The 9th Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature took place earlier in the year and here you can listen to the authors, historians, broadcasters and thinkers who came from all over the world to share their stories, thoughts and ideas.
KAPOW – Comics And Animation – Culture Strikes Back
Sana Amanat aka Ms Marvel and director of content and character development at Marvel and one half of the duo responsible for creating the new Ms Marvel, Kamala Khan, brings diversity to mainstream comics by introducing a female Muslim.
Mohammed Saeed Harib took four elderly Arab women and made them the protagonists for his TV animation series. Khaled bin Hamad left a government job and moved to Japan to study manga and animation for three years. He is the artist responsible for creating a comic strip for Expo 2020 as well as being a published graphic artist.
Dare to Do
On 1 April 2011 adventurer, explorer and athlete Sara Outen MBE set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France, as part of her expedition London2London via the world. Her aim was to circle the globe entirely under her own steam – cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Atlantic and eventually home. The journey took her 4.5 years to complete and she is author of two books – Dare to Do the story of her journey, which has been shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year award and Dip in the Ocean.
A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale is the author of 17 novels, and most recently A Place Called Winter a novel shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. It is the story of a privileged elder son Harry Cane, forced to abandon his wife and child, who signs up for emigration to the newly colonised, remote and unforgiving and Canadian prairies. The novel is described as an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking.
Patrick’s father was the prison governor of HM Prison Camp Hill on the Isle of Wight, and he was brought up in and around prisons. He lives in Cornwall where he raises beef cattle and grows barley. Patrick is obsessed with his garden which includes England’s westernmost walled rose garden.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
Award winning broadcaster, journalist, screenwriter and author Jon Ronson has published ten books, written for screen and most recently co-wrote the Netflix action adventure film Okja.
For his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon spent three years travelling around the world speaking to people who had been publicly shamed online, collecting their stories for the book. Jon Ronson’s subjects have included people who believe that goats can be killed by the power of a really hard stare, and people who believe that the world is ruled by twelve-foot lizard-men….
Frank Gardner OBE, is the BBC’s Security Correspondent, a journalist and author, who since 2001 has been heavily involved in covering the war on terror. Frank was appointed OBE in 2005 for his services to journalism. Frank has published the bestselling Blood and Sand, a book describing his 25 years of Middle Eastern experiences, Far Horizons a book about unusual journeys to unusual places and he published his first novel, Crisis in 2016.
The Girl From Aleppo
Christina Lamb OBE, is a British Journalist and author who is the Chief Foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times. Lamb has won fourteen major awards including four British Press Awards and the European Prix Bayeux-Calvados for war correspondents. She has spent 28 years covering the drawn-out conflict in Afghanistan and her reporting from Zimbabwe led to her being declared an enemy of the state by Robert Mugabe’s regime. Christina has published eight books including I am Malala, the story of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousef, with her latest book The Girl From Aleppo telling the story of Nujeen, a young Kurdish teenager, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk, who travelled in her wheelchair from Syria to Germany in search of a new life.
Jo Malone My Story
Jo Malone MBE, the British perfumer, businesswoman, founder of Jo Malone London and Jo Loves. Jo has severe dyslexia, and left school without any qualifications She created the company with her mother Eileen, which is particularly well known for her range of scented candles and in 1999 Malone sold Jo Malone London to Estee Lauder for ‘undisclosed millions’. Since then Jo has established her new, own brand, Jo Loves. She has written her autobiography Jo Malone My Story, which tells the story of her journey, her struggles with dyslexia and how she became an internationally recognised brand name.
A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart is an author, and games editor for the Guardian in the UK, and he’s talking about his bestselling debut book.
He was inspired to write A Boy Made of Blocks by personal experience – his son is on the autism spectrum, and the book is about how Minecraft helped father and son connect.
Journey to Modern India
Vaseem Khan, was born in London, but worked in the Indian city of Mumbai as a management consultant, where he found his inspiration for a crime novel, after he saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road.
In this talk he explains his journey to India, how Mumbai became the place it now is, and his own journey from sighting the first elephant to publishing his book.
The Year of Reading Dangerously
Andy Miller is a reader, author, and editor of books, but not one of the other famous Millers.
In this talk, he takes you on a journey through the literary canon that changed his life, and the not-so-great books that didn’t, and invites you to take the Dangerous Reading Pledge.
The Orwell Lecture, A World Turned Upside Down
The Orwell Lecture is given by a highly regarded speaker as they give their views based on George Orwell’s writing under the context of today’s concerns.
This year’s lecture is delivered by the BBC’s special correspondent James Naughtie, who has covered every BBC Radio UK election results programme since 1997 and has worked on every US presidential election since 1988.
Horrid Henry Says Goodbye
The Horrid Henry series has sold more than 20 million books but it comes to a close with Horrid Henry’s Cannibal Curse.
In this session, author Francesca Simon discusses how this famous but horrid character came into existence and her tips on how to become a writer.
Author and British journalist, Bryony Gordon developed obsessive-compulsive disorder when she was 12 and has struggled with it ever since.
But after the birth of her daughter, she decided to talk publicly about her illness, and wrote the memoir Mad Girl, in hopes of convincing society to take mental health more seriously.
Can Megacities Save The World
This discussion is about the question that can cities alone challenge national governments or international corporations to change their ways?
In this session we hear from George Berbari, founder and CEO of DC PRO Engineering. His book The Energy Budget looks at whether governments are doing enough to tackle global warming. And Dr. Parag Khanna, author of Connectography and an expert on the supply chains that bind civilisations together.
The Kindness of Enemies
Sudanese-born writer Leila Aboulela talks about her new novel The Kindness of Enemies inspired by the life of Imam Shamil, who united the tribes of the Caucasus to fight against Russian Imperial expansion.
She won the first Caine Prize for African Writing. She is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories, and several radio plays.