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Event 1 An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith

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

Join us for an hour of mischief, laughter and master storytelling with one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. Author of more than 100 books including the internationally bestselling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and Corduroy Mansions series, McCall Smith was recently awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor for Achievement in Literature by The National Arts Club of America.

Alexander will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith

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Event 2 Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Superstar children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has created some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, from the mischievous Tracy Beaker to the headstrong Hetty Feather.

Her new book, Wave Me Goodbye, tells the moving story of 10-year-old Shirley, an evacuee in the Second World War who is sent to live in a strange old house with the mysterious Mrs Waverley….

Travel back in time with Shirley, Hetty and many more in Jacqueline’s capable hands.

There will be no public book signing at this session, but printed book plates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with each book purchased at the Festival Bookshop.

The lucky first 200 ticket buyers will have a chance to meet Jacqueline for a special book signing and photo.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls

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Event 31 Hats Off to Jon Klassen (Live Video Link)

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Jon Klassen
He’s taken us on hat adventures galore, and now Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Jon Klassen joins us live from the US to talk about his brand new tales with Mac Barnett. Triangle is the start of a hilarious new trilogy about sneaky shapes and geometric prankery, and The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse reveals the surprising upsides of being eaten by a wolf!

Join Jon for a chucklefest of readings, demonstrations of his work and maybe even some sneak peeks at his future projects!

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Check out the trailer for The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse below:

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Hats Off to Jon Klassen (Live Video Link)

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Event 126 Melissa Hemsley: Eat Happy

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

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

The 130 recipes in Eat Happy use everyday ingredients and can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

Melissa is one half of Hemsley + Hemsley, sisters, co-authors, TV presenters and entrepreneurs with their own café at Selfridges London. Committed to spreading the message of healthy eating, in this session she will discuss some of the ways you can make the meals you deserve.

Melissa will be in conversation with Natalie Long.

Language: English

Melissa Hemsley: Eat Happy

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Event 801 Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Katy Hudson
Meet Rabbit, Tortoise and Bird in a creative workshop for little ones with bestselling author and illustrator, Katy Hudson.

Gather round for a reading of Too Many Carrots, the story of Rabbit, whose carrot-hoarding leads to trouble for his well-meaning friends! Then roll up your sleeves to create your own rabbit- and carrot-themed crafts to take home.

The tutor: Katy Hudson is a widely-praised bestselling author whose instant classic Too Many Carrots was described as ‘simultaneously sassy and sweet’ by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of The Runaway Egg, Bear and Duck and more.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 4-8

Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson

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Event 809 The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham

Friday 2 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Majlis, InterContinental

How do you write the perfect crime? Bestselling author Mark Billingham is a master of suspense, and in this class he’ll lift the lid on the secrets of creating a twisty, page-turning mystery. The masterclass begins with a lecture on the ‘rules’ of crime writing – and everything you need to know about ignoring them! – before opening up the discussion in an in-depth Q&A.

The tutor: Mark Billingham is a two-time winner of the Crime Novel of the Year award for his acclaimed series starring DI Tom Thorne. The latest Thorne novel is Love Like Blood, while his latest standalone is Die of Shame.

Language: English

The 'Rules' of Crime Fiction: Masterclass with Mark Billingham

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Event 4 Kate Mosse: 1818-2018 Frankenstein at 200

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Kate Mosse
In 1818, Mary Shelley's Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published. It was an instant sensation: a story of love and rejection; of over-reaching ambition; of the nature of life and immortality. To celebrate the bicentenary, bestselling novelist Kate Mosse will consider why the story of Dr Frankenstein and his Creature continues to exert such a strong hold on our imaginations. Placing Frankenstein within the wider tradition of Gothic fiction, from Walpole, Radcliffe and Stoker to modern day masters and mistresses of the genre such as Stephen King and Sarah Waters, she will use examples from page, stage and screen to illustrate why this extraordinary novel is as powerful today as it ever was.

