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Children's Authors Not to Miss at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

This is where your child can meet the writers behind the books they love

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2 January 2020

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Children's Authors Not to Miss at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Children will be spoiled for choice of books, kids' authors, influential figures, and activities...

It's fun for all the family at this year's edition of the highly anticipated Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, taking place from February 4 - 9, 2020 at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City.

The six-day annual celebration of literature and art will welcome more than 150 authors and speakers, among which are a line-up of some of the best regional and international children's authors.

On top of meeting some of the much-loved names in children's literature right now, fans of the award-winning kids' series "Geronimo Stilton" will have the chance to meet and greet the author at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature!

From little ones to the bigger kids, there's an author and an activity for every child...

For the little ones...

Expect to see bookshelf favourites including Oliver Jeffers, with his popular picture books Stuck, The Amazing Book Eating boy, and many more.

Ross Collins, with his Animal Antics session which might answer the question "What does an anteater eat?"

Nadia Hussain, with her latest picture book My Monster and Me which is about anxiety and reassures younger children who feel anxious; and Dubai’s very own Magic Phil.

For the kids who read...

Once children start to enjoy chapter books, they will delight in the latest capers from Zanib Mian, the creator of Planet Omar, who brings more tales of the wonderful Omar, the Accidental Trouble Magnet, and shows why being different is a very positive thing.

They can revel in Roald Dahl’s Rotsome and Repulsant Words with Fiona Ross and Sara-Jane Arbury, or accompany author and storyteller Christopher Lloyd on an entertaining journey to discover the interconnections of the human and animal worlds in Humanimal.

Space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock will inspire new generations of astronauts, engineers, and scientists, with her infectious enthusiasm for sharing the wonders of space through her “Tours of the Universe”.

Onjali Q. Raúf’s book about a refugee, The Boy at the Back of the Class, won the 2019 Blue Peter Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and she returns with an equally thought-provoking book, The Star Outside my Window.

Feelings of not fitting in are addressed by Tamsin Winter in her funny, heart-warming and moving book Jemima Small Versus the Universe. Tamsin is a previous winner of the Festival’s Montegrappa Writing Prize.

Lucy Strange, who has also won the coveted writing prize, is the bestselling author of The Secret of Nightingale Wood. Strange will return to Dubai for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature with her latest gripping novel, Our Castle by the Sea.

For the young adults...

Young Adults can explore the world of 5fingers with Joshua Raven, where characters fight for freedom against an enemy with a multitude of faces.

Fantasy writer Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands series is an epic story of swirling desert sands, with adventure and danger always close at hand.

Rehan Khan’s latest book features Will Ryde and Awa Maryam Al-Jameel on a quest to locate a fabled suit of armour in sixteenth-century Istanbul.

There is also Greek Mythology as you’ve never seen it before, presented by Maz Evans. Based on her Who Let the Gods Out series, this interactive theatre presentation is both entertaining and educational, so join in for an epic dose of mythological mayhem.

Children's writing competitions

Education is at the heart of the Festival and the Education Days, Student Sessions, School Visits and Children’s Competitions last year reached more than 30,000 students across the country.

The Festival sees the culmination of the student writing competitions, with winners announced in special ceremonies for the Oxford University Press Story Writing Competition, the Taaleem Award for poetry, the Chevron Readers’ Cup quiz competition and the Emirates NBD Poetry for All performance poetry competition.

The winners of the School Librarian of the Year Award will also be honoured at a special event.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

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