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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 50 Poetry Mix: Memories

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Poetry Mix brings together an international cast of poetry stars for an introduction to their work. Expect a wide variety of styles from this talented lineup.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Harry Baker is the youngest ever World Poetry Slam champion; his poems combine maths and science with tongue-twisting wordplay and unexpected emotional power.

Chris Hardy is a prize winning poet who often performs as part of the band LiTTLe MACHiNe; in this session he will read from his new collection Sunshine at the End of the World.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize in Poetry as well as the Antivenom Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist.

Lemn Sissay is one of Britain’s best known poets, famous for jaw-dropping performances. Gold from the Stone is a collection of new and favourite poems.

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist whose poems have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize and been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize.

Language: English

Poetry Mix: Memories

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