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08 March 2017

Desert Stanzas

Imagine an evening under the stars in a traditional desert camp, with an Arabian feast and a flickering campfire. Add this to a series of performances from some of the best poets in the world and you have the recipe for Desert Stanzas.

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Festival Spotlight on…

Noura Al Noman

Author of the Ajwan Trilogy and founder of Makhtoota 5229, the first Emirati publishing house dedicated to producing Arabic content in science fiction and fantasy.

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Jill Dawson

Bestselling author whose latest book, The Crime Writer, stars the brilliant but haunted novelist Patricia Highsmith.

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Victoria Lustbader

Former editor and conservationist turned author of Hidden, Approaching the Speed of Light and Stone Creek: A Novel.

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Wonders of Science

Discover the wonders of science with international writers Ben Miller and Jo Marchant. Don’t miss their fun and informative sessions this weekend.

Science Sessions are a part of UK/UAE 2017, a Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

The Festival wouldn’t be possible without the unending support of our partners and sponsors, especially Title Sponsor Emirates Airline and partner Dubai Culture. Special thanks go to the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Literature Foundation for their guidance.

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International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold for Change

Three inspiring women who have made changes in their countries, and an equally inspiring man who has stood up for equality time and again, speak about their experiences and what can be done to empower women, achieve gender equality, and bring about positive change.

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Closing Ceremony: Letters to the Festival

Writing a letter is more than a means to an end - it is an act with a thrilling legacy of love, loss, secrecy, and endearing quirks. This year’s closing ceremony will feature some of this year’s authors reading the letters they have written to Dubai and its people.

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Author Visits to Schools

150 schools around the UAE have the extraordinary opportunity to host a Festival author as part of the Education Day programme this year. We thank all the schools and universities who have made these visits possible.

Disney Story Area

Enjoy your favourite fairy tales at the Festival’s first Disney Story Area. From 10-11 March, Disney storytelling sessions will be conducted for all our young princes and princesses by the Festival Village.

#DubaiLitFest Social Media Competitions

Keep an eye out for our social media competitions. Exciting prizes await for you, so don’t miss out. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat now.

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Behind the Lens: Ramesh Shukla in Conversation

In this session, Ramesh Shukla and his son, Neel Shukla, share the stories behind his pictures, including his iconic photograph of the founding Sheikhs at Union House in 1971, which features in the UAE National Day Logo.

Wednesday 8 March,

At the heart of Global Strategist Parag Khanna’s visionary book Connectography is a collection of maps that envision the world in new ways.

Wednesday 8 March,
Dreams of a Refugee

Mostafa Salameh is the first Jordanian, the first Arab and one of only 13 people in the world ever to climb the Seven Summits and travel to both the North and South Poles – the ‘Explorer’s Grand Slam.’ Hear his story at the Festival.

Thursday 9 March,
Thursday’s Visitors

Award-winning journalist and author Badriah Al Bishr returns to the Festival to introduce her new book Thursday's Visitors.

Thursday 9 March,
The End Game: Raymond Khoury in Conversation

Master storyteller Raymond Khoury shares the secrets behind writing tense plots

Friday 10 March,
Murder in Mumbai: Books to Bollywood with Piyush Jha

Come and hear from film director and screenwriter Piyush Jha how it feels to get inside the head of a killer as he talks about Raakshas, his fourth novel.

Friday 10 March,
Drawings That Tell Stories

In this workshop, author-illustrator Ibtihaj Al Harthi will help children enrich their imagination by wearing both their storytelling and illustration hats at once!

Friday 10 March,
Emerald Mountain: Mansoura Ez Eldin in Conversation

In her new novel, Emerald Mountain, mysterious narrator Bustan seeks to restore the story of Mount Qaf, the Emerald Mountain, a lost tale from the Thousand-and-one Nights – but why?

Friday 10 March,
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Featuring music, drama, dance and performance by hundreds of students across the UAE

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