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Lights, Camera, Action... Zombies?

Event 801 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Tanya Landman
Where do authors get their ideas from? In Tanya Landman’s case, the Sam Swann’s Movie Mystery series, beginning with Zombie Dawn!!!, was inspired by her famous actor uncle (Robert Shaw, of Jaws fame) and his stories of movie set life. Tanya will show some pictures of behind-the-scenes life in Hollywood and then help you find the best source of inspiration in your own life!

The tutor: Tanya Landman is the author of the Sam Swann’s Movie Mystery series, the Merlin series, and the Carnegie-winning Buffalo Soldier, among many others. Her most recent novel is Hell and High Water. She is a passionate advocate of the power of reading and writing to develop empathy and imagination.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

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Transformed by Music: Songwriting Workshop

Event 804 Friday 3 March, 2pm-4pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Take a journey of songwriting in this talk and workshop by Sharif Al Maghraby. ‘Transformed by Music’ is an inspirational talk blending music, creativity, self-discovery and insights about how art can lead us to becoming better versions of ourselves. Sharif will follow the talk with practical songwriting activities to help you start writing your next hit – just bring your imagination!

The tutor: Sharif Al Maghraby is a singer/songwriter/guitarist who has been playing and performing his original music for more than 20 years. He co-founded the acoustic fusion band Dahab, who released two albums and performed to thousands in Dubai, Cairo and Bahrain; his new progressive blues band BluShaman is working on their first album.

Language: English

Age Group: 16-25

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Let’s Cook Up a Story

Event 819 Saturday 4 March, 10am-11.30am Al Rimal, InterContinental

Let’s prepare the main ingredients to cook up a story! Join Maitha Al Khayat in this active workshop to create the characters, build up a plot and write your story. Every child will leave with their own cooked story to take home and devour!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is an Emirati author and illustrator of several children’s picture books including I Love My Mum’s Pretty Veil, Two Whales and When a Camel Craves Logaimat.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 8-12

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A Trip to the Garden of Ideas

Event 811 Saturday 4 March, 12pm-1.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Amal Farah
Little Amal broke free from the laziness monster and escaped to the ideas garden to write her thoughts! You can escape your own monster when you register for this workshop and learn how to write a story. Discover what kind of monster is chasing you – is he scary looking, is he nice or naughty, and how will your character get rid of him?

Learn how to create the hero of your story, what kind of adventure to send them on and how they will defeat the monster, in a workshop that will open your imagination and improve your writing skills. You will finish the workshop with the first draft of your new story.

The tutor: Amal Farah is an author of books for children and young adults and the founder of Shagara Publishing. Her books include Girl’s Diary, The Monster, Kangaroo and I Want to be a Turtle, which won the Etisalat Award for Children’s Books in the Best Text category in 2016.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 8-12

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We're in the Wrong Workshop!

Event 809 Saturday 4 March, 2pm-3pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Richard Byrne
Richard Byrne, author and illustrator of This Book Just Ate My Dog, We’re in the Wrong Book and This Book is Out of Control is coming to Dubai to show 15 lucky children how to draw his beloved characters, Ben and Bella.

Richard will read one of his fantastic books before helping participants create their very own artwork to take home.

The tutor: Richard Byrne is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the 2013 Oxfordshire Book Award-winning The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur, The Great Moon Confusion, Millicent and Meer and This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye. He started out working in graphic design but found that inventive, funny children’s books were his true calling.

All materials provided. Adult helpers may accompany for free!

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

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Let's Write a Story

Event 812 Saturday 4 March, 4pm-5.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Do you like to write and draw? Join author Sahar Naja Mahfouz who will show you how to turn words, pictures and colours into exciting adventures full of surprising characters.

Sahar will help you learn the basic steps of coming up with a good plot, developing your characters, and turning these ideas into a real story of your own. By the end of the workshop, you will have a great story you can take home!

The tutor: Sahar Naja Mahfouz is a children’s author who writes books that help children develop positive personalities – her books help children appreciate diversity and accept others. Her latest book is The Story Maker. She is the founder of the women’s writing group HUNNA.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 6-10

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Creating and Publishing Your Comic

Event 833 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-8pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Khaled bin Hamad is passionate about comics and he works hard to encourage young people who share his interests to develop their own skills. In this masterclass he will talk about all aspects of his work in the comics and animation business and answer your questions on how to make your own comic – and how to make it a success!

