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01 March 2017

Only Two Days Till #DubaiLitFest 2017

It’s almost here! We are all set for a nine day literary extravaganza featuring some of the most renowned authors from around the world. Are you ready?

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Festival Spotlight on…

Leila Aboulela

Award-winning writer of The Translator, Minaret and the upcoming The Kindness of Enemies.

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Kei Miller

Jamaican poet, writer, essayist and blogger; his The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion won the Forward Prize for Poetry.

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Peter F Hamilton

Bestselling science fiction author whose work includes the space operas of the Commonwealth Universe, most recently Night Without Stars.

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The Future of Intellectual Property in the UAE

What is the state of intellectual property in the UAE today? Learn about rights, copyright and trademarks to the ongoing saga of digital piracy and making sure that authors and readers alike benefit from new legislation.

This session is sponsored by Dubai Customs.

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2017 is the UAE Year of Giving and we want you to join us for an unforgettable fundraising 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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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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Competition Prize Givings

Don’t miss the prize givings for Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition and Taaleem Award, as well as the semi-finals and finals of the Qasidah par Coeur performance poetry competition and Chevron Readers’ Cup.

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ELF Dubai App

Get all your #DubaiLitFest and #ELFDubai information on the go with the ELF Dubai app.

Download the app at the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.


Tales of a Saudi in Latin America

Social media phenomenon and author of Tales of a Saudi in Europe, Abdullah Al Jumah, talks about his travels in Latin American countries and learning about the beliefs and cultures of many different peoples.

Saturday 4 March,
Writing Successfully for Young Adults: Find Out How

Sonia Nimr’s writing takes a fun, human approach to traditional culture and folklore, in language that speaks to modern young adults and inspires their imaginations.

Friday 3 March,
My Mum’s Pretty Veil

Join this interactive session with children’s author and Festival favourite Maitha Al Khayat, in which she reads from My Mum’s Pretty Veil: a story of the love between children and their mothers.

Saturday 4 March,
How to Write Vibrant Children's Stories

If you want to write a living and memorable children’s book, then Shaima Al Marzooqi can help you learn the main elements of a good children’s story!

Saturday 4 March,
Upbeat: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

Orchestra conductor Paul MacAlindin’s moving – sometimes devastating – story is about a group of people defying our recent history to find happiness. Hear his story at the Festival.

Monday 6 March,
UAE Travellers: Around the World by Car

Listen to the delightful tale of the UAE Travellers whose years-long road trip in a car took them to 65 countries and helped them introduce the Emirati culture to the people they met.

Monday 6 March,
Making Myths with Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay's novels are laced with legends and myths from her native Philippines. She will lead the children in making their own myths using comics techniques and narrative structure.

Thursday 9 March,
Play in a Day

Is it possible to write, rehearse and perform a whole play in just 24 hours? Come along to this performance session with Alex Broun, Piyush Jha and Raymond Khoury, to find out!

Saturday 11 March,
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The Fringe

Time Out Story Corner

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Featuring music, drama, dance and performance by hundreds of students across the UAE

Hosts plenty of story-telling and craft activities for our younger audiences.

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