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Event 29 Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan found fame as Britain’s foremost daytime TV duo, and have since become the nation’s favourite book-loving couple.

In this session Richard & Judy meet with their pick of Festival authors for a live Book Club session.

The Panellists:

Kevin Kwan is the author of Crazy Rich Asians and its sequels China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems – a satire of Singapore’s uber-wealthy that has been a global hit with readers.

Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth was a standout title in the strong 2006 lineup for the Richard & Judy Book Club and picked up a British Book Award that year. The first novel in her major new historical series, The Burning Chambers, will publish in May 2018.

Shari Lapena’s gripping domestic thriller The Couple Next Door was a Richard & Judy pick in 2017 and bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic; her new book is A Stranger in the House.

Language: English

Richard & Judy’s Festival Book Club

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Event 32 But First, Coffee: Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Start your day with a free cup of Costa coffee and a conversation to wake the senses!

Do you know where coffee came from, and how it took over the world? This fun discussion considers the social and cultural importance of our caffeinated friend, and is followed by the prize giving for the Costa Debate.

Ghaya Khalfan Saeed Al Dhahiri is the author of Voice of Al-Rashad, a lavishly illustrated book full of history, stories and poems about the important role coffee plays in the history and culture of the UAE.

Claudia Roden is one of the foremost writers on the anthropology of food and drink; in Coffee: A Connoisseur’s Guide she brought her unique approach to coffee’s fascinating story.

Guest speaker from Costa Coffee to be announced.

This panel is moderated by Aida Al Busaidy.

This session will be followed by the Costa Debate Prize Giving.

Coffee stand will be open from 9:30.

Language: English with Arabic translation

But First, Coffee: Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri

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Event 33 Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Philip Ardagh
Tove Jansson’s Moomins are beloved by children and adults worldwide. Lifelong Moomin fan Philip Ardagh has written The World of Moominvalley, a beautifully illustrated guide to Jansson’s magical world and its inhabitants.

In this family session Philip will introduce the book to Moominfans old and new in his unique larger-than-life style, revisiting the cast of unusual characters, showing how to spot a Moomin, and opening up the Moomin archive to show rarely seen material.

This is a very special session celebrating some of the greatest children’s books of all time – come and visit Moominvalley!

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley

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Event 37 Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance

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

… or can they? Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of beloved children’s books Giraffes Can’t Dance, Be Brave Little Penguin, Dylan the Doctor and many more shares his storytelling magic live on stage.

Learn how Guy creates his lively and loveable animal characters, then enjoy the live drawing and an interactive reading of Giraffes Can’t Dance – there will certainly be dancing, and there may even be an appearance from puppet Gerald the Giraffe! Join in the draw-along, and you’ll leave inspired to create a dancing animal of your own.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance

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Event 38 Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

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

Alex Rider is back by popular demand in the new adrenalin-fuelled novel, Never Say Die.

Anthony Horowitz has brought the world’s greatest teenage spy out of (early) retirement to put an end to Scorpia once and for all. Come and hear about the thrilling mission that throws Alex back into a world of deadly secrets, from Egypt to France, with a minefield of dangers along the way. And listen closely for some hints of what to expect in Alex’s next adventure, Nightshade!

Anthony will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

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Event 810 Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Elissa Elwick
A disco-dancing meerkat? A sweet-eating dinosaur? Create a character and let them run wild in your own mini-comic!

Join illustrator and author Elissa Elwick for an interactive illustration workshop. Young children will be guided to create their own character, and then draw a short comic of their own to take home.

The tutor: Elissa Elwick is a freelance children’s illustrator based out of London’s Fleece Station Studio. She is the co-creator with Philip Ardagh of the Little Adventurers picture books Leafy the Pet Leaf and What Bear? Where? and is the illustrator of the brand new Stick & Fetch series, again with Ardagh, published just in time for the Festival!

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

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Event 841 Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur

Saturday 3 March, 10am-12pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Kirun Kapur
Family memories, members and events can provide rich material for poets. Award-winning poet Kirun Kapur will teach you how to use your family’s history as inspiration for your poems, using examples from contemporary poets and from Kirun’s collection Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. You will then have the chance to work on your own poetry, with Kirun’s guidance.

