Reading fun for kids

Roar with laughter, gasp with excitement, listen with amazement: check out these fascinating talks at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Darren Shan
Darren Shan
Gervase Phinn
Gervase Phinn
Roger McGough
Roger McGough
Friday March 12

11am Darren Shan
The ‘Master of Horror’ talks about and reads from his mega-selling series’ The Saga of Darren Shan and The Demonata, plus (we hope) he will offer festival-goers a sneak preview of his new book, The Thin Executioner. Age 10+

11am Polly Dunbar
Dance the wiggly-woo and blow raspberries at Penguin in this interactive session with stories, drawing and puppets. Age 4-6

12.30pm Caroline Lawrence
Discover the tricks of the trade in this illustrated ‘How to Write a Good Mystery’ talk by the author of the best-selling Roman Mysteries series. Age 8+

2pm Ian Whybrow
Meet the creator of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs and enjoy readings, songs and games as he shows you how his books are put together. Age 4-7

3.30pm Fatima Sharafeddine
Join this story-telling session where Fatima selects some of her favourites, including the award-winning Mountain Rooster. Age 4-7

3.30pm Roger McGough,
Roger wrestles with morality, seeks love in the launderette, snaps Henri Carter Bresson in Liverpool and jives in Macca’s trousers in ‘That Awkward Age’. Age 14+

5pm Michelle Paver
Reindeer-hide mittens, a ringed seal pelt, part of an antler (but no wolves!) – just some of the items Michelle shows you when she talks about her amazing research trips for the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. Age 8+

6.30pm Conn Iggulden
Teacher turned best-selling author of the deliciously subversive Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn tells how he escaped the classroom and chats about his latest book, Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children. Age 8+

8pm Gervase Phinn
Laugh-aloud entertainment from the former schools inspector whose tales of life in the Yorkshire Dales reveal a shrewd eye for character and irrepressible sense of fun. Young adults+

Saturday March 13

10am Roger McGough,
Gorillas, fruit bats, jazz-loving jellyfish, tiny poems for toddling tiddlers and more in Roger’s performance poetry session ‘Slapstick’. Age 8+

11.30am Taghreed Najjar
Join the author of Who Hid the Eid Lamb?, the Al Halazone series animated for the Arabic version of Sesame Street, and discover some new stories. Age 6+

11.30am Jacqueline Wilson

Your chance to meet the international superstar and creator of Tracy Beaker – one of the most popular characters of all time. Find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about Jackie’s books, her life and her sources of inspiration. Age 10+

1pm Oliver Jeffers
Watch The Incredible Book-Eating Boy spring to life as Oliver recreates his amazing illustrations for you while his book is read aloud (we’re not promising he will actually eat any books). Age 3-6

2.30pm Julia Johnson
Discover the history and culture of the Arabian peninsula in Julia’s captivating tales, such as The Pearl Diver and The Saluki. A magical event combining storytelling with fascinating facts. Age 8+

4pm Tony Ross
Best known for his Horrid Henry illustrations, Tony also writes his own books (the Towser series and the brilliant books about extraterrestrial teacher Dr Xargle). He’ll be treating you to brand new stories – told as he draws. Age 7+

4pm Nadine Touma
Nadine believes art should be part of a child’s everyday life. Join this dynamic and inspiring author/artist/poet/publisher as she shares some of her favourite tales – including Where did my Fingers go? Age 4+

5.30pm Garth Nix
Top Australian fantasy writer visits Dubai to celebrate publication of Lord Sunday, the seventh and final book in his Keys to the Kingdom series. Age 8+

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