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Event 104 Peter James: Need You Dead

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

Authors: Peter James
Peter James, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger award, introduces the biggest mystery yet for Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in Need You Dead, as a seemingly simple murder case becomes more sinister with every twist.

The meticulously researched Roy Grace mysteries are a fixture at the top of UK bestseller charts – James will introduce Need You Dead and the thrilling follow-up, due in May 2018. And listen out for exclusive snippets about new stand-alone thriller Absolute Proof, in which an investigative reporter makes a world-changing discovery…

Peter will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Peter James: Need You Dead

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Event 105 Hiding from History: Souad Mekhennet & Andrew Morton

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

What happens when nations try to bury past evils? Even as Germany entered an ongoing period of self-examination about the crimes of the Nazis, Allied governments and armed forces chose to look away. Two authors who have explored this strange twist of history discuss the ongoing consequences.

Souad Mekhennet made her name getting inside the heads of jihadis, but she is also the co-author of The Eternal Nazi, an account of the hunt for Aribert Heim, a war criminal who escaped justice for a new life in hiding in Cairo.

In his book 17 Carnations, Andrew Morton explores the questionable allegiances of Edward VIII, the abdicated monarch whose open admiration for Hitler and the Nazis was covered up by the British government.

This panel is moderated by Bilal Orfali.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Hiding from History: Souad Mekhennet & Andrew Morton

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Event 108 Holly Webb: Animal Stories

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

Authors: Holly Webb
A treasury of adorable animals awaits in this delightful session for younger readers.

Holly Webb, author of the bestselling Animal Stories series, tells the stories of the real-life animals that inspired her books.

Through story readings and pictures, we’ll follow the cute puppies and kittens on their brave journeys and their searches for loving homes. Holly has amazing insights into the emotional bonds between children and animals – if your little one loves animals, this is where you want to be!

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Holly Webb: Animal Stories

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Event 109 Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Labyrinth of Spirits

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

Join us in welcoming Spain’s master storyteller to the Festival for the first time.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Shadow of the Wind was a publishing phenomenon, the most successful Spanish novel since Don Quixote.

Followed by novels The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven, he’s taking us back to the spellbinding world of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books in brand new title The Labyrinth of Spirits. Published in Spanish with the English translation due soon, this final book brings all the stories together in a firecracker of an ending.

Hear how Carlos creates his meticulously-crafted work, and how it feels to bring a literary epic to a close.

Carlos will be in conversation with Paulo Lemos Horta.

Language: English

Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Labyrinth of Spirits

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Event 110 Taghreed Aref Najjar: Why Not?

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Join Taghreed Aref Najjar, author of more than 50 children’s books, for a fun-filled session of storytelling and music. When Samia’s father got sick, she had to take over his job as Musaharati – waking villagers to eat before their fast began at sunrise. No girl had done this before, so Samia’s bravery inspired everyone and the village band played through the night!

This beautiful story of courage and cooperation introduces children to a range of musical instruments, which Taghreed will demonstrate during the reading.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 6+

Taghreed Aref Najjar: Why Not?

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Event 114 Maha Hassan: Good Morning War

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Authors: Maha Hassan
Syrian-Kurdish journalist and novelist Maha Hassan is a powerful storyteller with a deep understanding of the pains inflicted by war.

Her latest book, Good Morning War, depicts a family divided by war and the fates of those who leave and those who stay: the mother who prefers to die in her own home, the brother who was rejected as a refugee, the sister who lives in Paris but has to check every morning she is not really still in Damascus, and all the people forced to leave their country behind.

Maha will be in conversation with Hazem Ibrahim.

Language: Arabic with English translation

Maha Hassan: Good Morning War

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Event 148 Linda Davies: Longbow Girl

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

Authors: Linda Davies
When Merry Owen discovers an ancient Welsh text, she is transported back in time to the reign of Henry VIII. Merry is an expert archer and rider, but will her skills be enough to survive this dangerous era?

Linda Davies’ first books for children were the Djinn fantasy series, which drew on the folklore of the UAE and mysticism of the desert. In her new YA timeslip novel Longbow Girl – winner of the 2016 Mal Peet Award – she puts the same skills to use to vividly recreate the unpredictable and magical world of Tudor England and Wales.

Linda will be in conversation with Shen Husain.

