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Event 75 Robert McCrum: Every Third Thought

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Robert McCrum
Is it possible to make peace with death?

Writer and critic Robert McCrum’s first brush with death came with a stroke at the age of 42, which left him unavoidably aware of his own mortality. His book My Year Off, an account of his recovery, has proved invaluable to patients, doctors and nurses in the years since.

In his new book Every Third Thought, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, he takes readers on a journey accompanied by some of his favourite authors who share their own wisdom on death and how to face it.

Robert will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Robert McCrum: Every Third Thought

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Event 76 The World of David Walliams

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Number one bestselling children’s author, talent show judge and actor David Walliams returns to Dubai to reveal all about his latest laugh-out-loud books!

The author of The Midnight Gang, Grandpa’s Great Escape and new book Bad Dad (about a wild scheme to return stolen loot!) will be talking to his friend and fellow author Andy Riley about hilariously horrible kids, gangsta grannies and ssspectacularly surprising snakes. If that wasn’t enough, there will be a special guest appearance by David’s illustrator, Tony Ross….

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

The World of David Walliams

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Event 77 Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Andy Weir
Andy Weir shot to fame with The Martian, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong. Fans adored the humorous and scientifically plausible story, which won Weir the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and was adapted as a hugely successful film starring Matt Damon.

In this live video link session from his home in the US, Weir will reveal all about his Martian adventure and his new novel Artemis, in which smuggler Jazz Bashara gets caught up in a conspiracy in the first city on the moon.

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

Andy will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

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Event 136 Leadership Lessons from Dubai: Rakesh Wahi & Tommy Weir

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

What leadership lessons does Dubai have for the world?

Two authorities on business leadership discuss what it takes to succeed in a complex, competitive and fast-moving world.

Rakesh Wahi is a distinguished serial entrepreneur, chairman of CMA Investment Holdings, co-founder of ABN Group and co-founder of Trans National Education. His autobiography Be a Lion invites readers to live fearlessly.

Dr Tommy Weir is one of the foremost authorities on leadership in emerging markets. He has helped more than 3,000 executives reach peak performance and his book Leadership Dubai Style was a finalist in the 2016 International Book Awards.

This panel is moderated by Eithne Treanor.

Language: English

Leadership Lessons from Dubai: Rakesh Wahi & Tommy Weir

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Event 146 When Cultures Collide: Siobhan Fallon & Nadia Hashimi

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

An Afghani woman’s husband is found dead, and she stands accused. An American woman in Jordan leaves her son with a friend and mysteriously goes missing. Global views, rights and sisterhood collide in these new novels by two American writers, who each bring strands of their own stories into their fiction.

Nadia Hashimi is an Afghan-American internationally bestselling author, public speaker and paediatrician. Her award-winning adult novels include: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, When the Moon is Low and her latest book, A House Without Windows.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. Her debut novel The Confusion of Languages has met widespread praise.

This panel is moderated by Brandy Scott.

Language: English
Sign language interpretation is available in this session

When Cultures Collide: Siobhan Fallon & Nadia Hashimi

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Event 823 The Art of Travel Writing: Masterclass with Levison Wood

Friday 9 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Levison Wood
Someone once told Levison Wood that the best non-fiction reads like fiction.

In this travel writing masterclass he will share how the story of adventure unfolds across the ages using the theory of the Monomyth, also known as The Hero’s Journey. Using examples from the history of travel writing, from Homer's Odyssey to Shantaram, he will explore what secrets they use to make journeys come alive. Learn how he brings out the best from his anecdotes and how to fit travellers’ tales within a narrative arc.

The tutor: Levison Wood is an award-winning author, explorer and photographer who has led expeditions on five continents. His bestselling books include Walking the Himalayas, Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas.

Language: English

The Art of Travel Writing: Masterclass with Levison Wood

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Event 852 Storytelling on Social Media: Masterclass with Alexandra Maia

Friday 9 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Is your social media lacking inspiration? Don’t miss this House of Social Masterclass with Alexandra Maia – it will be jam-packed with tactics and knowledge to get you started or take you to the next level!

Social Media platforms are changing the way we digest, consume and engage with content. Content creators are raising the bar every day and learning new ways to share their personal stories and ‘brands’ … so if you want to find out how to up your online game, come and learn from an expert.

