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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Event 106 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle.” – Bettany Hughes

Istanbul – the city once known as Byzantium and Constantinople – has a proud history as a gateway between East and West and the heart of multiple civilisations.

Bettany Hughes returns to the Festival to introduce us to one of the world’s oldest and most influential global cities in a new cultural history Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities. The longest-lived political entity in Europe, Istanbul has been home to many different peoples and cultures; archaeologists have measured forty-two human habitation layers in the city that has been called home by everyone from Phoenicians to Vikings.

Bettany Hughes, a captivating presenter of history known for her TV and radio series such as Genius of the Ancient World and Ancient Ways and her books The Hemlock Cup and Helen of Troy, is the perfect person to lead us on a journey into the layers of history in Istanbul.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Tender Hands

Event 832 Saturday 11 March, 3pm-4pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Noura Al Khoori’s picture book The Tender Hands tells the powerful story of Majd and his family, who are displaced by war but find hope through ‘tender hands’ – the people who come together to build a new home for the struggling refugees.

In this workshop, Noura will read from the book before leading the group in arts and crafts activities, making paper hands on which they can write good deeds they plan to do, and a display board where they can pin the hands.

The tutor: Noura Al Khoori is the author of popular picture books Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo and Golden Dates. She has also been involved in writing short stories for animated films and apps and is one of the scriptwriters for the Arabic version of Sesame Street, Iftah Ya Simsim.

Age: 7-11 years

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The ‘Ladies Lounge’ Book Group Meeting

Event 218 Saturday 11 March, 4:30pm-5:30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Nine days of literary celebration are nearly over. This session is an opportunity for reflection on how important attending cultural events is for everyone, and a chance for book club members to discuss the sessions they have attended, their highlights of the Festival and the new writers they have discovered.

Chaired by Rola Al Mzainy, Projects Coordinator for Esterahat Sayedat.

Language: Arabic

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I'll Make a Man Out of You

Event 111 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“Notions such as manliness are old hat now, best forgotten.” – Robert Twigger

From debates about emotional literacy to revelations of ‘locker room talk’ in politics, the dark side of masculinity is under intense scrutiny. Is there more to ‘manliness’ than aggression and crudeness? Each member of our panel has their own unique take on this subject – come along and share in the debate!

Andy Miller has written about the manliest of pursuits in Tilting at Windmills – an attempt to make sense of the laddish obsession with sport.

Bader Najeeb was pressured to give up his dreams of being a chef because baking ‘is a woman’s domain’, but he chose instead to challenge stereotypes with his online cooking show.

Sarah Outen has challenged the expectation that perilious journeys are exclusively male territory – she recently completed a solo journey around the world by boat, kayak and bike.

Robert Twigger’s Being a Man and Real Men Eat Puffer Fish put the pursuit of risk at the heart of the manly ideal.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Dinosaurs, Monsters and Aliens!

Event 113 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Smriti Prasadam-Halls brings a loud, lively session full of dinosaurs, monsters and aliens in a celebration of her brilliant picture books T-Veg, Don’t Call Me Sweet and the all-new My Alien and Me.

Smriti’s interactive sessions are an unmissable experience for the youngest children and parents who want to read – and laugh – along with them.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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There May Be a Castle

Event 114 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Piers Torday
Albert Mallory – nicknamed Mouse – is travelling with his mother and his sisters when he is flung from the car and wakes up in a strange and exciting new world. He and his new friends are looking for a castle, but why? And who is watching them from the woods? Meanwhile, in the wreckage of the car, Mouse’s sister Violet has to use all her wits to save her mother and younger sister from danger.

This powerful new book from Piers Torday, author of the acclaimed Last Wild trilogy, is about love, death, and stories – and two brave children’s quests to protect their family.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

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Hamad and Ayesha’s Emirates Adventures

Event 196 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Khayma, InterContinental

Who would win in a race – a camel or a drone? What would you do if you ran into a ghost on the holiday of Gergi’an? Find out in these brand new tales about Emirati life.

Ahmed Al Shoaibi’s series of stories shares the exciting world of the UAE through the eyes of a young Emirati boy, Hamad. Join him on his adventures through the deserts and big city wonders of the UAE. And now Hamad’s sister Ayesha has her own series of books – find out what our new hero has in store as she seeks out adventures of her own.

Ahmed is committed to sharing his nation’s traditions and culture in a vibrant and accessible way – through these colourful stories of Emirati children and their community.

He presents his interactive sessions in Arabic and English, and will delight children and parents alike.

Language: Arabic, English 

Age Group: 6+

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Learn Arabic Through the Art of Drama

Event 846 Saturday 11 March, 10am-12pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Do you want your children to learn Arabic in an unconventional way – through play, drama and fun? Then ArabRama’s workshop is exactly what you are looking for!

ArabRama believes in teaching a love of Arabic through drama activities in which children connect to the language by acting out a story, which helps them relate Arabic words to their feelings.

