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Event 2 Jacqueline Wilson: The History Girls

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

Superstar children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has created some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, from the mischievous Tracy Beaker to the headstrong Hetty Feather.

Her new book, Wave Me Goodbye, tells the moving story of 10-year-old Shirley, an evacuee in the Second World War who is sent to live in a strange old house with the mysterious Mrs Waverley….

Travel back in time with Shirley, Hetty and many more in Jacqueline’s capable hands.

There will be no public book signing at this session, but printed book plates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with each book purchased at the Festival Bookshop.

The lucky first 200 ticket buyers will have a chance to meet Jacqueline for a special book signing and photo.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

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Event 64 Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave

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

Authors: Julia Johnson
In a remote mountain village of the UAE, in the grip of a deadly drought, a young girl falls into a cave and makes a discovery which could save her people… if only she could reach them!

Award-winning UAE-based author, Julia Johnson, is famed for her gripping stories about the history, culture and wildlife of the region, from the Kirkus-starred book The Leopard Boy, to winner of the International Children’s Book award, The Turtle Secret. In her trademark warm storytelling style, Julia will transport us to the beautiful, and sometimes dangerous, mountainous regions in her brand new book, The Secret of the Cave.

Language: English

Age Group: 7+

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Event 803 Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Eric Broug
Would you love to be an artist, designer or architect when you grow up?

Eric Broug, an expert in Islamic geometric design, is here to teach you the secrets of this amazing art form found throughout the Islamic world.

Using templates, he’ll take you through a step-by-step approach to create your own intricate patterns!

The tutor: Eric Broug is a designer specialising in Islamic geometric design. He studied Islamic design at the School of Oriental & African Studies in London and has made a career of his passion. In 2014 he founded the UK-Based School of Islamic Geometric Design.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 10-14

Designing Patterns: Workshop for Children with Eric Broug

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Event 12 Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

When Isabella’s best friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. With ink maps and her knowledge of the stars, can she navigate her island’s forgotten heart to find her friend?

Unbreakable friendships, dark secrets and legendary monsters abound in Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s bestselling and multi-award winning The Girl of Ink & Stars. Compared to fantasy greats such as Philip Pullman, Kiran’s star continues to rise with latest novel, The Island at the End of Everything.

Come and hear about Kiran’s love for myth and folklore – and why islands make such magical fictional worlds.

Kiran will be in conversation with Sally Mousa.

Language: English

Age Group: 8+

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Girl of Ink & Stars

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Event 17 Dream a Story: Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Words and pictures combine to bring the story to life in this exciting picture book session!

Author Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Illustrator Yara Bamieh show the unique way they work together when Samar reads her story The Nice Visitor while Yara draws the scenes – children are encouraged to give their predictions! Then, after a quick reading from their book My Swing, the fun continues with author and illustrator teaming up to show how every child can sit on their own swing and write and draw their own story – paper and pencils will be provided if you want to join in!

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 8+

Dream a Story: Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh

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Event 33 Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: Philip Ardagh
Tove Jansson’s Moomins are beloved by children and adults worldwide. Lifelong Moomin fan Philip Ardagh has written The World of Moominvalley, a beautifully illustrated guide to Jansson’s magical world and its inhabitants.

In this family session Philip will introduce the book to Moominfans old and new in his unique larger-than-life style, revisiting the cast of unusual characters, showing how to spot a Moomin, and opening up the Moomin archive to show rarely seen material.

This is a very special session celebrating some of the greatest children’s books of all time – come and visit Moominvalley!

This session will be hosted by Daniel Patrick LeBlanc. 

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley

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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+

Nidhal Guessoum: Inspiring Science

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Event 38 Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

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

Alex Rider is back by popular demand in the new adrenalin-fuelled novel, Never Say Die.

Anthony Horowitz has brought the world’s greatest teenage spy out of (early) retirement to put an end to Scorpia once and for all. Come and hear about the thrilling mission that throws Alex back into a world of deadly secrets, from Egypt to France, with a minefield of dangers along the way. And listen closely for some hints of what to expect in Alex’s next adventure, Nightshade!

Anthony will be in conversation with Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

Anthony Horowitz: Alex Rider Returns

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Event 39 Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Hamad and Saeed are ready for an epic race, between Hamad’s camel … and Saeed’s drone! But who will win? Emirati children’s author Ahmed Al Shoaibi is back by popular demand for more modern-day adventures blended with Emirati culture, following characters Hamad and his sister Ayesha.

Learn more about Emirati identity and values such as heroism and kindness in this fun-filled story session. Ahmed will share his tales in both Arabic and English, so the session is open to all.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 9+

Ahmed Al Shoaibi: The Camel and the Drone

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Event 811 Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Grandma Moudhi is no ordinary grandmother – she’s an Emirati fashionista! And in this new tale she gets lost on a trip to Italy … and joins a Mardi Gras party!

Maitha Al Khayat invites you to this fun workshop of readings and crafts. Wear your best Emirati national dress, or try on some clothes and masks from Maitha’s dressing up box!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is one of the UAE’s most popular illustrators and authors. Her book My Own Special Way won the award for best book in the 2011 Riyadh Children’s Forum and Turn Off the Lights was named Best Picture Book at the Sharjah Publisher’s Forum.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 6-10

Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

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Event 847 Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard

Saturday 3 March, 12.30pm-2pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: MG Leonard
Get your imagination crawling with some insect inspiration!

In this creative writing workshop MG Leonard will teach you how to use beautiful beetle postcards as writing prompts. From there, she will take you on a journey of the imagination to build your own beetle-ful story.

