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23 February 2017

Sessions Selling Fast, Get Your #DubaiLitFest Ticket Today

Hurry, get your #DubaiLitFest tickets today. Several sessions and workshops have already sold out and many more have limited seats left.

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Festival Spotlight on…

Jamal Mahjoub

Author of seven novels and numerous short stories and essays; he is the writer of the Makana Investigations series under the pen name Parker Bilal.

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Piyush Jha

Director of films on unconventional subjects and author of noir crime novels based in Mumbai.

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Bernard Minier

Bestselling French crime writer of the Commandant Servaz series, which includes Don't Turn Out the Lights and The Frozen Dead.

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The Eagle Huntress

Aisholpan Nurgaiv is the first woman in twelve generations of her family to take up hunting. Her story, narrated by Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) has swept awards and nominations at film. Now catch it at #DubaiLitFest with a talk by Abi Elphinstone!

This session is sponsored by Dubai International Film Festival

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Cook for Syria

In this UAE Year of Giving, join us for an unforgettable dinner featuring recipes from the #CookForSYRIA cookbook – a compilation of celebrity chef and traditional Syrian recipes – and atmospheric Syrian poetry and music.

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Accessible Arabic

Our panel discusses the findings of the 2016 Arab Reading Index alongside exciting news from Google about their own Arabic books project, and asks what we can do to make books more accessible and how we can work to engage more readers.

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Residential Creative Writing Course

Aspiring writers, book your place on one of the #DubaiLitFest Creative Writing Courses, conducted by award-winning international authors from 5-7 March.

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Dubai International Publishing Conference

From starting up a business to managing runaway bestsellers, answer all your burning publishing industry questions at the first Dubai International Publishing Conference, held from 5-6 March.

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Festival Art Exhibition Now Open

The Festival Art Exhibition is now open for viewing. Head over to Dubai Festival City Mall and enjoy the works of students from around the UAE.

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Let’s Cook Up a Story

Let’s prepare the main ingredients to cook up a story! Join Maitha Al Khayat in this active workshop to create the characters, build up a plot and write your story.

Saturday 4 March,
10am-11.30am
A Trip to the Garden of Ideas

Little Amal broke free from the laziness monster and escaped to the ideas garden to write her thoughts! Create the hero of your story and discover their adventure.

Saturday 4 March,
12pm-1.30pm
Let's Write a Story

Do you like to write and draw? Join author Sahar Naja Mahfouz who will show you how to turn words, pictures and colours into exciting adventures full of surprising characters.

Saturday 4 March,
4pm-5.30pm
Creating and Publishing Your Comic

Khaled bin Hamad is passionate about comics. In this masterclass he will look at the unique nature of comic book storytelling, how to get published and how to stay successful once you’re there!

Wednesday 8 March,
6pm-8pm
Chemistry of Letters

Are you a 12-17 year old looking to write a short story? Then this workshop is the place for you! Hooda Al Shawa Al Qaddumi will set up the word lab so you can start mixing up words and building your short story.

Thursday 9 March,
4.30pm-6.30pm
Peter Dale’s Advanced Enigmas

Are you a cryptic crossword fan looking to take on tougher challenges? If so, then Peter Dale is back with further training for people who have mastered the basics and now want to crack the most intricate clues.

Friday 10 March,
2pm-3.30pm
Caribbean Playground

Explore Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games in this interactive, lively and musical workshop featuring a reading of Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L Hohn, musical instruments, and storytelling!

Saturday 11 March,
10am-11.30am
Tender Hands

In this workshop, Noura Al Khoori will read from her book The Tender Hands before leading the group in making paper hands on which they can write good deeds they plan to do and then display them.

Saturday 11 March,
3pm-4pm
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