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I Spy: The Mysterious Montmorency

Event 180 Friday 3 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Who is Montmorency? Thief, spy, aristocrat – and hero of a brilliant series of adventure stories set in the streets and sewers of Victorian-era London and beyond. Eleanor Updale’s devious hero has left behind a life of crime to travel the globe in Her Majesty’s service, thwarting evil plots.

Budding detectives and fans of Sherlock, come along and investigate Montmorency’s mysterious world of blackmail, heists, intrigue and murder!

The perfect family session for anyone age nine and over.

Language: English

Age Group: 9-Adult

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Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: The Gingerbread Guy

Event 2 Friday 3 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me a Story provides a new twist on fairy tale favourites – by matching them with her recipes so that parents and children can bake together!

In this enchanting storytelling session, Nadiya will share her take on classic tales, with stories including the ‘The Gingerbread Guy’, ‘Jack and the Bean-Patty Stalk’, and ‘Ruby-Red and the Three Bears’.

And what about a demonstration of our favourite baker’s showstopping talent? Nadiya will decorate a Gingerbread Guy on stage and then children will receive a gingerbread man of their own to take home!

To get a taste of what this session is about, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bDqnzi2i18

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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George and the Blue Moon

Event 161 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Lucy Hawking
Lucy Hawking is the creator of the highly acclaimed George Greenby series, in which George and his friend Annie go on adventures through space and time with the help of the supercomputer Cosmos – and with real scientific information provided by Lucy’s famous father, Professor Stephen Hawking.

Come along to this family session to find out how Lucy fits so much adventure and information into her lively books and learn more about the new instalment, George and the Blue Moon.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 9-Adult

George and the Blue Moon

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The Old Man and His Donkey

Event 17 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Julia Johnson
Julia Johnson’s stories have been met with widespread acclaim for how well they capture the people, places and wildlife of the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. In this session, Julia will revisit some of the inspirations for her writing, and will introduce fans to her latest captivating story of Arabian life: The Old Man and His Donkey.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

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You Can't Always Tell

Event 23 Friday 3 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm Al Khayma, InterContinental

Can you have food allergies and still have fun? Of course you can, but for children it can be a hard adjustment, leaving them feeling excluded and isolated. When Priyanka Talwar’s son was diagnosed with allergies, she was inspired to write You Can’t Always Tell to help the millions of other parents and children affected by showing children that they can be safe but still be involved. Join Priyanka for a fascinating talk and interactive family session.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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Oxford University Press Prize Giving

Event 201 Saturday 4 March, 10am-10.30am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to announce the winners of the 2017 Oxford University Press Short Story Competition, and who better to present the award to the UAE’s newest literary icons than the author of the Unicorn in New York series, Rachel Hamilton.

Following the prize giving, Festival favourite Rachel will take us on a side-splitting storytelling adventure with her third tale about Louie, the showstopping unicorn who leaves his idyllic life in Story Land for the somewhat grimier charms of New York, where he enrols at the School of Performing Arts and begins his journey to become a legend of the stage! What misadventures are in store next for the eternally optimistic Louie? This is the place to find out!

Prizewinners will be invited to attend the following session, ‘Unicorn in New York’ for free.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Age Group: 7-Adult

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Unicorn in New York

Event 32 Saturday 4 March, 10:30am-11.30am Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

It’s time to announce the winners of the 2017 Oxford University Press Short Story Competition, and who better to present the award to the UAE’s newest literary icons than the author of the Unicorn in New York series, Rachel Hamilton.

Following the prize giving, Festival favourite Rachel will take us on a side-splitting storytelling adventure with her third tale about Louie, the showstopping unicorn who leaves his idyllic life in Story Land for the somewhat grimier charms of New York, where he enrols at the School of Performing Arts and begins his journey to become a legend of the stage! What misadventures are in store next for the eternally optimistic Louie? This is the place to find out!

Prizewinners will attend this session for free.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 7-Adult

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Dr Emily's Surprising Science

Event 160 Saturday 4 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“Any type of person can be a scientist as long as you are excited by Science and want to gain a deep understanding of the world.” – Emily Grossman

Are you or your children fascinated by the weird and wonderful world of science? This lively family-friendly talk and demonstration by Emily Grossman will be bubbling over with explosive fun!