The tutor: MG Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling author who is fascinated by creepy crawlies. Her trilogy Beetle Boy, The Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles stars a group of children whose battle against evil is aided by beetles and their real-life superpowers.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 9-11

Beetle Stories: Writing Workshop with MG Leonard

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Event 51 Philip Ardagh: The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

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

Authors: Philip Ardagh
Enter the implausible world of Eddie Dickens, an average Victorian boy who has the misfortune to be surrounded by criminals, madmen, and criminal madmen. And a stuffed stoat called Malcolm.

Larger-than-life children’s author Philip Ardagh, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of his Eddie Dickens series, which begins with our unfortunate hero’s parents turning yellow and crinkly … and goes downhill from there.

Come and share in Eddie’s unpredictable adventures with Mad Uncle Jack, Even-Madder Aunt Maud, Lady Constance and more!

Language: English

Age Group: 7+

Philip Ardagh: The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

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Event 848 Map My Story: Writing Workshop with Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Saturday 3 March, 2.30pm-4pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an expert in magical island adventures – and this time, she wants to take you with her. Join Kiran for a unique creative writing workshop that focuses on mapmaking as a method of storytelling. This hands-on, interactive session will get you creating your own fictional island, complete with jungles, volcanoes, lagoons – whatever you choose! Then, you’ll write a brand new adventure set there….

The tutor: Kiran Millwood Hargrave is author of the bestselling The Girl of Ink & Stars and The Island at the End of Everything, and winner of Best Children’s Book at the British Book Awards 2017 and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 8-12

Map My Story: Writing Workshop with Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Event 69 MG Leonard: Beetle Boy

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

Authors: MG Leonard
MG Leonard was terrified of insects … until she wrote her award-winning first novel Beetle Boy. She discovered the extraordinary world of creepy-crawlies through Darkus and Baxter, a boy and a beetle on a mission to stop mad scientist fashionista Lucretia Cutter. The adventure continues in Beetle Queen and the forthcoming Battle of the Beetles.

In this bugtastic talk, MG Leonard will read from her books, and, with help from The Green Planet and some real life insects, she will talk about beetle super-powers and how these little creatures are important to the environment.

Language: English

Age Group: 8+

MG Leonard: Beetle Boy

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Event 141 Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

Thursday 8 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

UAE-based children's author Rachel Hamilton – with the help of an eternally optimistic unicorn named Louie – will explore what it's like to give life to characters who don't actually exist... Except maybe they do!

Rachel is a Festival favourite and the author of the Unicorn in New York series as well as The Case of the Exploding Loo and The Case of the Exploding Brains. Join her for an afternoon of hairbrained stories and writing inspiration for kids of all ages.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

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Event 130 David Walliams in Conversation

Saturday 10 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Bestselling author David Walliams has amended his travel plans to fit in one more talk for his fans in the UAE!

The UK’s biggest selling author of 2017, whose most recent book Bad Dad claimed the coveted Christmas Number One in the book charts, will reveal some of the secrets behind his extraordinary success, the delicate art of balancing a writing career with multiple TV gigs, and how he keeps the hilarious ideas coming. 

David will be in conversation with Yvette Judge.

Language: English

David Walliams in Conversation

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Event 76 The World of David Walliams

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Number one bestselling children’s author, talent show judge and actor David Walliams returns to Dubai to reveal all about his latest laugh-out-loud books!

The author of The Midnight Gang, Grandpa’s Great Escape and new book Bad Dad (about a wild scheme to return stolen loot!) will be talking to his friend and fellow author Andy Riley about hilariously horrible kids, gangsta grannies and ssspectacularly surprising snakes. If that wasn’t enough, there will be a special guest appearance by David’s illustrator, Tony Ross….

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

The World of David Walliams

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Event 81 SF Said: Phoenix and Varjak Paw

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

Authors: SF Said
SF Said achieved international acclaim with Varjak Paw, the award-winning story of a Mesopotamian Blue cat who has to save his friends from a terrible fate. His new book Phoenix is the story of a boy who dreams the stars are singing to him and awakes to find he has amazing new powers that take him away from his home planet on an epic quest into deep space!

A British author born in Beirut, SF Said’s books celebrate adventure, identity and the power of stories themselves – this tour of the worlds of Varjak and Phoenix is a must for children, parents and anyone who enjoys a thrilling adventure.

Language: English

Age Group: 9+

SF Said: Phoenix and Varjak Paw

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Event 120 Guinness World Records: Real-Life Superheroes

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Craig Glenday
Are you ready for some real-life superheroes?

The new Guinness World Records annual is packed with incredible accomplishments, spectacular stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting feats.

The book’s editor in chief, Craig Glenday, has seen these records happen with his own eyes, and he’s here to show mind-blowing videos and astonishing pictures of the awesome achievements.

Don’t miss this glimpse into the making of the definitive guide to the world’s wildest record-breakers!

Craig will be in conversation with Rachel McArthur.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Guinness World Records: Real-Life Superheroes

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Event 825 Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Do you have a passion for pandas or a love for lemurs? If you really like animals, you’re ready to write an animal story!

Tom Moorhouse’s knowledge of water voles and their riverbank friends helped him write his own popular books. In this workshop he will teach children to use what they know about their favourite animal to write a brand new adventure story.

The tutor: Dr Tom Moorhouse is an ecologist at Oxford University’s Zoology Department. He has used his animal knowledge in The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster, and is now continuing the story of The Wind in the Willows in The New Adventures of Mr Toad.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-11

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