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09 February 2017

Emirati Talents Take Centre Stage at #DubaiLitFest

More than 30 Emirati authors and speakers will be participating at the Festival this year, with many attending for the first time. Don’t miss listening to the incredible journeys of these home-grown talents.

The Emirati strand is sponsored by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

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Children’s and Education Programme

Children in the UAE can look forward to more than 50 main programme sessions and workshops at the Festival with the line-up including Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry), Sonia Nimr (Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands) and Tanya Landman (Hell and High Water).

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Festival Spotlight on…

Bader Najeeb Al Awadhi

20-year-old Emirati chef who has gained international recognition for his sumptuous desserts that incorporate Emirati cuisine with international cooking styles.

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Sabrina Ghayour

Persian and Middle Eastern chef, teacher and bestselling author of Persiana and Sirocco.

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Nisha Katona

Barrister-turned-chef and curry evangelist, she is the author of Pimp My Rice.

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Ronson on Finding Tolerance in an Angry World

What happens when a large group of people turn on an individual in a collective social media attack? Jon Ronson’s latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, looks into an age-old phenomenon that has gained new life online.

This session is sponsored by Gulf News.

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GPP Photo Week

The annual photography festival, GPP Photo Week 2017 will be held from 10-17 February and Foundation Friends are entitled to a special discount. Avail of 20% discount on all workshops and sessions. You can also enjoy one complimentary Photo Friday session using the code ELFRIENDS.

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Win a Trip for Two with Costa Debate

Enter the Costa Debate on ‘Hot vs Cold’ for a chance to win a trip for two to a destination of your choice! Flights and accommodation included.

Deadline: February 22, 2017!

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Meet the Authors, At The Top!

You can still enter to win an amazing experience with #DubaiLitFest authors At The Top, Burj Khalifa.

Deadline: February 14, 2017!

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Book Lovers’ Quiz Night

One week left till UAE tests its literary prowess at the annual Book Lovers’ Quiz Night. Book your place now.

Date: February 15, 2017
Venue: 33rd Floor, Sheikh Rashid Tower, World Trade Centre.

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Festival Author Books Now at Magrudy’s

A selection of Festival 2017 author books are now available at Magrudy’s Bookstores across the UAE. Look out for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature branding and stickers.

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Reading & Remembering

The Festival pays homage to the literary values of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, which was bombed on March 5, 2007, with readings from an anthology celebrating Iraqi culture.

Sunday 5 March,
UAE Political Fiction: Betrayal of a Country

Hamad Al Hammady’s books have been welcomed by Emiratis and expats as they tackle high stakes issues such as love, patriotism, and sinister terrorist cells.

Monday 6 March,
Lost Objects: Preserving the Past

How do we hold on to heritage in an increasingly globalised world? Our panellists consider the implications of neglecting the past.

Wednesday 8 March,
Swimmer Among the Stars

The stories in Kanishk Tharoor’s debut collection reveal an extraordinary storyteller, whose tales have seen him compared to Jorge Luis Borges.

Friday 10 March,
With Chef B: Cooking Up Success

Emirati Chef Bader Najeeb chose to stand up to the stereotype that cooking is ‘only for women’. How did he start his Emirati-inspired cooking and become a social media sensation?

Friday 10 March,
There May Be a Castle

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.

Saturday 11 March,
Taking the High Road

In this session, you have the chance to hear from Ram Buxani, one of the most influential Indians in the Arab World, who was a witness of and contributor to Dubai’s rise.

Saturday 11 March,
Taking Up the Mantle

When a writer dies leaving work unfinished, who – if anyone - should continue their legacy? Two of our authors discuss how they coped when faced with this daunting challenge.

Saturday 11 March,
Become a Festival Champion

Become a Teacher/Librarian, Parent or Student Festival Champion to spread the word about Festival 2017.

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Upcoming Events

Festival Reading Group
- Arabic

Children's Reading Group

Festival Reading Group
- English

15 FEB 2017 (Wed)
11am – 12pm

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18 FEB 2017 (Sat)
10am – 11am

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22 FEB 2017 (Wed)
7:30pm – 9pm

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