Language: English

Age Group: 11+

Linda Davies: Longbow Girl

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Event 822 Building Characters: Writing Workshop with Muhsin Al-Ramli

Saturday 10 March, 10am-12pm   Al Rimal, InterContinental

How do you create a well-rounded, authentic character that will resonate with readers? Learn how to build physical and emotional characteristics, how to present the environments they inhabit, and how to meld character and plot believably.

Participants should prepare for the workshop by writing a short description of a real person they have encountered and what made them memorable.

The tutor: Muhsin Al-Ramli is an Iraqi author and translator currently living in Spain, where he teaches at the Saint Louis University Madrid Campus. He is the co-founder and editor of the magazine Alwah, and the author of several books including the internationally acclaimed The President’s Gardens.

Language: Arabic

Building Characters: Writing Workshop with Muhsin Al-Ramli

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Event 831 Freestyle Your Film: Workshop with Muzna Al Musafer

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Learn how to create short movies on your phone with filmmaker Muzna Al Musafer!

Muzna will teach you how to produce high-quality films using nothing more than a mobile device, an app and your imagination. Turn the world around you into your personalised story without the need for lighting, cameras and other equipment.

The tutor: Muzna Al Musafer is a self-made Omani filmmaker whose first film Niqab won the student competition at the Gulf Film Festival. Her breakthrough second film, Cholo, won Best Script at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, premiered at Dubai Film Festival and was screened at the New York African Film Festival.

Participants in the class should download the full or trial versions of FiLMiC Pro to their device before the workshop begins. Other materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 15-21

Freestyle Your Film: Workshop with Muzna Al Musafer

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Event 832 Level Up Leadership: Masterclass with Francis Kong

Saturday 10 March, 10am-11.30am   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Francis Kong
Learn the secrets of effective leadership in this masterclass from top business writer and speaker Francis Kong.

Do you need to fire up your team or impress with your public speaking skills? In this introductory class, Francis will talk you through the people skills and personal attributes you need to develop to become an inspiring leader.

The tutor: Francis Kong is one of the most respected business speakers in the Philippines, a winner of the Outstanding Filipino Award and the Communication and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International Philippines chapter. He is the author of numerous business books and delivers talks and seminars worldwide.

Language: English

Level Up Leadership: Masterclass with Francis Kong

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Event 106 OUP Prize Giving

Saturday 10 March, 11.30am-12pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

It’s time for the winners of the Oxford University Press Story Competition to be announced. Our judges have been diligently reading the entries for four age groups and two languages and have, after much deliberation, decided which stories should win.

Here to present the prizes are Ali Sparkes, author of the Shapeshifter series, Sahar Naja Mahfouz, author of 28 Arabic children's books including The Story Maker, and Alex Brychta and Roderick Hunt, the author-illustrator team behind the Oxford Reading Tree books starring Biff, Chip and Kipper.

After the prizes have been presented, stay on to enjoy Ali Sparkes’ talk, Fantastic Master Fox.

Language: Arabic & English with translation

OUP Prize Giving

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Event 107 Ali Sparkes: Fantastic Master Fox

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Ali Sparkes
Dax Jones is an ordinary schoolboy … until something extraordinary happens one day. Whilst frightened for his life, he inexplicably changes into a fox!

Dive into a world of superpowers and secret identities as Ali Sparkes explores Dax’s adventures in her popular Shapeshifter series.

Known for her energetic and fun-filled talks, Ali will delight you with weird wildlife facts, daring childhood memories and a lot of laughs – and maybe even some stories about her new edge-of-your-seat series, Night Speakers.

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

Language: English with Arabic translation

Age Group: 9+

Ali Sparkes: Fantastic Master Fox

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Event 111 Julie Tottman: Beastmistress of the Seven Kingdoms

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Julie Tottman
Westeros wouldn’t last a week without someone keeping the ravens in order – and that’s the job of animal trainer Julie Tottman.

Julie is a vital part of the Game of Thrones team, with the difficult but rewarding job of training ravens, wolves, man-eating hounds and (occasionally) over-ambitious directors for their turn in the spotlight. She has also worked on the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight and many other major film and TV projects.

This riveting conversation will be full of insights into what it takes to bring animal characters to life on the screen, with a look at some of Julie’s favourite scenes.

Julie will be in conversation with Alex Broun.