Language: English

Kate Mosse: 1818-2018 Frankenstein at 200

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Event 5 James Dashner: The Maze Runner

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: James Dashner
James Dashner’s epic Maze Runner series is an international phenomenon. The first book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks and two of the books have been adapted as blockbuster movies starring Dylan O’Brien, with part 3, The Death Cure, hitting cinema screens worldwide in early 2018.

In his first visit to the Festival, hear from the author himself how he created Thomas, WICKED and the Gladers, as well as his other series such as the mind-bending Mortality Doctrine and dimension-hopping 13th Reality.

James will be in conversation with Daniel Patrick LeBlanc.

Language: English

Age Group: 12+

James Dashner: The Maze Runner

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Event 13 Mark Vanhoenacker: A Journey with a Pilot

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker’s Skyfaring, a poetic exploration of the emotional power of travelling through the air, struck a chord with readers worldwide and was hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times and the Economist.

His follow-up, How to Land a Plane, is a short tour of the cockpit during the most challenging part of the flight and shows how even the crucial technical details contain their own magic.

Vanhoenacker brings a boyish wonder back into flying; once you see it through his eyes, you’ll never look at planes the same way again.

Mark will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Mark Vanhoenacker: A Journey with a Pilot

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Event 64 Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Julia Johnson
In a remote mountain village of the UAE, in the grip of a deadly drought, a young girl falls into a cave and makes a discovery which could save her people… if only she could reach them!

Award-winning UAE-based author, Julia Johnson, is famed for her gripping stories about the history, culture and wildlife of the region, from the Kirkus-starred book The Leopard Boy, to winner of the International Children’s Book award, The Turtle Secret. In her trademark warm storytelling style, Julia will transport us to the beautiful, and sometimes dangerous, mountainous regions in her brand new book, The Secret of the Cave.

Language: English

Age Group: 7+

Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave

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Event 155 Meik Wiking: The Little Book of Lyyke

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Meik Wiking
The Little Book of Hygge was a runaway success and redefined ‘contentment’ for the world. Author Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, has been called ‘the Indiana Jones of smiles’ – and now he’s back on a new quest to unlock the doors to happiness (or lyyke) for us all!

Wiking’s native Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world, but he believes that the secrets of happiness are hidden around the globe. From how we spend our time to how we relate to neighbours and cook dinner, join him to discover how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

Meik will be in conversation with Christopher Bradley.

Language: English

Meik Wiking: The Little Book of Lyyke

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Event 802 Quick Pitch 1: with agent Luigi Bonomi

Friday 2 March, 12pm-2pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Luigi Bonomi
Are you ready to pitch your novel? You have five minutes to present your one-page synopsis, 50-word back cover blurb and the first five pages of your manuscript. Literary Agent Luigi Bonomi will use his vast experience in the publishing industry – representing authors including Alan Titchmarsh, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan as well as eight Montegrappa Writing Prize Winners – to tell you if your book has a chance and what it takes to get that coveted publishing deal.

Come prepared with your best pitch!

The festival will contact you by the end of February with the exact time of your slot.

Language: English

Quick Pitch 1: with agent Luigi Bonomi

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Event 803 Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Eric Broug
Would you love to be an artist, designer or architect when you grow up?

Eric Broug, an expert in Islamic geometric design, is here to teach you the secrets of this amazing art form found throughout the Islamic world.

Using templates, he’ll take you through a step-by-step approach to create your own intricate patterns!

The tutor: Eric Broug is a designer specialising in Islamic geometric design. He studied Islamic design at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London and has made a career of his passion. In 2014 he founded the UK-Based School of Islamic Geometric Design.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 10-14

Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug

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Event 842 Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

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

In this hands-on workshop Guy will teach the art of using facial expressions to show what characters are thinking and feeling. In a fun-packed live draw, he will go through the tricks to create funny faces galore, and then it’s your turn to draw and paint your own expressive characters in a simple story.

