Excitement builds for SIBF’s International Author Programme

Excitement in mounting for the Sharjah International Book Fair, which begins next week. The 30th Book Fair includes an exceptional line-up of international authors who will discuss everything from statesmanship through the ages to the nature of memory.

Wednesday 16 November

7-8pm Insights into world leaders through the ages- the human face of our international politicians.

Vayalar Ravi (tbc), George Goodwin, Andrew Rawnsley, Roland White

Chair: Sultan Souood Al Qassemi (tbc)

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8.30-9.30pm Finding the truth. How we allow our memories to play tricks – bestselling novelists debate the difference between fact, fiction and scientific truth.

Peter James, Sunetra Gupta, Ms Suaad, Mr Ahmed
Chair: Mohamed Alhosani

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Thursday 17 November

11am Various readings from stories

Sally Gardener and Taghreed Al Najjar (author and publisher AlSalwa Books)

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5 pm How to achieve success – the role self-esteem plays in business achievement, how to make the changes you need to succeed.

Robert Kelsey, Dominic Prince, Yasser Hareb
Chair: Mishaal Gergawi

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6-7pm Promoting Understanding Across Cultures – how literature plays a vital role

Xinran, Rashid (KWB), Greg Mosse and Suleiman Mleihat

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7-8pm The woman’s voice in fiction – global perspectives

Xinran, Kate Mosse, Shobhaa De, Omaima Abdullah al-Khamis (KSA), Adaf Soueif,
Chair: Mounia Bournat

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Friday 18 November

6pm Various readings from stories – Children 4

Sally Gardener and Maytha Khayat 

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6.30-7.30pm Various readings

Alex Scarrow, David Whitley and Jamal Shehhi

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7-8pm The changing facets of Arab politics, history in the making

Robert Lacey, Maha Hasan
Chair: Turki Al Dakheel

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