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Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

Event 82 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Jo Marchant
“It isn’t trickery, wishful thinking or all in the mind. It is a physical mechanism, as concrete as the effects of any drug.” – Jo Marchant on the placebo effect

Can our minds really heal our bodies? This is the controversial question Jo Marchant set out to answer in her book Cure, looking for the real science behind hypnosis, meditation, positive visualisation, virtual reality therapy and all manner of other techniques.

The relationship between body and mind is an ongoing mystery, and one that scientists are exploring every day – in this talk Marchant takes us on a journey through the latest findings.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Embracing Happiness: Why Wellbeing Matters

Event 112 Friday 10 March, 7:30pm-8:30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

''Happiness isn’t superficial, it is our deepest longing.'' - Anthony Seldon

In 2016 the UAE government took the enterprising step of making happiness not only a policy goal, but a department of government, appointing HE Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi as Minister of State for Happiness. But what can institutions actually do to improve happiness? And what impact can it have? Our panel discusses these tricky questions.

Dr Abdulla Karam is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), an organisation that under his directorship has put happiness at the heart of policy.

Sir Anthony Seldon is a historian, educationalist and the author of Beyond Happiness: The Trap of Happiness and How to Find Deeper Meaning and Joy; while headmaster at Wellington School in the UK he introduced well-being lessons for students.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation 

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The Astonishing Illustrated Adventures of Reeve and McIntyre

Event 84 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Nothing stops Reeve & McIntyre Productions! Author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre are back with their fourth book, Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair! In the award-winning Pugs of the Frozen North they told the wild and wacky tale of a pug-powered sledge trip across the Arctic – how do you top that? Come and see for yourselves!

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

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Dare to Do

Event 98 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Sarah Outen
“It’s so intense and immersive to be in such a small vessel, so close to the water, and to an extent at the mercy of the elements.” – Sarah Outen

When Sarah Outen set out to cycle, kayak and row around the world, she was embarking on a journey that would test her spirit as much as her body, as treacherous weather repeatedly sabotaged her efforts.

The story of her eventually successful adventure and the obstacles she overcame are contained in the inspirational memoir Dare to Do – a book that invites readers to push their own boundaries and start their own adventure.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The Children's Books Everyone Should Read

Event 108 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Which childhood book makes you feel giddy with nostalgia?

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie, children young and old will delight in this discussion about standout children’s books, from those that have inspired generations to modern-day classics. Come along and see if our panel can meet the challenge of selecting five all-time favourites!

Jill Dawson writes for adults, but has cited children’s fiction such as Little House on the Prairie as influential and inspiring.

Abi Elphinstone is the author of The Shadow Keeper, whose heroine Moll was inspired by her admiration of Philip Pullman’s Lyra in Northern Lights. Candy Gourlay, author of Tall Story and Shine, was influenced by the mix of folklore, homegrown books and comics, and imported books that made up her childhood reading in the Philippines.

Yvette Judge is the Chief Operating Officer of the Emirates Literature Foundation, and previously worked as a school librarian and head of children’s programming for the Festival.

Language: English

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Flip the Script: Screenwriters in the Spotlight

Event 194 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“With a screenplay, if you are writing something that would take $50m to make, which is usually about 100 pages, then it’s going to cost $500,000 to film each page and that means every page has to be a damn good page.” – Raymond Khoury

What does screenwriting teach book authors – and what does book writing teach screenwriters? Three authors who have written extensively for page and screen discuss how they write for different genres and media, and what it has taught them.

Piyush Jha’s film credits include Sikandar, King of Bollywood and Chalo America while his books include Mumbaistan and Raakshas – the latter of which he is now adapting for film.

Raymond Khoury is best known for his suspenseful series starring Sean Reilly, the most recent of which is The End Game, while his screenwriting credits include gripping TV dramas Waking the Dead and Spooks.

Ben Miller has extensive TV experience, including co-writing and starring in The Armstrong and Miller Show and presenting It’s Not Rocket Science, which is based on his book of the same name.

At the end of the session, we will be making the draw for Play in a Day participants. Piyush Jha and Raymond Khoury will be mentoring the Play in a Day writers. Don’t miss seeing the finished plays on Saturday 11th March at 16:30!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Swimmer Among the Stars

Event 211 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a writer who is gifted not just with extraordinary talent but also with a subtle, original and probing mind.” – Amitav Ghosh

The stories in Kanishk Tharoor’s debut collection Swimmer Among the Stars have been met with high praise, with reviewers hailing Tharoor’s imagination and poetic voice and comparing him to masters of the short story such as Jorge Luis Borges. He is also making a name for himself as an insightful commentator on culture and politics in his columns and on series such as Museum of Lost Objects, a BBC radio series on cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria. He is currently working on his first novel.