Language: English

Julie Tottman: Beastmistress of the Seven Kingdoms

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Event 112 Andrey Kurkov: The Bickford Fuse

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Andrey Kurkov
In the modern masterpiece, Death and the Penguin, Ukrainian author Andrey Kurkov explored the woes of Ukraine through the mournful eyes of Misha, a lonely penguin saved from Kiev zoo by well-meaning writer Viktor. He returns with The Bickford Fuse, a powerful satire of Soviet Russia, written in the final days of Communism and recently translated into English. Following a disparate collection of wanderers – one bearing an explosive gift – it blends real events with allegory and fable and has been compared to the works of Bulgakov, Vonnegut and Heller.

Kurkov is one of the finest writers on the post-Soviet world – this is a rare chance to hear him speak about his craft.

Andrey will be in conversation with Lea Sellers.

Language: English

Andrey Kurkov: The Bickford Fuse

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Event 119 Arun Gandhi: The Gift of Anger

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Arun Gandhi
‘Anger is just like electricity…’

In The Gift of Anger Arun Gandhi shares ten lessons from his grandfather, learned during the two years he lived in Mahatma Gandhi’s Sevagram ashram.

A major advocate of nonviolence, Arun learned from his grandfather to harness his anger to bring about good. In this session he discusses how to find the energy to fight for justice and how to use anger to motivate and organise while staying true to the principle of nonviolence.

Arun will be in conversation with Christopher Bradley.

Language: English

Arun Gandhi: The Gift of Anger

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Event 121 I Want… Tony Ross!

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Tony Ross
Come and see one of the best-loved illustrators of children’s books today as he draws live on stage!

Tony Ross is creator of the hilarious Little Princess series, the illustrator of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry, and the genius behind the drawings for all of David Walliams’ books.

This tour of his work features stories, loads of drawing and buckets of laughter, with a glimpse at his brand new book with Michael Rosen, Bah! Humbug! – a heartwarming take on Dickens’ classic tale.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

I Want… Tony Ross!

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Event 134 Beyond The Culture Trap: Shahd Al Shammari & Zeina Hashem Beck

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

How can women lead social progress, preserving the best in a culture while changing the worst?

Exploring the ways in which tradition can preserve damaging ideas – about gender, disability, and more – the panel looks at the role literature can play in improving lives and opening up important discussions.

Dr Shahd Al Shammari teaches literature at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait and is the author of Notes on the Flesh, a biomythography that deals with gender, race, and disability in Kuwait.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet and the author of the new collection Louder Than Hearts, which won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.

This panel is moderated by Lana Shamma.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Beyond The Culture Trap: Shahd Al Shammari & Zeina Hashem Beck

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Event 139 Seriously Funny Scripts: Charlie Higson & Andy Riley

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Writing TV comedy is a serious business – as master screenwriters Charlie Higson and Andy Riley will attest.

These two comedic craftsmen have some major screen credits to their name, and in this lively panel they will look at what goes into making audiences laugh.

Charlie Higson is a novelist, screenwriter and actor whose TV credits include The Fast Show and Jekyll and Hyde. He is the author of the Young Bond and The Enemy book series.

Andy Riley is a cartoonist, children’s author and screenwriter whose work includes the Emmy-winning American series Veep, the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet, and cult British favourites Little Britain and Black Books.

This panel is moderated by Fiona Lindsay.

Language: English

Seriously Funny Scripts: Charlie Higson & Andy Riley

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Event 855 Amazing Arabian Nights: Story & Craft Workshop with Wafa Tarnowska

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Wafa Tarnowska has adapted several stories from the Arabian Nights in a beautifully illustrated collection for children.

Starting with a reading of the story ‘Singing Tree and the Speaking Bird’, Wafa will then take the children on a creative adventure to design their own Arabian Nights garden on paper, introducing them to special trees, flowers and fountains found in Arabic gardens.

The tutor: Wafa Tarnowska is an author and translator who has travelled the world on a mission to inspire love for Arab culture. Her Arabian Nights has won the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Accolade and the Moonbeam Award Gold Medal.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 8-12

Amazing Arabian Nights: Story & Craft Workshop with Wafa Tarnowska

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Event 857 Comic Strip Crazy: Drawing Workshop with Gary Northfield

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Create a comic strip with a master cartoonist!

Author and illustrator Gary Northfield knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a hilarious comic, and in this session he will – with the help of Julius Zebra, champion gladiator – help you get started on your own comic characters!

The tutor: Gary Northfield is the author and illustrator of Derek the Sheep for The Beano, Gary’s Garden for The Phoenix and the graphic novel The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs, as well as the laugh-a-minute book series Julius Zebra.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-11

Comic Strip Crazy: Drawing Workshop with Gary Northfield

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