Rachel Hamilton interview for Emirates Lit Fest

Time Out Dubai has an Rachel Hamilton interview for Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature 2016. Read more about the Dubai festival taking place March 1-12

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

From crime writers to historians, novelists to fitness gurus, the 8th annual Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature has all bases covered, with more 150 literary brains taking part. And that's just the experts.

From Tuesday March 1 to Saturday 12, writers, illustrators, publishers, poets and more will gather at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City to celebrate the written word across more than 300 events.

You can read our full preview of the fesival by clicking the link - Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature preview - or read on to hear from one of the authors taking part.

Dubai-based writer Rachel Hamilton talks about returning to the Literature Festival and penning new books.

Rachel Hamilton describes her books as “quirky stories for kids of all ages”. Her debut novel, The Case of the Exploding Loo, was runner-up in the Montegrappa First Fiction competition at the 2013 edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. It went on to win the Worcestershire Awesomest Book Award as well as being nominated for the Redbridge Children’s Book Award and Leeds Book Awards. “The Literature Festival has been a huge part of my writing journey. Over the seven years I’ve been attending, my writing has evolved from random scribbles to work that three international publishing houses [Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press and Scholastic] have wanted to buy. It is no exaggeration to say that the last couple of years of my life have been a dream come true,” Hamilton says.

This year will see the author return to the festival that helped launch her career, to take part in a panel session called Scintillating Science, alongside fellow authors Christopher Edge, Nick Arnold and Nicola Davies. They will discuss the ways in which science is used in storytelling, and Hamilton will also launch her latest kids’ book series Unicorn in New York. So what attracts the author to children’s tales? “I love kids,” she says. “They have a great sense of the ridiculous and can see the comedy in almost anything. I’ve got a very juvenile sense of humour, so most things that make me giggle make kids giggle too.”

When it comes to writing a book, Hamilton says she doesn’t have a particular routine. “I am the world’s most haphazard writer. I basically just sit down and write whenever I feel the urge to. I’m not a very good sleeper, so some of my best writing is done at 3am, when I wake up full of ideas,” she says. One of her latest ideas is to write a book set locally, in collaboration with an Arabic author. So perhaps her next book will see that unicorn let loose in the desert…

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