The tutor: Alexandra Maia is the founder of House of Social, an organisation that provides social media training and consultancy. Through HOS she aims to help individuals and businesses adapt to the new digital world.

Language: English

Storytelling on Social Media: Masterclass with Alexandra Maia

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Event 78 Kate Adie: Women and War

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Kate Adie
Women kept the war machine running during World War One, and lives were changed forever. Are the repercussions still being felt 100 years on? Award-winning journalist Kate Adie has written about women and warfare in her highly acclaimed books Corsets to Camouflage and Fighting on the Home Front, and has extensive experience reporting from war zones around the world – including Rwanda, Yugoslavia, and the first Gulf War. Come along and share in unique insights into the vivid history of ordinary women and their extraordinary deeds in conflict, and the often unsung achievements of women in the armed services today.

Kate will be in conversation with Eithne Treanor.

Language: English

Kate Adie: Women and War

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Event 79 Mike Lewis: When to Jump

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Mike Lewis
Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the wrong life?

Mike Lewis had the ‘perfect’ job, with one small flaw – it wasn’t what he wanted. As he struggled to find his path, he realised that he wasn’t alone in this search, so he founded When to Jump, a thriving community of people sharing stories of their bold ‘jumps’ and supporting each other through the stresses of change. His inspirational new book lays out the ‘jump curve’, a four-step process for pursuing your dream.

Life is short – find out how to live to your true potential from someone who’s found his own.

Mike will be in conversation with Dawn Metcalfe.

Language: English

Mike Lewis: When to Jump

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Event 81 SF Said: Phoenix and Varjak Paw

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: SF Said
SF Said achieved international acclaim with Varjak Paw, the award-winning story of a Mesopotamian Blue cat who has to save his friends from a terrible fate. His new book Phoenix is the story of a boy who dreams the stars are singing to him and awakes to find he has amazing new powers that take him away from his home planet on an epic quest into deep space!

A British author born in Beirut, SF Said’s books celebrate adventure, identity and the power of stories themselves – this tour of the worlds of Varjak and Phoenix is a must for children, parents and anyone who enjoys a thrilling adventure.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

SF Said: Phoenix and Varjak Paw

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Event 92 Andrew Morton: Diana and Wallis, Royal Mavericks

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Andrew Morton
In 1992, Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story shocked the British public and establishment alike. More than 25 years on, the revised edition of the book continues to create headlines.

Morton’s new book, Wallis in Love, looks at an earlier ‘scandalous’ royal – the well-connected social climber Wallis Simpson, who upended the British monarchy when Edward VIII abdicated so they could marry.

An expert on the history of the House of Windsor and the tangled lives of the British royals, Andrew sheds light on these two influential women – and reflects on how times have changed for women marrying into royalty as he writes his next book, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.

Andrew will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Andrew Morton: Diana and Wallis, Royal Mavericks

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Event 120 Guinness World Records: Real-Life Superheroes

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Craig Glenday
Are you ready for some real-life superheroes?

The new Guinness World Records annual is packed with incredible accomplishments, spectacular stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting feats.

The book’s editor in chief, Craig Glenday, has seen these records happen with his own eyes, and he’s here to show mind-blowing videos and astonishing pictures of the awesome achievements.

Don’t miss this glimpse into the making of the definitive guide to the world’s wildest record-breakers!

Craig will be in conversation with Rachel McArthur.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Guinness World Records: Real-Life Superheroes

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Event 825 Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Do you have a passion for pandas or a love for lemurs? If you really like animals, you’re ready to write an animal story!

Tom Moorhouse’s knowledge of water voles and their riverbank friends helped him write his own popular books. In this workshop he will teach children to use what they know about their favourite animal to write a brand new adventure story.

The tutor: Dr Tom Moorhouse is an ecologist at Oxford University’s Zoology Department. He has used his animal knowledge in The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster, and is now continuing the story of The Wind in the Willows in The New Adventures of Mr Toad.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-11

Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

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Event 851 How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Korky Paul
Would you love to draw perfect dino pictures?