After an introduction and team building, he will look at the unique nature of comic book storytelling and how to tell a story successfully. He will follow this with an introduction to the business side of comics, how to get published and how to stay successful once you’re there!

The tutor: Khalid bin Hamad has loved drawing manga since his childhood – he started out drawing on walls, tables and books, and eventually left his job to travel to Japan to study manga and obtain a master’s degree in marketing. The result was Nasser’s Secrets, a graphic novel that combined Emirati and Japanese influences to tell a unique sci-fi story.

In 2014 he put his skills to use and established his own animation and design company, Moving Reflection Productions, and started to pursue his dream in creating his own characters. He is currently working on launching an Emirati Sci-Fi anime, Empire of N.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 16+

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Making Myths with Candy Gourlay

Event 838 Thursday 9 March, 3.30pm-5pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay's novels are laced with legends and myths from her native Philippines. In a short presentation, Candy will describe how geography influences the mythology of a people, telling delightful origin myths such as the giant turtles of Indonesia, how the New Zealand came to be, and the origin of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. She will then lead the children in making their own myths using comics techniques and narrative structure.

The tutor: Candy Gourlay's novels for young people have been nominated for the UK's top children's book prizes such as the Carnegie, the Guardian Prize, the Waterstone's and the Blue Peter Award. Candy grew up in the Philippines but now lives with her family in North London. She loves dogs, babies, drawing, photography and gardening.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

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The Reeve & McIntyre Comics Jam

Event 852 Thursday 9 March, 3.30pm-5pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Have you ever heard of a comics jam? If so, you know you’re in for a treat – and if not, then you’re about to take a step into a wild world of illustrated teamwork that will end in the creation of a brand new comic!

Master illustrator Sarah McIntyre is in town to share her comic skills, and she and Pugs of the Frozen North co-creator Philip Reeve will lead 90 minutes of full-on audience-participation shenanigans. A workshop like no other!

The tutors: Sarah McIntyre is an illustrator and writer of books and comics who works out of the Fleece Station studio in London. She is the author and illustrator of Dinosaur Police and has collaborated with Giles Andreae, David O’Connell and Gillian Rogerson.

Philip Reeve is the author of the award-winning Mortal Engines and Railhead series, among others, while his illustrator credits include several Horrible Histories and Murderous Maths books.

As Reeve & McIntyre Productions, they have collaborated on four quirky and hilarious books, most recently Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-10

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Chemistry of Letters

Event 835 Thursday 9 March, 4.30pm-6.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

If you are between 12 and 17 and would like to learn how to write a short story, then this workshop is the place for you! Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi will put the letters in front of you in the word lab so you can start mixing up words and building your short story.

In this workshop, participants will first take a look at the ‘chemistry’ of letters in making words, and then will develop a short story with the theme of ‘running away from the garden’.

The tutor: Writer Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2008 for The Birds’ Journey to Mount Qaf. Her book The Animals vs the Humans at the Court of the King of the Jinn reached the short list for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2001.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 12-17

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My Alien and Me

Event 841 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Waha, InterContinental

Have you ever wanted to meet an alien? This workshop with Smriti Prasadam-Halls is a great chance to prepare for first contact, as she reads from My Alien and Me – now available in both Arabic and English! An interactive session of fun and games for younger children.

The tutor: Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the author of Jingle Jangle Jungle, Don’t Call Me Sweet, T-Veg, I Love You Night and Day and most recently, My Alien and Me. She previously worked as a children’s book and TV commissioning editor before turning to writing books of her own!

All materials provided. Adult helpers may accompany for free!

Language: English

Age Group: 4-7

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Drawings That Tell Stories

Event 845 Friday 10 March, 3pm-5pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

In this workshop author-illustrator Ibtihaj Al Harthi will help children to enrich their imagination and hone their talent by wearing both their storytelling and illustration hats at once!

Ibtihaj will help the children tell their stories and, in just a few simple steps, turn them into a series of five interlinked illustrations with a clear beginning, middle and end, which the children will then be able to take home.

