Fear Factory: David Eagleman, Polly Phillips, Stephen Graham Jones & Walid Owda

Fear Factory: David Eagleman, Polly Phillips, Stephen Graham Jones & Walid Owda

Date/Time: Friday 11 February 2022 20:00-21:00

Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 3, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No: 54 

A panel of top authors examines one of the most fundamental human emotions: Fear.

As deeply rooted in our psychology as fear is, it plays a complex role in our art and culture. People seek out scary books and movies or extreme experiences for a wide variety of reasons, and the things we are afraid of change as we age and our personalities develop.

Our panel will discuss the purpose of fear in their writing, how it connects to their own fears, and how it can be used to keep a reader turning the pages rather than scaring them away.

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University and the internationally bestselling author of Livewired, The Brain, The Runaway Species and more, as well as a bestselling book of literary fiction examining the concept of death and the afterlife, Sum. He will be joining the panel virtually.

Polly Phillips is the winner of the 2019 LitFest Writing Prize. Her novel My Best Friend’s Murder was published in 2021 and explores a terrifying toxic friendship. Polly will be appearing virtually.

Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of Mongrels, The Only Good Indians, and My Heart is a Chainsaw.

Walid Owda is a Palestinian writer with a PhD in computer engineering from Russia. His latest novel, Life in the Heart of the Executioner, was published in 2021.

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