Korky Paul’s mischievous, loveable but highly dangerous dinosaurs are unforgettable, whether they’re terrifying curious children or antagonising Winnie and Wilbur.

In this fun workshop, Korky will read and act from his books and give a quick drawing lesson – then you’ll be let loose to draw your own prehistoric monstrosity!

The tutor: Korky Paul is the illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including the Winnie the Witch series, and is known only to himself as ’The World’s Greatest Portrait Artist and Dinosaur Drawer’.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-11

How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

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Event 826 Writing a Page-Turner: Masterclass with Peter James

Friday 9 March, 12.30pm-2pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Peter James
A well-timed cliffhanger, a battle of wills, the mounting tension of an unseen evil on the loose … Peter James knows how to keep readers reading.

In this masterclass, you will learn from the expert how to set pace, build suspense, and keep readers hungry for the next chapter.

The tutor: Peter James is the author of the Roy Grace crime series as well as numerous standalone thrillers. He is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, the winner of the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence, and was publicly voted by WHSmith readers The Best Crime Author Of All Time.

Language: English

Writing a Page-Turner: Masterclass with Peter James

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Event 85 Souad Mekhennet: I Was Told to Come Alone

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Souad Mekhennet, recipient of the 2017 Chicago Journalists Association Daniel Pearl Award, is one of the most important investigative journalists working today, and unquestionably one of the bravest. Her memoir I Was Told to Come Alone – longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and soon to be adapted as a TV series – follows her journey from her home country of Germany, across the Middle East and North Africa in search of extremists, and back to Europe where she uncovered the identity of ‘Jihadi John’, the ISIS executioner whose English accent made him a symbol of radicalisation among young westerners.

Hear first-hand about her quest to get into the minds of young jihadis, in the hope of understanding what leads them to violence.

Souad will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Souad Mekhennet: I Was Told to Come Alone

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Event 88 Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl to Iron Man (Live Video Link)

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Eoin Colfer
The creator of 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl joins us live via video link from Ireland for an adventure-fuelled and laughter-packed session.

Come hear about Eoin Colfer’s electrifying new take on Tony Stark in YA Iron Man novel The Gauntlet; travel time and dodge assassins in his WARP adventure series; and follow one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe in his powerful new graphic novel, Illegal. There may even be some stories about the upcoming Artemis movie!

Don’t miss this former Irish Children’s Laureate in action.

Eoin will be in conversation with Ciaran Kelly.

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

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl to Iron Man (Live Video Link)

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Event 89 Nadia Hashimi: One Half from the East

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Nadia Hashimi
Sometimes, hiding can set you free.

In Nadia Hashimi’s novel One Half from the East, 10-year-old Obayda’s Afghani family is in need of some good fortune, and her aunt has an idea to bring the family luck – dress Obayda, the youngest of four sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh.

When Obayda meets Rahima, another bacha posh, the two of them begin to enjoy their newfound male privilege even as they count down the days until they have to become girls again.

In this session Nadia will discuss her powerful, heartbreaking book about friendship and growing up – as well as her brand-new novel The Sky at Our Feet.

Nadia will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Age Group: 10+

Nadia Hashimi: One Half from the East

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Event 91 Francis Kong: The #Winning Attitude

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Francis Kong
‘Good people bring out the good in other people’, says leadership expert Francis Kong. But how do you put this to practice in a challenging workplace or when serious problems arise?

An entrepreneur and business consultant with decades of experience, Kong is here to reveal the power of a simple trait: having the right attitude.

This entertaining talk shows how maintaining your own optimism and determined attitude – no matter the challenges – will inspire those around you.

Constantly active, writing dozens of books and delivering hundreds of talks a year, Francis Kong is living proof of his methods –come and learn his secrets!

Francis will be in conversation with David Macadam.

Language: English

Francis Kong: The #Winning Attitude

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Event 94 Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Reading Tree

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Grab the Magic Key and get ready for storytime fun, because the author and illustrator team behind Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy are coming to Dubai!

They will take to the stage in this interactive family session to show how they write and draw their engaging and educational tales, loved by generations.

The creators of more than 800 books in the Oxford Reading Tree series, Alex Brychta and Roderick Hunt's work has helped millions of children learn to read – now you can see the story masters live!

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Reading Tree

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