The tutor: Ibtihaj Al Harthi is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Her book Mah and Me, published by Bloomsbury Qatar, won the award for Best Text in the Etisalat Award for Children’s Literature. Her other books include Ghosoun’s Gazelle Sister and The Boy and the Sea.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 7-10

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Learn Arabic Through the Art of Drama

Event 846 Saturday 11 March, 10am-12pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Do you want your children to learn Arabic in an unconventional way – through play, drama and fun? Then ArabRama’s workshop is exactly what you are looking for!

ArabRama believes in teaching a love of Arabic through drama activities in which children connect to the language by acting out a story, which helps them relate Arabic words to their feelings.

Children who are learning Arabic and those who want to get started are all welcome to attend this workshop.

The tutors: Samar Al Mashta is the founder of ArabRama. She believes that children of all nationalities can learn to love the Arabic language if given the chance to learn it in a fun way. She previously worked for Al Arabiya TV channel as a producer and reporter.

Abir Wakil is Arabrama’s organiser and supervisor of activities, with substantial experience in stage and TV training and event coordination.

Kamiran Kanjo is an actor and producer who has starred in ten TV series, five movies and several stage plays.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 7-12

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Caribbean Playground

Event 848 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11.30am Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Nadia L Hohn
It’s Carnival time, and Malaika needs a costume so she can dance in the parade. Her mother moved abroad to find a good job, but the money she sent for the costume hasn’t arrived – so Malaika and her grandmother are going to have to get creative!

Explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games that Malaika would learn and play in her schoolyard. This is an interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume, musical instruments, and storytelling!

The tutor: Nadia L Hohn is a teacher, artist, musician and author whose first picture book, Malaika’s Costume, won the Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Book Award 2014. She is currently working on a middle grade novel and a new picture book, Malaika’s Smile.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

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Rock Camp for Girls Songwriting Workshop - International Women's Day

Event 850 Saturday 11 March, 2.30pm-3.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Carla Saad
A fantastic chance for girls to celebrate International Women’s Day with song. This workshop from master songwriter Carla Saad will teach the art of writing powerful lyrics, and will help girls build confidence in their own lyrical storytelling.

The tutor: Carla Saad is the singer-songwriter at the heart of Dubai-based band As Per Casper and one of the co-founders of Rock Camp for Girls UAE. As Per Casper’s album Hit the Ground was released in November 2016 and the band has already been acknowledged as one of the most exciting acts in the UAE’s music scene.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 12-18

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Well Versed: How to Write Poetry that’s On Point

Event 851 Saturday 11 March, 3.30pm-5.30pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Whether you’re a beginner or a practiced poet, this hands-on, collaborative workshop with Amanda Calderon will get you thinking and writing outside the box. Participants will experiment with a variety of exercises and prompts, and you will leave the workshop with beautiful and surprising poems and beginnings of poems. Sharing of work will be encouraged. 

The tutor: Amanda Calderon is the recipient of fellowships from U.S. Poets in Mexico, Poets House, and the Norman Mailer Center. Her work can be found in Poetry (US), Kenyon Review, Sangam House (India), Poets & Writers, and Words Without Borders. She lives in New York City.

Language: English

Age Group: 14-18

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Inventing Villains

Event 855 Saturday 11 March, 4pm-5.30pm Al Waha, InterContinental

Who’s your favourite baddie? Vile villains like Lord Voldemort, Miss Trunchbull and the Child Catcher haunt us long after the story ends (even into adulthood), and now it’s your turn to do your best at dreaming up the worst.

Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher, takes participants through a series of exciting activities to come up with the most despicable villain they can imagine, including devising an abominable appearance and nefarious name for their evil creation.

The tutor: Abi Elphinstone is the author of The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper and The Night Spinner, wild adventures with, of course, terrifying villains! She is currently researching for a new series of books set in the Arctic.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

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Tender Hands

Event 832 Saturday 11 March, 3pm-4pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Noura Al Khoori’s picture book The Tender Hands tells the powerful story of Majd and his family, who are displaced by war but find hope through ‘tender hands’ – the people who come together to build a new home for the struggling refugees.

In this workshop, Noura will read from the book before leading the group in arts and crafts activities, making paper hands on which they can write good deeds they plan to do, and a display board where they can pin the hands.

The tutor: Noura Al Khoori is the author of popular picture books Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo and Golden Dates. She has also been involved in writing short stories for animated films and apps and is one of the scriptwriters for the Arabic version of Sesame Street, Iftah Ya Simsim.

Age: 7-11 years

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