Make sure to catch this session to see a powerful new literary voice at the beginning of his career.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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100 Things Successful People Do

Event 830 Friday 10 March, 10am-12pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Do you want to succeed in life – and find happiness in what you are doing? Leadership and coaching expert Nigel Cumberland, author of 100 Things Successful People Do, is here to help! In this workshop he will teach you how to identify what makes you happy, what you are aiming to succeed at, and what you can change to make it happen.

The tutor: Nigel Cumberland is the co-founder of Silk Road Partnership, a leading global provider of executive coaching and leadership training solutions. In addition to 100 Things Successful People Do, he is the author of several management and leadership books, including Secrets of Success at Work: 50 Techniques to Excel and Finding and Hiring Talent in a Week.

Language: English

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My Alien and Me

Event 841 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Waha, InterContinental

Have you ever wanted to meet an alien? This workshop with Smriti Prasadam-Halls is a great chance to prepare for first contact, as she reads from My Alien and Me – now available in both Arabic and English! An interactive session of fun and games for younger children.

The tutor: Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the author of Jingle Jangle Jungle, Don’t Call Me Sweet, T-Veg, I Love You Night and Day and most recently, My Alien and Me. She previously worked as a children’s book and TV commissioning editor before turning to writing books of her own!

All materials provided. Adult helpers may accompany for free!

Language: English

Age Group: 4-7

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Writing a Thriller with Character

Event 857 Friday 10 March, 10am-11:30am Al Khayma, InterContinental

What is the key to a good thriller? Eric Van Lustbader says that the character is key – a hero who is well-developed enough for the audience to believe in no matter how deep the conspiracy goes or how dangerous the action gets.

In this writing masterclass, Lustbader will introduce the class to the techniques used in constructing a gripping, character-driven thriller.

The tutor: Eric Van Lustbader is the author of the long-running Ninja series starring Nicholas Linnear. His friendship with Robert Ludlum began with their shared interest in writing strong characters, and led to Lustbader being chosen to continue the epic Jason Bourne series. The stars of his latest thriller, Any Minute Now, follow in this tradition – heroic, damaged and determined to finish their deadly mission.

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Leading from the Front: The Power of Innovation

Event 88 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“Successful companies not only innovate better than their peers, but they also have clear priority. They know where to most effectively innovate to put clear blue water between themselves and the competition” – Tim Jones

Innovation and leadership are closely linked. Successful companies stay ahead of their competitors, inspiring individuals to bring out the greatness in the people around them. Our panel of experts discusses the secrets of effective leadership across cultures, the power of entrepreneurial spirit, and how we can all keep on innovating.

Carmine Gallo is a communications and leadership expert who focuses on what sets apart the most successful innovators – the ability to tell their product’s story.

Tim Jones created the Innovation Leaders analysis, drawing on 15 years of independent research to provide an annual assessment of the world’s most innovative businesses. His analysis has been published as the book Growth Champions.

Rana Nejem has a background in journalism and PR and learned cross-cultural communication skills that are essential for modern leaders. She founded Yarnu, a company that trains global leaders in protocol and cultural intelligence – the name comes from an Arabic word meaning ‘to look towards, to aspire to with calm and serenity.’

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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In Search of Lost Hats: Live Video Link with Jon Klassen

Event 90 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Jon Klassen
Are you ready for a hilarious hat hunt?

Jon Klassen’s award-winning picture books I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat are loved by children and adults alike for their clever, understated humour. The third part of the ‘hat trilogy’, We Found a Hat, features two shifty-eyed turtles, one fabulous hat, and a struggle between loyalty and temptation. 

Jon will be joining by live video link to talk all about animals, hats and more in this hilarious talk and demonstration of his art.

Check out the trailer for We Found a Hat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwiNmltK1CE

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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Don't Turn Out the Lights: Bernard Minier in Conversation

Event 91 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“The French Pyrenees make a wonderfully atmospheric setting for this complex story of past crimes, madness and revenge.” – Peter Robinson on Bernard Minier.

Commandant Martin Servaz is on leave when he is sent a key card to a hotel room. He soon uncovers evidence of a truly terrifying crime.

Bernard Minier, author of The Frozen Dead, returns with the third Martin Servaz mystery, Don’t Turn Out the Lights. Praised for his mastery of suspense and his intricate, twisty plots, Minier is a two-time winner of the prestigious Prix Polar at the Cognac Crime Festival – and with his novels now translated into English and several other languages, he is drawing acclaim from international critics.

Take a journey to the French Pyrenees, where the snow hides all kinds of secrets…

Language: French

Don't Turn Out the Lights: Bernard Minier in Conversation

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Event 159 Friday 10 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“This idea of globalisation as something Facebook taught us is rubbish – it has been happening for centuries. I’ve tracked Icelandic warriors who travelled to Constantinople.” – Peter Frankopan

Historian Peter Frankopan has described the Silk Roads as “the world's central nervous system" – not only in history, but right now in a world whose centre of economic gravity is shifting eastwards again.

