAE Travellers, such as Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by Camel and the RMDHA challenge. He was awarded a Creativity and Excellence award in Milan, Italy.

Ahmed Farooq Alawar, a businessman, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering from the USA. He participated in the UAE Travelers: Travelling the world by car as a navigator.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

UAE Travellers: Around the World by Car

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