Children who are learning Arabic and those who want to get started are all welcome to attend this workshop.

The tutors: Samar Al Mashta is the founder of ArabRama. She believes that children of all nationalities can learn to love the Arabic language if given the chance to learn it in a fun way. She previously worked for Al Arabiya TV channel as a producer and reporter.

Abir Wakil is Arabrama’s organiser and supervisor of activities, with substantial experience in stage and TV training and event coordination.

Kamiran Kanjo is an actor and producer who has starred in ten TV series, five movies and several stage plays.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 7-12

Learn Arabic Through the Art of Drama

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Caribbean Playground

Event 848 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11.30am Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Nadia L Hohn
It’s Carnival time, and Malaika needs a costume so she can dance in the parade. Her mother moved abroad to find a good job, but the money she sent for the costume hasn’t arrived – so Malaika and her grandmother are going to have to get creative!

Explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that Malaika would learn and play in her schoolyard. This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume, musical instruments, and storytelling!

The tutor: Nadia L Hohn is a teacher, artist, musician and author whose first picture book, Malaika’s Costume, won the Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Book Award 2014. She is currently working on a middle grade novel and a new picture book, Malaika’s Smile.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

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How to Construct a Novel: From Idea to Submission

Event 849 Saturday 11 March, 10am-12pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

What does it take to turn a two-sentence idea into a complete novel? Author and editor Victoria Lustbader is here to show you what you need to do to complete your work, whether you are stuck on that first idea, in the midst of writing or sitting on a finished manuscript but not sure if it’s any good!

Just bring along your own two-sentence idea for a novel – whether it’s one you intend to write or not – and Lustbader will pick an example or two from everyone’s idea and lead the group through the process of preparing to write The Book.

The tutor: Victoria Lustbader is both a published author and a professional editor. Her editing work has included editing Analog Magazine and Senior Editor for SF/Fantasy at Berkeley Publishing Group; she currently divides her time between her own writing and editing the books of her husband, Eric Van Lustbader. Her critically-acclaimed books include Stone Creek, Hidden and Approaching the Speed of Light.

Language: English

How to Construct a Novel: From Idea to Submission

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Taking the High Road

Event 86 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Ram Buxani
“What we saw was Dubai jumping up and walking straight into the 21st century.” – Ram Buxani

When Ram Buxani arrived in Dubai, the UAE had not yet been founded, Dubai did not have electricity and Sheikh Rashid was just beginning his ambitious plan to modernise the city. Buxani, chairman of the ITL Group and one of the most influential Indians in the Arab world, wrote his biography Taking the High Road – published in Arabic and English – in hope of capturing the spirit of this time of change.

In this session, you will have a chance to hear from one of the most influential Indians in the Arab World, who was a witness of and contributor to Dubai’s rise.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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The Elephant's Journey

Event 115 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Abu Al Abbas is an elephant on the journey of a lifetime. Accompanied by his keeper, Ishan, he sets off from Baghdad for Europe, where he will be presented as the Caliph’s gift to the Emperor.

How will he survive travelling across seas and mountains to his new home?

This exciting session from Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi, author of the award-winning books The Birds’ Journey to Mount Qaf and The Animals vs the Humans at the Court of the King of the Jinn, tells the true story of one of history’s most famous elephants, who was given by Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid to Emperor Charlemagne. History did not record what the elephant thought of this – so Hooda sets the record straight!

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 12+

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Birds of the Middle East

Event 116 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Richard Porter, Middle East Advisor to BirdLife International, founder of OSME and author of Birds of the Middle East, the definitive guide to the region's birdlife, is in Dubai to launch the long-awaited Arabic edition of Birds of the Middle East – a valuable book that will be of great help to the growing community of Arabic-speaking birders.

Joining him on the panel are:

Ahmed Al Ali, an Emirati wildlife photographer and member of the Emirates Bird Records Committee, whose graduate studies focused on the Arabian Collared Kingfisher, an endangered species endemic to the UAE.

Oscar Campbell, chairman of the Emirates Birds Records Committee, who was awarded the 2013 Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohammed Prize for Natural History for his conservation work.

The panel is moderated by Peter Hellyer, who is himself a founding member of the EBRC and was closely involved with the publication of Porter and Aspinall’s Birds of the United Arab Emirates.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold for Change

Event 117 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“When a woman succeeds, she reaches out to those around her and pulls them up with her. That is why if you empower a woman, you empower a whole society.” – Queen Rania of Jordan

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have brought together a diverse panel of authors to discuss the theme ‘Be Bold For Change.’ Three inspiring women who have made changes in their countries, and an equally inspiring man who has stood up for equality time and again, speak about their own experiences and about what can be done to empower women, achieve gender equality, and bring about positive change.

Candy Gourlay started changing the world at a young age when she wrote for the political magazine Mr&Ms Special Edition; she continues making a difference as an author of award-winning children’s books.