In his ambitious and highly acclaimed The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Frankopan challenges accounts that focus on Europe alone. This talk is a powerful introduction to a new view of global history.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Mad Girl: Bryony Gordon in Conversation

Event 188 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Bryony Gordon
“I went to bed happy and woke up eight and a bit hours later in a state of turmoil, as if I had been abducted by aliens before being returned to my bed with a chip in my head.” – Bryony Gordon

When she was 12, Bryony Gordon developed obsessive-compulsive disorder, seemingly overnight, and has struggled with it ever since. Prompted by the birth of her daughter, she decided to talk publicly about her illness, and wrote Mad Girl, a memoir that confronts horror with humour, in hope of convincing society to take mental health more seriously.

Come along and share in Bryony’s refreshing wit and candid style in this important discussion on mental health.

Language: English

Mad Girl: Bryony Gordon in Conversation

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Peter Dale’s Crossword Enigma (beginners)

Event 842 Friday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Peter Dale
Cryptic crosswords are a great way to sharpen your mind and widen your vocabulary, but getting started can be more than a little intimidating. Peter Dale, back after a sell-out workshop in 2016, will provide practical guidance in the wordplay and hidden meanings of this classic puzzle’s befuddling clues – this time with a distinctly enigmatic twist!

This workshop is beginner level. If you are already a cryptic crossword enthusiast looking to improve your skills, why not check out Peter Dale’s Advanced Enigmas?

The tutor: Peter Dale spent 25 years teaching mathematics at Dubai College; now retired, he has time to enjoy the Guardian’s cryptic crossword at leisure alongside gardening and golf.

Language: English

Check out Peter Dale’s Advanced Enigmas (intermediate/advanced).

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Photography on the Move: Turning Journeys into Visual Stories

Event 856 Friday 10 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Michael Freeman has made a career of telling powerful visual stories. In this masterclass he will share what he has learned from his experiences producing photographic narratives from his journeys all over the world.

Michael has long argued that composition matters a lot more than hardware when it comes to taking top-quality photos. Even your phone’s camera can be used for a whole lot more than selfies – if you develop a photographer’s eye for capturing a story in a picture.

No camera equipment required; notepads will be provided.

The tutor: Michael Freeman is one of the most widely published photographers worldwide. He has lectured and taught workshops on photography all over the world. He was awarded the Prix Louis Phillipe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture. His latest photography book is Fifty Paths to Creative Photography and his latest book of reportage is The Tea Horse Road.

Language: English

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Ten Keys to Successful Political Leadership

Event 26 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“In many ways they are very ill-suited to the powers and responsibilities that they have.” – Anthony Seldon on British politicians

Anthony Seldon is Britain’s leading authority on Prime Ministers and the workings of 10 Downing Street and Whitehall. His historical accounts of modern Prime Ministers include Cameron at 10, which covers the years of David Cameron’s coalition government; his latest book is Cabinet Office and No.10 1916-2016, which details a century of political manoeuvring; and his forthcoming book due later this year will address the peculiarly British obsession of the ‘Special Relationship’ with the USA. On the basis of his lifetime of writing about British politics, he offers leadership advice that current and future politicians would do well to listen to.

Britain is currently experiencing what might generously be called ‘interesting times’ – if anyone can tell how the British political machine will respond, it’s Anthony Seldon.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Micromastery: The Secret Art of the Polymath

Event 85 Friday 10 March, 11:30am-12:30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“Humans are growth machines – we are here to develop and evolve until we die.” – Robert Twigger

Become a master of micromastery!

Author, explorer and polymath Robert Twigger describes micromastery as “mastering a small, discrete, learnable chunk of something much bigger and more inchoate” and “motivational nutrition.” It is a way of learning a new subject not by endless practice but by starting small and picking up a useful new skill, and being prepared for life’s surprises by having a broad set of skills and the ability to learn quickly.

Expect surprising stories, unusual insights, and inspiration for whatever you have planned next on your life’s journey!

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

Event 87 Friday 10 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“The End Game isn’t just Raymond Khoury’s best book in years, it’s one of the best books of 2016!” – The Book Spy

FBI Agent Sean Reilly crosses paths with a man who claims to know the truth about the death of Reilly’s father…

Author and screenwriter Raymond Khoury introduced the characters of Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin in The Last Templar, a gripping tale of mystery and conspiracy, and in every book since the stakes have got higher and the twists more deadly.

Khoury is a master storyteller who honed his craft writing for TV series including Spooks and Waking the Dead – and his mastery of pace and plot translates perfectly to the page.

What’s his secret? Come to this session to find out!

Language: English

The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

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