No previous writing experience is required, but in-progress works are welcome at the session.

The tutor: Kirun Kapur is the poetry editor of The Drum audio literary magazine. Her first collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist, won the Antivenom Poetry Award. In 2015, NBC News named her on its list of Asian-American Poets to Watch.

Language: English

Age Group: 16+

Poetry From Memory: Writing Workshop with Kirun Kapur

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Event 23 Costa Debate Prize Giving

Saturday 3 March, 11am-11.30am   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

The winners of the Costa Debate competition will be announced immediately after the session “But First, Coffee”.

The subject under debate was “Print Books or Ebooks?” There are two prizes up for grabs for the best argument submitted in Arabic, and the best in English: a 10,000AED dnata travel voucher!

The prizes will be awarded by Claudia Roden, Ghaya Al Dhahiri and a representative of Costa Coffee.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Costa Debate Prize Giving

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Event 40 Taaleem Poetry Award Prize Giving

Saturday 3 March, 11.30am-12pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

The Taaleem Poetry Award celebrates young poets. This year’s prize will be presented by award-winning Emirati poet Maryam Mahyoh and beloved author and performer of poetry for adults and children, Roger McGough.

This session is followed by Poetry Pie – a fantastic live performance from Roger McGough and musical poetry maestros LiTTLe MACHiNe!

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Taaleem Poetry Award Prize Giving

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Event 34 Mark Kurlansky: Paging Through History

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

Mark Kurlansky is a master of explaining the world from the perspective of something seemingly innocuous – most famously in his bestselling books Cod and Salt.

In his book Paper: Paging Through History he digs deep into the story behind the now-ubiquitous writing material that made the modern world possible, from its early origins in China, through the print revolution and into the digital age, where people are still finding new uses for it despite the rise of computers.

Tracing insights through Paper, his latest book Havana: A Subtropical Delirium, and his other surprising histories, you’ll find Mark’s eternal curiosity is catching.

Mark will be in conversation with Kevin Hasler.

Language: English

Mark Kurlansky: Paging Through History

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Event 35 A Hero's World: Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zaid Adham, Yasser Alireza

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Batman and Gotham, Ms Marvel and New Jersey, Black Panther and Wakanda – a big part of what defines a hero is the world they defend. Our panel of comics creators journey into the moody cities, ancient deserts and distant worlds of the heroes whose stories they tell in word and picture.

Zaid Adham and Yasser Alireza are the co-creators of Wayl, the story of a man who returns to his home city of Amman, Jordan only to find it in the grip of crime and corruption.

Nnedi Okorafor is writing Antar the Black Knight, a new comics series about pre-Islamic African-Arab legend Antar bin Shaddad; she also recently brought Black Panther and Venom to Lagos for Marvel Comics.

Gabriel Rodriguez is known for the creepy Keyhouse of Locke and Key; he is now working on the genre-bending Arthurian epic Sword of Ages.

This panel is moderated by Mohammed N Al Khan.

Language: English

A Hero's World: Nnedi Okorafor, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zaid Adham, Yasser Alireza

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Event 39 Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Hamad and Saeed are ready for an epic race, between Hamad’s camel … and Saeed’s drone! But who will win? Emirati children’s author Ahmed Al Shoaibi is back by popular demand for more modern-day adventures blended with Emirati culture, following characters Hamad and his sister Ayesha.

Learn more about Emirati identity and values such as heroism and kindness in this fun-filled story session. Ahmed will share his tales in both Arabic and English, so the session is open to all.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 9+

Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

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Event 41 Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Have a slice of Poetry Pie with Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe!

Roger McGough’s poems for children are full of witty wordplay and clever rhymes, and when he teams up with stars of musical poetry LiTTLe MACHiNe the poems come to life! From food and animals to school and ghouls, these rib-tickler rhymes will leave you thinking long after … and humming too!

A morning of fun and laughter to be savoured.

Taaleem Prize winners will be given free tickets to this session.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Age Group: 6+

Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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Event 44 The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Is a city built by its architects or the people who inhabit it?