Jo Malone is an entrepreneur who has overcome adversity to found one of the best-known perfume brands on the planet – and then created a new brand from scratch - Jo Loves.

Kei Miller is the author of Augustown, a book that has been praised for its strong female characters. He joins the panel as a male ally who has spoken up repeatedly for women’s rights.

Noura Al Noman is the author of the Ajwan trilogy, a young adult science fiction series that has broken new ground in Emirati writing; she is also the pioneering founder of the publishing house Manuscript 5229.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold for Change

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Railhead: A Train Ride to the Stars

Event 119 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Philip Reeve
'I started to realise that trains are far stranger and more romantic than any spaceship.'' – Philip Reeve

Black Light Express, the sequel to Railhead, is the latest epic adventure from Philip Reeve. In this new series, the wild imagination of the man who brought us the ravenous moving cities of Mortal Engines – now being adapted to a major motion picture by the team who made the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films – takes us once again into the far future. Sentient trains cross the galaxy on the Great Network and petty thief Zen Starling rides them to new frontiers of pilferage – until one poorly thought-out crime sends him on an unexpected and dangerous journey.

Language: English

Age Group: 12+

Railhead: A Train Ride to the Stars

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A Crime and a Place

Event 193 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“Ever since I’d first gone to Cairo, I had wanted to write about this fascinating place, a vast city full of amazing history and a modernity which is completely skewed.” – Jamal Mahjoub

In fiction, the scene of the crime is often as important as the criminal and the detective – and in the best crime novels, the setting and the characters reflect each other in ways that reveal deeper truths.

Our international panel discusses the vital role place plays in their work.

The steep social contours of modern Mumbai define the villain of Piyush Jha’s Raakshas, who takes full advantage of the city’s ills to achieve his goal of becoming ‘India’s No.1 Serial Killer.’

The relationship between exiled detective Makana and his adopted city of Cairo is central to the mysteries of Jamal Mahjoub (writing as Parker Bilal). So what happens when the events of Dark Water take Makana to unfamiliar and dangerous Istanbul?

The mountains of the French Pyrenees are the beautiful but deadly setting of Bernard Minier’s books – proving that the countryside can be every bit as dangerous as the city.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Screenwriting: Creating A Dramatic Scene

Event 817 Saturday 11 March, 12pm-2pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Adnan Alaoda
In this interactive workshop taught by screenwriter Adnan Alaoda, you will have a chance to learn a crucial writing skill – how to perfect a key dramatic scene in your script.

Focusing on a single scene for a TV or cinema script, Alaoda will teach you how to construct a truly gripping turning point for your narrative. He will go over the types of scene and the necessary components needed for immersive, dramatic storytelling.

Adnan Alaoda is a Syrian poet and screenwriter and the Event Manager of Al Rewaq Cultural and Artistic Event Center Dubai.

His TV work includes Finjan Al Adam, Abwab Al Ghaym, and a series about the poetry of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

His plays include Zabib and Khail Taiha, which won the Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Arab Theatre Festival Award.

He is also the author of a poetry collection, Sakran Al Majanine.

Language: Arabic

Screenwriting: Creating A Dramatic Scene

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Researching Your Novel

Event 847 Saturday 11 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Jill Dawson
Just because you’re writing fiction doesn’t mean you can escape research! If you want readers to stay immersed in your story then understanding the principles of good research is vital.

Jill Dawson is known for the meticulous research in her novels like Fred and Edie and The Crime Writer; books that feature real people brought to life by her attention to detail. This workshop, suitable for writers of all levels, will help you get the details right.

The tutor: Jill Dawson is the author of the novels The Crime Writer, The Tell-Tale Heart, Fred and Edie and more, as well as poetry, short stories and screenplays. She has been shortlisted for the Orange and Whitbread Prizes, and has taught creative writing at Amherst College Massachusetts, the National University of Singapore and the University of East Anglia.

Language: English

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Poetry, People and Power: a Testimony by Mourid Barghouti and Tamim Barghouti

Event 66 Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

From the Six Day War to the 2011 Uprisings, from yearning for home in Exile, to alienation upon return and from the silent solitude of writing a poem, to the thunderous applause of reading it on stage in packed amphitheatres and stadiums; Mourid Barghouti and Tamim Barghouti talk about their personal experiences with Poetry, People and Power  Palestine, Egypt and the entire Arab World.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Poetry, People and Power: a Testimony by Mourid Barghouti and Tamim Barghouti

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The Map of Wondering

Event 120 Saturday 11 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“If there is nothing to say… then say what can’t be talked about.” – Bothayna Al Essa

Bothayna Al Essa’s novel The Map of Wondering takes us on a journey of questioning and searching for possible answers deep between reality and illusion. In the Alleys of Wonder, crime, cruelty and hunger test the inhabitants’ very humanity….

Bothayna Al Essa entered the literary world in a brave way, talking about difficult issues in poetic language that both challenges and inspires readers. This is a chance to hear from the author’s own mouth how she approaches her craft.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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