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Montegrappa Winners: The Secrets of Success

Event 178 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-7.45pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

The Montegrappa Prize has proved adept at identifying great writers among the UAE’s writing population. With the fifth group of winners announced earlier in the day, four past winners join the prize’s judge and co-founder, literary agent Luigi Bonomi, for a look at how their careers are going so far and what they have learned from becoming published writers.

Luigi Bonomi is the founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates, where he represents authors including John Humphrys, Esther Rantzen and Alan Titchmarsh.

Charlotte Butterfield was a runner-up in the 2016 competition and is the latest to have a book published  – her debut, Me, You and Tiramisu, launched in this very session!

Rachel Hamilton was a runner up in the first competition with The Case of the Exploding Loo; the third instalment in her hilarious Unicorn in New York series, Louie in a Spin, has just been published.

Jessica Jarlvi is a PR professional and a runner-up in the 2016 competition; her first book will be the forthcoming When I Wake Up.

Annabel Kantaria won the inaugural prize in 2013 with Coming Home; she followed this with The Disappearance in 2016 and is working on her third book.

Lucy Strange’s debut The Secret of Nightingale Wood was recently published, after being a runner-up in the 2014 competition, and immediately found fame as a Waterstones Book of the Month.

Language: English

Montegrappa Winners: The Secrets of Success

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The 2017 Montegrappa Writing Prize

Event 5 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to award the eagerly anticipated 2017 Montegrappa Prize. This prestigious writing competition open to UAE-based writers has an exceptional record, with five publishing deals in four years.

The competition’s judge, literary agent Luigi Bonomi, is joined this year by two winners who have recently had their first novel published: Lucy Strange, whose children’s novel The Secret of Nightingale Wood came out in 2016 to immediate critical acclaim, and Charlotte Butterfield, whose Me, You and Tiramisu will be launched at this Festival.

This year we also have a very special guest – John Hemingway, author of Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir and grandson of Ernest Hemingway, will present the first-place winner with a limited edition Montegrappa ‘Hemingway: The Writer’ pen – one of only 100 to be created.

Please note that anyone who entered the competition can attend this session free of charge.

Language: English

The 2017 Montegrappa Writing Prize

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The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Event 8 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Lucy Strange
Strange secrets, ghostly figures, a forgotten attic and mysterious firelight in the forest – just a few of the things that make Lucy Strange’s debut novel a classic-in-the-making, chosen as a Waterstones Book of the Month and one of the Daily Telegraph’s top books of 2016.

Join Montegrappa Writing Prize winner Lucy to hear how she brought to life Hen and Moth – the two characters who unlock the Secret of Nightingale Wood.

Language: English

Age Group: 10+

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

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