Dubai is unusual in being a global city that appeared almost overnight. How does a new city acquire its ‘spark’?

Our panel of art, architecture and design and wellbeing experts goes in search of the soul of a city.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Yara Bamieh is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Ramallah; she has worked on conservation, reconstruction and cultural projects in Palestine.

Eric Broug is a master of Islamic geometric design who consults on architectural projects, advising on creative and effective use of Islamic heritage.

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and the author of The Little Book of Lykke, which shares six factors that explain the differences in happiness across the world.

This panel is moderated by Rachel McArthur.

Language: English with Arabic translation

The Soul of a City: Afra Atiq, Yara Bamieh, Eric Broug, Meik Wiking

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Event 58 Katy Hudson: Tortoises, Rabbits and Runaway Eggs

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Katy Hudson
Tortoise just wants to sleep through the winter, but his friends have other ideas…. Prepare to be charmed by Katy Hudson’s long-suffering Tortoise as he goes to ever greater lengths to find a quiet place to nap.

In this enchanting session, Katy will read from her timeless picture books, which include A Loud Winter’s Nap, Too Many Carrots and The Runaway Egg, and will share how she creates her beautiful illustrations, taking the audience through the various stages of her cute and captivating paintings.

The perfect session for little animal lovers!

Katy will be in conversation with Ciaran Kelly.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Katy Hudson: Tortoises, Rabbits and Runaway Eggs

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Event 811 Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Grandma Moudhi is no ordinary grandmother – she’s an Emirati fashionista! And in this new tale she gets lost on a trip to Italy … and joins a Mardi Gras party!

Maitha Al Khayat invites you to this fun workshop of readings and crafts. Wear your best Emirati national dress, or try on some clothes and masks from Maitha’s dressing up box!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is one of the UAE’s most popular illustrators and authors. Her book My Own Special Way won the award for best book in the 2011 Riyadh Children’s Forum and Turn Off the Lights was named Best Picture Book at the Sharjah Publisher’s Forum.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 6-10

Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

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Event 812 Quick Pitch 2: with agent Luigi Bonomi

Saturday 3 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 2: with agent Luigi Bonomi

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Event 847 Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard

Saturday 3 March, 12.30pm-2pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: MG Leonard
Get your imagination crawling with some insect inspiration!

In this creative writing workshop MG Leonard will teach you how to use beautiful beetle postcards as writing prompts. From there, she will take you on a journey of the imagination to build your own beetle-ful story.

The tutor: MG Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling author who is fascinated by creepy crawlies. Her trilogy Beetle Boy, The Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles stars a group of children whose battle against evil is aided by beetles and their real-life superpowers.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 9-11

Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard

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Event 42 Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

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

In a world where heads of state can share every idle thought with the world at the push of a button, what’s a diplomat to do?

Two inspiring young diplomats who came of age in the digital era speak frankly about the state of international relations and how to make sure that technology is used responsibly by those with power.

Thomas Fletcher served as British Ambassador to Lebanon from 2011-2015 and is currently Visiting Professor of International Relations at NYUAD. He is the author of The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age.

Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to France and a leading thinker on moderate Islam and the future of the Arab World. His book Letters to a Young Muslim was published in 2017 to international acclaim.

This panel is moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Digital Diplomacy: Omar Saif Ghobash & Thomas Fletcher

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Event 46 Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton

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

Authors: Alex Wheatle
Mo has to survive a difficult home, the dangerous South Crong streets – and when things get really bad, her own urge for revenge…

Brixton Bard Alex Wheatle, winner of the Guardian Children’s Prize, had a challenging childhood in the UK care system, and has gone on to become a celebrated writer, active in promoting diverse voices in literature. His Crongton series – Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights and the latest book Straight Outta Crongton – tells the story of teenagers growing up in a fictional tough London estate. Streetwise humour and tenderness shine through as the characters struggle to hold on to their dreams.

Alex will be in conversation with Robert Mitchell.

Language: English

Age Group: 15+

Alex Wheatle: Straight Outta Crongton

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