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Event 072 Chevron Readers' Cup 2018: Prize Giving

Thursday 8 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

It’s time to award the prizes in the 2018 Chevron Readers’ Cup. For the last few months more than 200 teams of students from all over the Gulf region have been preparing and competing in this test of close-reading skill.

The winning teams will be presented with their prizes by festival authors Mouhannad Alakous and Holly Webb.

Language: Arabic, English

Chevron Readers' Cup 2018: Prize Giving

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Event 141 Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

Thursday 8 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

UAE-based children's author Rachel Hamilton – with the help of an eternally optimistic unicorn named Louie – will explore what it's like to give life to characters who don't actually exist... Except maybe they do!

Rachel is a Festival favourite and the author of the Unicorn in New York series as well as The Case of the Exploding Loo and The Case of the Exploding Brains. Join her for an afternoon of hairbrained stories and writing inspiration for kids of all ages.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

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Event 99 Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Mohammed Hasan Alwan won the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for A Small Death, a historical fiction novel about the great Sufi scholar Ibn Arabi.

Following Ibn Arabi on his extensive travels through the 12th Century Islamic world, A Small Death examines the evolution of one of the best known Arab scholars of all time against the backdrop of a colourful but tumultuous period of history, full of details of the traditions of the cities he visited and the insights this gave him into the human soul.

In this session Alwan will discuss this powerful book and what he learned while writing it.

Mohammed will be in conversation with Bilal Orfali.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Mohammed Hasan Alwan: A Small Death

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Event 83 Poetry of the Gulf: A Celebration

Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

In an exciting showcase of poetry of the Arabian Gulf, celebrated poets from Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE come together for a one-time performance – showing why the spoken word holds such a central place in Khaleeji culture.

Mohammed Al Mubarak is a Bahraini poet and a Former Member of Board of Directors of the Association of Nabati Poetry. He represented Bahrain in the third season of Million’s Poet.

Khamis Matar Alketbi is an Emirati poet honoured by HH Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Nahyan in 2017 as “best young poet in his generation.”

Maryam Mahyoh is an Emirati poet whose accomplishments include performing in the National Day celebrations in Zayed Military City, and winning first place in the poetry competition of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding.

Khaled Al Mwayhan is a Kuwaiti poet, Director of Poetry Media Center and an organiser of poetry festivals throughout the region.

Hosted by Fahad Al Mamari.

Language: Arabic

Poetry of the Gulf: A Celebration

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Event 113 International Women's Day: Press for Progress

Thursday 8 March, 8pm-9pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Thursday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and to celebrate we have gathered a panel of top writers to discuss the global movement for gender equality.

Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi is a Saudi historian and outspoken advocate for women’s rights; her most recent book looks at the prominent role women played in the Nabatean civilisation.

Kamila Shamsie is an award-winning novelist whose Home Fire was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. She is in the fourth generation of women writers in her family.

Dr Rafia Ghubash is a trailblazer in UAE society: President of the Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology and today, Founder of The Women’s Museum in Dubai and author of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Emirati Women.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the acclaimed memoir Wild, and is a champion of female empowerment through mentoring and advocacy.

This panel is moderated by Jenni Murray.

Language: English with Arabic translation

International Women's Day: Press for Progress

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