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Eagles of the Empire: Roman Military Fiction

Event 142 Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Simon Scarrow
“I really don’t need this kind of competition.” – Bernard Cornwell on Simon Scarrow

Simon Scarrow is an expert in Roman military fiction and all things gladiatorial.

Invictus, the 15th book in his Eagle series, sends veteran soldiers Cato and Macro to restless and ‘unconquerable’ Hispania, where the Spanish are embroiled in conflict with their Roman occupiers – and with each other. And the newly published novel Invader features their ally, the Celtic-Roman soldier Horatius Figulus, as he leads a mission against those Celts that still resist the Empire.

Scarrow’s books have been widely praised for their action, political intrigue and strong characters – all of which act together to bring the ancient Roman world, from Britain to Syria, to vivid life.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Eagles of the Empire: Roman Military Fiction

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Penning the Past: When History Meets Fiction

Event 24 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“You have to absolutely pack your head with information… then there comes a point at which you shut all the books and let your imagination take over.” – Tanya Landman

Three authors with very different approaches to writing about history discuss how they bring the past to life – and why it is so important not only to learn the facts of history, but to empathise with people of the past.

In Leila Aboulela’s The Kindness of Enemies, the action moves between contemporary Scotland, 20th century Sudan and the Caucasus mountains in the 19th century, where Imam Shamil defends his people from Tsarist Russia.

Tanya Landman’s Hell and High Water stars a mixed-race boy in 18th century Devon, while the Carnegie-winning Buffalo Soldier, inspired by a true story, pits a freed slave serving in the US Army against Apache warriors in a shameful episode from American history.

Simon Scarrow is most famous for his Eagle series, in which legionaries Cato and Macro travel the world from Britannia to Syria to the corrupt city of Rome itself – in Invictus, they travel to rebellious Spain to quell an uprising.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Penning the Past: When History Meets Fiction

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StoryCode: Game-based Storytelling

Event 156 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

“The key is to make the game the thing, make it fun, and the books become secondary... the reward is an excellent book that will flesh out the story of the game.” – Simon Scarrow on Cato & Macro

As Gaming & Technology becomes more sophisticated, so too does the opportunity to tell a compelling story in this uniquely interactive medium. Our panel investigates how well this opportunity is being fulfilled and what’s in store for the future.

Games can be a powerful and profoundly social way of telling an ongoing story. Our panel explores the ways that games – from the growing sophistication of online gaming communities to the intricacies of a drawn-out RPG campaign – open up opportunities for storytelling, and take a look at what’s in store for the future.

Heidi Frost is a long-time proponent of games as literature and the organizer of Dubai Writers' Group, which offers support to professional and aspiring writers alike to improve their writing.

Omar Ismail is no stranger to telling stories in games – he is the founder of the Gulf Roleplaying Community, a diverse 450-strong community of tabletop gamers.

Simon Scarrow is the author of the Eagle series of books, whose heroes Cato and Macro are now stars of their own game.

Keith Stuart is the Guardian’s Games Editor and has spent 20 years observing the evolution of Gaming & Technology, design and storytelling.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

StoryCode: Game-based Storytelling

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