The exciting line-up included author of the Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner, whose real-life rags to riches story was portrayed by Will Smith in the hit film; world-renowned ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell; Jane Hawking, whose best-selling memoir of her marriage with genius Stephen Hawking was turned into the film, Travelling to Infinity; IPAF winner Saud Alsanousi; novelist and artist Douglas Coupland, who defined Generation X; master of crime fiction Ian Rankin, and many more.
More than 1,700 children were entertained by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney in his hilarious fast-paced show and crowds of YA fans came to see their heroes Cassandra Clare, Holly Black and Victoria Aveyard. The children’s programme included favourite characters such as the Demon Headmaster, Isadora Moon and Bee Boy with lots of free family fun events and the Festival Fringe showcasing drama and music from schools and community groups around the region.
Special Events included a dedicated Youth Day which attracted more than 1,200 young people to the dynamic sessions designed to engage, inform and inspire the up and coming generation of the UAE; a ‘United by Food’ dinner celebrating the ways we are all connected by words and food; the return of the Festival’s atmospheric landmark event Desert Stanzas; and The Murder Mystery Dinner featuring legendary DJ Tony Blackburn.
Arabian Business' Editorial Director Shane McGinley and Video Reporter Shruthi Nair discuss all about the future of books, evolution of authors and struggles of today's novelists on this edition of Inside AB.
(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)