Emily has trained and worked as both scientist and actress, skills she has combined to make complex subjects engaging and help bewildered parents answer those tricky ‘why does..?’ questions. From her resident science expert slots on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky’s Duck Quacks Don't Echo to her powerful TEDx talk, Emily is on a mission to deepen people’s understanding of the world around them – don’t miss this chance to see her in action.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Age Group: 8-Adult

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The Eagle Huntress: Film screening with Talk by Abi Elphinstone

Event 217 Wednesday 8 March, 7pm-9pm Novo Cinemas Screen 5

“This is a movie that expands your sense of what is possible.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times review of The Eagle Huntress

Thirteen-year-old Kazakh girl Aisholpan Nurgaiv has an unusual ability – she is an eagle huntress, hunting foxes with her golden eagle. This documentary about the first woman in twelve generations of her family to take up hunting (and win the competition at the annual Golden Eagle Festival) swept awards and nominations at film festivals across the world. Director Otto Bell uses drone-mounted cameras to capture extraordinary footage of the eagles and the Mongolian landscape, and narration is provided by Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), but the heart of the film is Aisholpan and her relationship with her supportive father, who helps her learn to train eagles and raise her own eaglet.

The film screening is opened by a talk by Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dream Snatcher, who in 2015 spent time with Aisholpan and her family as part of research for a forthcoming book. Abi will share stories and pictures from her Mongolian adventure along with her insights into the extraordinary culture of the Kazakh Eagle Hunters.

Film language: Kazakh with English subtitles and narration.

Talk language: English

Age: 9+ (parental guidance – hunting scenes)

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The Children's Books Everyone Should Read

Event 108 Friday 10 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Which childhood book makes you feel giddy with nostalgia?

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie, children young and old will delight in this discussion about standout children’s books, from those that have inspired generations to modern-day classics. Come along and see if our panel can meet the challenge of selecting five all-time favourites!

Jill Dawson writes for adults, but has cited children’s fiction such as Little House on the Prairie as influential and inspiring.

Abi Elphinstone is the author of The Shadow Keeper, whose heroine Moll was inspired by her admiration of Philip Pullman’s Lyra in Northern Lights. Candy Gourlay, author of Tall Story and Shine, was influenced by the mix of folklore, homegrown books and comics, and imported books that made up her childhood reading in the Philippines.

Yvette Judge is the Chief Operating Officer of the Emirates Literature Foundation, and previously worked as a school librarian and head of children’s programming for the Festival.

Language: English

The Children's Books Everyone Should Read

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Jamal's Journey: A Little Camel Lost in the Desert

Event 95 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Jamal is a little camel with little legs so he must walk, walk, walk through the desert. Renowned author/illustrator Michael Foreman’s latest book features a camel and his boy exploring a setting that might be very familiar to some readers – the desert and city of Dubai. Inspired by Michael’s previous visit and available in both Arabic and English, this is a must-read book for children of any nationality growing up in the UAE.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Michael talk about Jamal and a menagerie of memorable animal characters from his other books, including Cat & Dog, Friends, Fox Tale, Tufty, Cat on the Hill and Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

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The Hero's Journey with Candy Gourlay

Event 96 Friday 10 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Candy Gourlay

When Candy Gourlay was a child, she never saw children who looked like her in books – now she’s the one writing them! She tells the story of her extraordinary life using the classic tale of the Hero’s Journey, from her coming of age in the Philippines during the 1986 revolution to her present life in London.

In this interactive presentation she talks about her time as a journalist, her years of writing and rejection and her eventual success in publishing her acclaimed novels Tall Story and Shine

Language: English

Age Group: 9-Adult

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There May Be a Castle

Event 114 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Piers Torday
Albert Mallory – nicknamed Mouse – is travelling with his mother and his sisters when he is flung from the car and wakes up in a strange and exciting new world. He and his new friends are looking for a castle, but why? And who is watching them from the woods? Meanwhile, in the wreckage of the car, Mouse’s sister Violet has to use all her wits to save her mother and younger sister from danger.

This powerful new book from Piers Torday, author of the acclaimed Last Wild trilogy, is about love, death, and stories – and two brave children’s quests to protect their family.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

There May Be a Castle

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