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Event 19 Future Folklore: Dubai Abulhoul, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sjón

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

What do our legends tell us about ourselves? And why is it important to remember? Our three writers have drawn on the cultural folklore of the UAE, Iceland and the Canary Islands – find out what happens when you transport ancient myth into modern tales.

Dubai Abulhoul published her first novel, Galagolia: The Hidden Divination, aged just 16. She recently wrote a series of children’s books that draw on Emirati folklore and explore the motives of ‘evil’ djinn.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the author of The Girl of Ink and Stars, a children’s fantasy book whose heroine rediscovers the forgotten folklore of the island of Joya.

Sjón’s novels draw heavily on Icelandic and world folklore as they challenge the modern world, with old stories speaking up in a new, disruptive voice.

This panel is moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language:  English with Arabic translation.

Future Folklore: Dubai Abulhoul, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sjón

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Event 66 The Arab Reading Challenge

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Arab Reading Challenge aims to ignite a cultural renaissance by encouraging students across the Arab World to read for pleasure and develop Arabic language skills.

Our panel of champions of literature discusses the importance of a love of reading to individuals and to society.

Abdulla Al Nuaimi is Project Manager, Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives and Executive Co-ordinator of the Arab Reading Challenge.

Dubai Abulhoul is the author of Galagolia, the first Emirati fantasy novel in English. She recently wrote a series of books for children about djinn and Emirati folklore.

Latifa Alfalasi is Arabic Curriculum Development Specialist at the Ministry of Education, where she works to create an Arabic curriculum suitable to today’s world.

The panel is chaired by Safia Alshehi, an author and TV presenter who has presented many programs focusing on reading and literacy throughout her career including ‘Read for You’ and ‘Abu Dhabi Reads’.  

Language: Arabic with English translation

The Arab Reading Challenge

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