The tutor: Guy Parker-Rees is an illustrator and author of children’s books, including the beloved Giraffes Can’t Dance with Giles Andreae. He is also the creator of Dylan, the excitable stripy dog with a big imagination.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-10

Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees

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Event 843 Spoken Word Slam!: Workshop with Harry Baker

Friday 2 March, 1.30pm-3pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Harry Baker
Learn the fast-talking, tongue-twisting art of slam poetry from Poetry Slam Weltmeister Harry Baker!

This spoken word performance workshop is designed to inspire and encourage you to create your own performance piece, and to draw on your own personal experiences as material for your work. Fun, interactive and confidence-boosting, this workshop is suited to teenage poets of any level of experience.

The tutor: Harry Baker is a world champion slam poet, occasional rap-battler and author of The Sunshine Kid, his debut collection. His performances have delighted audiences in acclaimed TED talks and sold-out Edinburgh Fringe shows.

Language: English

Age Group: 13-18

Spoken Word Slam!: Workshop with Harry Baker

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Event 3 Floella Benjamin: Coming to England

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Actress, author, filmmaker and politician, Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE became beloved by a generation as the presenter of the UK children’s programme Play School.

In this inspiring talk for children and adults, she revisits her childhood memoir Coming to England – recently republished in a beautifully illustrated 20th anniversary edition – and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960.

Today, Floella is dedicated to supporting children, and her lessons in overcoming prejudice, embracing confidence and breaking barriers will captivate every generation.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Floella Benjamin: Coming to England

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Event 8 Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Rhianna Pratchett’s remarkable career has seen her redefine video game storytelling, rebooting the Tomb Raider series and creating whole new worlds in Mirror’s Edge and Heavenly Sword. She also works to preserve the legacy of her father, Terry Pratchett, and his beloved Discworld books, ensuring that forthcoming adaptations of The Wee Free Men, The Watch and others are faithful to his vision and unique sense of humour. She is currently developing a TV series set in the world of the Arabian Nights.

Join us for this exploration of Rhianna’s writing and filmmaking careers, the challenges of reinventing gaming icon Lara Croft, and the importance of plenty of tea-drinking!

Language: English

Rhianna Pratchett: The Rise of the Tomb Raider

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Event 11 Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

In a world first, prepare to meet girl & dog detective duo Stick & Fetch – published early especially for the Festival!

Author-illustrator duo Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick, creators of the charming Little Adventurers books, have collaborated once again to bring us Sally Stick and her shaggy French poodle Fetch, hapless detectives who leave a trail of mayhem behind them.

Towering Philip and petite Elissa bring their tag-team stage act of storytelling, hand puppets, live drawing and general silliness to Dubai for the first time – you’d be barking mad to miss it!!

Language: English

Age Group: 5+

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick

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Event 12 Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

When Isabella’s best friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. With ink maps and her knowledge of the stars, can she navigate her island’s forgotten heart to find her friend?

Unbreakable friendships, dark secrets and legendary monsters abound in Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s bestselling and multi-award winning The Girl of Ink & Stars. Compared to fantasy greats such as Philip Pullman, Kiran’s star continues to rise with latest novel, The Island at the End of Everything.

Come and hear about Kiran’s love for myth and folklore – and why islands make such magical fictional worlds.

Kiran will be in conversation with Sally Mousa.

Language: English

Age Group: 8+

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars

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Event 59 Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

More than 100 years have passed since the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement set in motion the division of the Arab World by European powers. What does history teach us about the problems facing the region today? And has global media helped or hindered the search for stability?

Thomas Fletcher is the former UK Ambassador to Lebanon and author of The Naked Diplomat, an exploration of the impact of technology on international relations.

Eugene Rogan is the director of the Middle East Centre at Oxford, and author of The Arabs: A History, recently updated to explore the violence that followed the 2011 uprisings.

Dima Wannous is a Syrian novelist, journalist and translator; her latest book, The Frightened, explores the depths of fear in contemporary Syria.

This panel is moderated by Mishaal Al Gergawi.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Lessons from the Levant: Thomas Fletcher, Eugene Rogan & Dima Wannous

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