For Mums By Mums Get ready to be inspired by your favourite authors.
05th November 2017

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 

Get ready to be inspired by your favourite authors.

From March 1-10 some of the world’s best loved authors and storytellers will be coming to Dubai to tell their stories. With workshops, readings, events, meet and greats, signings and something for everyone, the event at Festival City is not to be missed. Here are our top picks for you and your children. 

Jacqueline Wilson
When: Friday March 2 
Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City 
Children 9+ 

This superstar author - best known for beloved characters Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, will be here to read from her new book Wave Me Goodbye, which tells the story of 10-year-old Shirley, an evacuee in the Second World War who is sent to live in a strange old house with the mysterious Mrs Waverley. Travel back in time and let your children emerge themselves in Wilson’s incredible story-telling.  
Printed book plates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available at the Festival Bookshop and the lucky first 200 ticket buyers will have a chance to meet Jacqueline for a special book signing and photo.

James Dashner
When: Friday 2 March
InterContinental DFC 
Children 12+ 
James Dashner’s epic Maze Runner series is an international phenomenon. The first book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 100 weeks and two of the books have been adapted as blockbuster movies starring Dylan O’Brien, with part 3, The Death Cure, hitting cinema screens worldwide in early 2018. In his first visit to the Festival, hear from the author himself how he created Thomas, WICKED and the Gladers, as well as his other series such as the mind-bending Mortality Doctrine and dimension-hopping 13th Reality.

Anthony Horowitz 
When: Saturday 3 March
InterContinental DFC 
Children 9+ 
Alex Rider is back by popular demand in the new adrenalin-fuelled novel, Never Say Die.  Anthony Horowitz has brought the world’s greatest teenage spy out of (early) retirement to put an end to Scorpia once and for all. Hear about the thrilling mission that throws Alex back into a world of deadly secrets, from Egypt to France, with a minefield of dangers along the way. And listen closely for some hints of what to expect in Alex’s next adventure, Nightshade!

And for mums and dads: 

Chetan Bhagat is the author of nine blockbuster books, including seven novels—Five Point Someone, One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, 2 States, Revolution 2020, Half Girlfriend, and One Indian Girl, and two non-fiction titles— What Young India Wants and Making India Awesome. Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release with four out his five novels being adapted into successful Bollywood films. And he has been called ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history’.

Alexander McCall Smith: He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and 30 immensely popular children’s books. His various series of books have been translated into 46 languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the very popular No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels. 

Carol Ann Duffy: She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T S Eliot Prizes, as well as the Lannan and E M Forster Prize in America. She was appointed UK Poet Laureate in 2009 and lives in Manchester, England where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Claudia Roden: Cookery writer and chef Roden is a specialist in Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean cuisine (in particular Italy and Spain), with a special interest in the social, cultural and historical background of food. Her first book, A Book of Middle Eastern Food, is said to have transformed Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East and North Africa. It is currently being dramatized for a BBC radio 4 series to be heard in 2018.

Kate Adie: War correspondent, journalist and author Adie is one of the first British women to have sent despatches from danger zones around the world. Her knowledge, insight and courage is not to be missed. 

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