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Event 13 Mark Vanhoenacker: A Journey with a Pilot

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker’s Skyfaring, a poetic exploration of the emotional power of travelling through the air, struck a chord with readers worldwide and was hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times and the Economist.

His follow-up, How to Land a Plane, is a short tour of the cockpit during the most challenging part of the flight and shows how even the crucial technical details contain their own magic.

Vanhoenacker brings a boyish wonder back into flying; once you see it through his eyes, you’ll never look at planes the same way again.

Mark will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Mark Vanhoenacker: A Journey with a Pilot

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Event 36 Nidhal Guessoum: Inspiring Science

Saturday 10 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Stargazing, awesome experiments, and a baloney detection kit… a brand new science book for young Muslims is sure to inspire imaginations. 

Professor Nidhal Guessoum is one of the major voices speaking up for the advance of science in Muslim countries, and was recently recognised by Global Influence as an Arab Thought Leader and ‘a prime scholar on the relations between Islam and modern science.’

His new book The Young Muslim's Guide to Modern Science, launched at this session, introduces the basics of modern science, combats myths and misunderstandings, and emphasises that Islam, at its core, embraces the very same inquisitive spirit that underlies scientific thinking.

For curious minds of all ages.

Nidhal will be in conversation with Rehan Khan.

Language: English

Age Group: 10+

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Event 152 How to Eat Green: Melissa Hemsley, Mira Manek & Stephen Ritz

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

From low-carb meals to ‘low-carbon’ meals, from paleo to plant-based diets – how can we satisfy our appetites while still helping the planet? Our panel discusses how individuals, businesses and institutions can achieve a healthy relationship with food.

Melissa Hemsley is the author of Eat Happy: 30 Minute Feel Good Food. As one half of Hemsley + Hemsley, she promotes healthy eating using natural ingredients of good provenance.

Mira Manek champions healthy, vegetarian home-cooked food, and her cookbook Saffron Soul collects her fresh and lighter take on Indian food.

Stephen Ritz is the teacher who turned the Bronx green, bringing about a revolution in children’s classrooms and school dinners alike by turning classrooms into gardens. He received the 2017 International Food and Sustainability Award from the G7.

This panel is moderated by Sally Mousa.

Language: English

How to Eat Green: Melissa Hemsley, Mira Manek & Stephen Ritz

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Event 77 Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Andy Weir
Andy Weir shot to fame with The Martian, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong. Fans adored the humorous and scientifically plausible story, which won Weir the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and was adapted as a hugely successful film starring Matt Damon.

In this live video link session from his home in the US, Weir will reveal all about his Martian adventure and his new novel Artemis, in which smuggler Jazz Bashara gets caught up in a conspiracy in the first city on the moon.

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Andy will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

Andy Weir: The Martian and Beyond (Live Video Link)

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Event 97 Linda Davies: Ark Storm

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Authors: Linda Davies
Would you bet on the apocalypse?

In Linda Davies’ techno-thriller Ark Storm, the scientist Gwen Boudain researches deadly storms, while shadowy figures place bets on disasters and plot to weaponise the weather.

Even in the short time since Ark Storm was published, we have seen an increase in extreme weather events. And Linda’s financial thrillers have been similarly prescient, exposing the high-stakes games of the powerful.

In this in-depth conversation, Linda discusses the risks and rewards of writing near-future fiction.

Linda will be in conversation with Natalie Long.

Language: English

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Event 100 Julie Tottman: The Hedwig Whisperer

Friday 9 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Julie Tottman
Attention, Harry Potter fans! The animal trainer for the Harry Potter film series is coming to the Festival – bringing tales of Fang, Crookshanks and those magical messenger owls with her!

Julie Tottman wanted to train animals ever since she was a child. Her dream came true and she’s been ‘animal wrangler’ for celebrity animals from Lassie to Pongo and Perdita and many more furry and feathered film stars!

Don’t miss Julie’s amazing on-set stories, and hear about her books, Superstar Cats and Superstar Dogs – guides to teaching your pets tricks that will rival the greatest animal actors!

Julie will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

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Event 111 Julie Tottman: Beastmistress of the Seven Kingdoms

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Julie Tottman
Westeros wouldn’t last a week without someone keeping the ravens in order – and that’s the job of animal trainer Julie Tottman.

Julie is a vital part of the Game of Thrones team, with the difficult but rewarding job of training ravens, wolves, man-eating hounds and (occasionally) over-ambitious directors for their turn in the spotlight. She has also worked on the Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight and many other major film and TV projects.

This riveting conversation will be full of insights into what it takes to bring animal characters to life on the screen, with a look at some of Julie’s favourite scenes.

Julie will be in conversation with Alex Broun.

Language: English

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Event 122 Tom Moorhouse: The New Adventures of Mr Toad

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Here comes Mr Toad! The irrepressible star of The Wind in the Willows is back with more outrageous antics in a new series of adventures by Tom Moorhouse.

Tom is a scientist who studies the animals who live in real life forests and riverbanks. He first delighted readers with tales of water voles in The River Singers, and now presents his action-packed Mr Toad comedies for younger readers. In this family session he’ll share the secrets of updating classics and using his knowledge to write the best possible animal characters.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Tom Moorhouse: The New Adventures of Mr Toad

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