Festival of Literature highlights

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Wednesday 7

Heritage Night: David Nicholls in conversation
One time actor, scriptwriter and author of One Day, David Nicholls, will chat to fans about why he left acting, if he prefers scripwriting to fiction, and his upcoming projects.
Dhs195. 7.30pm. Heritage Venue, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Thursday 8

Brian Moore in conversation
British rugby legend, sports journalist and motivational speaker Brian Moore will discuss how his career has taken him from the sports field to the office, and what it was like to write his autobiography.
Dhs65. Thursday March 7, 7.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City 04 353 4002).

Crime Panel: Scene of the Crime
Best-selling British crime novellist Mark Billingham will join Dubai-based author Linda Davies, Egyptian-born author Ahmed Mourad and British author Tom Rob Smith to discuss lively topics such as what makes a good crime novel.
Dhs65. 6pm. Al Ras 2, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Journalism as a Creative Writing Challenge
In this discussion, journalists-turned-novelists will consider the role of journalism in novel writing. The panel includes military correspondent turned author Saeed Al Badi, The National journalist turned teen book novelist Rym Ghazal and editor of Al Bayan Shakir Noori.
Dhs39. 4.30pm. Al Waha, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Maryam Behnam: Little Miss Earthquake, or Zelzelah Bibi
Born in 1921, the year an earthquake struck Bandar Lengeh in Iran, Maryam Behnam has become one of Iran’s most important women, working as a women’s rights activist, writer, a diplomat in Pakistan and the head of Ministry of Arts and Culture in her native country. Listen in as she joins Kate Dourian to talk about her remarkable life and current role of great grandmother.
Dhs65. 6pm. Al Ras 3, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Friday 9

AC Grayling: Philosophy and the Good Life
Renowned British brainiac, philosopher and author AC Grayling will challenge your views as he offers his expertise on life-pondering subjects ranging from philosophical logic, epistemology (the study of knowledge) and metaphysics.
Dhs65. 11.30am. Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Film Panel: From Page to Screen
Ever wondered what authors really think of the film adaptions of their books? Join a panel who have solid experience in this tricky genre, as crime novelist Mark Billingham, The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks and Chinese author Chan Koonchung reveal what makes a successful adaptation, and why some bomb.
Dhs65. 10am. Al Ras 3, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

First Fictions: Three different success stories
A panel of first-time novelists including Dubai-based Liz Fenwick, teen Sarah Hathorn and Alexander McNabb, will reveal how they succeeded in getting their first novel published. Liz Fenwick’s first novel wil be published by Orion in May and Sarah Hathorn and Alexander McNabb are both self-publishers.
Dhs65. 3pm. Al Baraha 2, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

How to Get Published Literary agent
Luigi Bonomi’s popular masterclass (the first of which sold out) will help shed light on whether your book idea will sell, what publishers are looking for and whether you should go through an agent.
Dhs120. 10am. Al Baraha 2, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Kate Adie, The Roar of the Press, the Squeak of Social Media: Modern Journalism
Respected British journalist and former BBC news correspondent Kate Adie discusses the role of the journalist in the age of social media. She will discuss why reporting is still important in an era where news is now delivered as it happens.
Dhs65. 10am. Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Nicholas Sparks: the bestselling author of Message in a Bottle
American author Nicholas Sparks, who has penned the books and successful adaptations of The Notebook, Message In A Bottle and A Walk To Remember, will discuss his life with fans.
Dhs65. Friday March 9, 7.30pm, Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Paolo Giordano in conversation with Rosie Goldsmith
Italian particle physicist Paulo Giordano. aged 30, has shot to fame with his internationally best-selling novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers, now also a film. In the book, he likens two friends to prime numbers and the concept that they are separate, but forever linked. Hear Rosie Goldsmith interview Paolo about his next project and the art of being Italian.
Dhs65. 7.30pm. Al Ras 2, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Riz Khan: We Interrupt Our Programming – A Novel
High profile journalist and international TV broadcaster Riz Khan discusses his new book, which takes a comical look at the behind-the-scenes newsroom drama that many are unaware of.
Dhs65. 6pm. Al Baraha 3, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Saturday 10

Alastair Reynolds – Beyond Rocket Science: Exploring the fine line between science and fiction
Fans of science fiction will be offered a rare glimpse into the world of former scientist and award-winning author Alastair Reynolds. Having spent 16 years employed with the European Space Agency, this man knows what makes the genre believable. In this discussion he will explore how science fiction is adjusting to the modern world.
Dhs65. 4.30pm. Al Ras 2, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Capturing the Past on the Silver Screen
The Emirati author of The Sandfish, Maha Gargash, will describe the inspiration for her debut novel, and Emirati poet and documentary-maker Khalid Al Budoor will discuss the art of writing scripts to capture bygone areas.
Dhs39. Saturday March 10, 7.30pm, Al Majlis, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

The History Girls: Opening up a Window on the Past
Historical fiction authors Katie Hickman and Kate Pullinger have both mastered the art of accurately bringing to life bygone eras that would otherwise be inaccessible. Both authors are able to realistically relay the mindset and hardships faced by the characters of that time, as well as the sights, sounds and smells. In this session, they will reveal how they fine-tuned these historical skills for fiction writing.
Dhs65. 6pm. Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone
British reporter Rosie Garthwaite shares her secrets to surviving a war zone in this discussion with the co-founder of www.middleeastposts.com, James Mullan. At just 22 years old, Rosie was reporting from within post-invasion Iraq, and her book How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone sheds light on how to avoid tricky situations, such as bombs, frostbite, heat and riots. One third of the book’s sales will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières.
Dhs65. 10am. Al Ras 3, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Mark Billingham Masterclass
Suitable for both experienced and amateur writers, this 25-person workshop will see crime novelist Mark Billingham open up discussion about plot twists, how to initially engage the author and then keep them hooked throughout. Ages 17+.
Dhs200. 10am. l Rimal 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

Tom Rob Smith in conversation

British crime writer Tom Rob Smith’s first novel Child 44 was longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize and won the Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for the
best adventure/thriller in 2008. Smith has also worked as a screenwriter, during which time he lived in Cambodia, writing the country’s first soap.
Dhs65. 10am. Al Baraha 2, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).

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