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Wed 7 March 2018

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Event 839 Essential Skills Masterclass 1: Literary Translation into Arabic

Wednesday 7 March, 9am-10.30am   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

Acclaimed translator and author Samar Mahfouz Barraj will lead a masterclass on translating literature into Arabic, looking at the wide range of potential genres and topics, and covering both adult and children’s literature. The session will focus on the key skills needed to bring the narrative to life in a different language while retaining its authenticity and cultural context and will include practical examples and key tips for translators.

For translators, publishers and writers

Samar Mahfouz Barraj is the author and translator of more than 40 books, many of which have been shortlisted for awards around the Middle East, and winner of the Beirut International Book Fair children’s prize with My Grandmother Will Always Remember Me and the Arab Thought Foundation’s Kitabi prize for When My Friend Got Sick.

Language: Arabic

Essential Skills Masterclass 1: Literary Translation into Arabic

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Event 840 Essential Skills Masterclass 2: Editing Arabic

Wednesday 7 March, 11am-12.30pm   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

Mohammad Rabie will share his knowledge and passion for nuanced, detailed and effective fiction editing in Arabic from his many years’ experience in publishing as well as from the other side of the editorial relationship as a successful author. This masterclass will develop and refresh editorial skills for editors to help authors shape their manuscript into the best book it can be, and offer an insight into the editorial process for new editors and writers.

For publishers and editors looking to develop their skills, and authors wanting to learn about the editorial process.

Mohammad Rabie is an editor at Dar Al-Tanweer Publishers and the award-winning author of Amber Planet, Year of the Dragon, and the IPAF-shortlisted Otared.

Language: Arabic

Essential Skills Masterclass 2: Editing Arabic

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Event 131 Publishing in Translation: From Choosing the Book to Finding the Reader

Wednesday 7 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

With the huge number of new titles published each year, how should publishers choose which books to translate – and anticipate what will be successful in translation? This panel will examine the market for books in translation, the relationship between author, translator and editor, and, critically, how to find the readers.

This panel is moderated by Lana Shamma.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Publishing in Translation: From Choosing the Book to Finding the Reader

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Event 132 Children’s Publishing: What do Children Want to Read?

Wednesday 7 March, 3pm-4pm   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

Children’s publishing is a vibrant market internationally, and growing fast in the Arab world. It’s crucial to know which books and formats will most engage children, and ensure they are getting the books they actually want to read. What are the opportunities and challenges, and how can we encourage this generation to buy and read more books?

This panel is moderated by Bernard Hatem.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Children’s Publishing: What do Children Want to Read?

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Event 133 Evolving Book Marketing and Distribution in the Arab World

Wednesday 7 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm   Al Amwaj, InterContinental

Publishers must grasp every opportunity to showcase new talent and established writers and bring them to a wider audience. How can we develop marketing and distribution across the region to move the industry forward to a brighter future?

Language: Arabic & English with translation

Evolving Book Marketing and Distribution in the Arab World

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Event 145 Confronting Horror: Mohammad Rabie & Ahmed Saadawi

Wednesday 7 March, 7pm-8pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How are Arab authors confronting violence and unrest in their societies?

Two highly acclaimed authors who have tackled this issue head on discuss what it takes to write about people trying to survive in a violent society, how they stand up for their community, what hopes they hold on to – and what happens when a ‘hero’ turns the violence against their tormentors.

Mohammad Rabie is the author of Otared, an unflinching and grisly journey to a near-future Egypt riven by corruption and conflict.

Ahmed Saadawi is the author of Frankenstein in Baghdad, in which an oddball scavenger stitches together a corpse from body parts and unwittingly unleashes havoc on his city.

This panel is moderated by Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Confronting Horror: Mohammad Rabie & Ahmed Saadawi

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Event 67 Lion: Screening and Talk with Saroo Brierley

Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm-10pm   Screen 5, Novo Cinemas

When Saroo Brierley was just five years old, he got lost after boarding a train without his family and ended up living alone on the streets of Calcutta, far from a hometown he couldn’t name. Years later, living in Australia, he began a search that would change his life.

The book A Long Way Home is the story of that search and his reunion with his birth mother. A bestseller in Australia, the book gained global fame when it was adapted as the BAFTA-winning film Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

This screening, held in partnership with Dubai International Film Festival, is preceded by a talk by Saroo on the story behind the film and the new book he is currently writing – a ‘prequel’ about his adoptive and birth mothers in Australia and India.

Saroo will be in conversation with Fiona Lindsay.

Language: English

Lion: Screening and Talk with Saroo Brierley

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