THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2016 – 5.30pm: “Carving a Career in Writing”

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

What does it mean to “be a writer”? In this workshop, I’ll walk you through the different skills required to be a novelist, journalist, blogger and editor, drawing on my experience wearing all those hats. If you want to work with words but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you!

Tickets AED 200. Available here.


THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2016 – 10am: “Writing Women”  (panel discussion)

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

Come and join authors Ann Cleeves, Gill Hornby, Freya North and myself as we discuss the common thread in our books – authentic female protagonists, backed up by equally richly drawn supporting casts. In a literary world that does not always respect women’s experiences or achievements, find out how today’s panellists find success through writing women.

Ann Cleeves is the author of the Vera Stanhope series, most recently The Moth Catcher, featuring the troubled DCI played on screen by Brenda Blethyn.

Gill Hornby’s first novel, The Hive, examined the social power dynamics among mothers of schoolchildren. All Together Now visits another small female-led community, a village choir.

Freya North’s novels, most recently The Turning Point, have been praised for their emotional honesty and strong female leads.

Annabel Kantaria won the first Montegrappa Prize for Coming Home, about a woman confronting her family’s past. Her second novel, The Disappearance, will be released during the Festival.

Tickets AED 70. Available here.


FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016 – 11.30am: Eye on Dubai: Fact and Fantasy  

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

“I want Dubai to be a place where everybody from all over the world meets each other.” – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Dubai is a city that is much talked-about but often poorly understood – a city that over the last few decades has become a centre of trade and tourism. Our panel of Dubai experts – Emirati, expatriate and observer – talks about the ever-growing mythology of the city and seeks to separate fact from fantasy.

Dr Jasim Al Ali is Deputy CEO of Shared services at Dubai Media Incorporated, the author of Influential Leaders in Arab Organisations, and an expert on Emiratisation.

Annabel Kantaria is a longtime resident of Dubai, the author of the Telegraph’s Expat blog and frequent commentator on life in Dubai.

Afshin Molavi is a global geo-political and geo-economic analyst, the author of the National Geographic cover story Sudden City and an expert on the risks and opportunities Dubai faces.

Tickets AED 70. Available here.


FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016 – 7-10pm: Time Travel Dinner

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories… and those that carry us forward, are dreams.” – H. G. Wells

I’ll be hosting a table at this unique three-course dinner event. In between courses, each table will be given an exciting activity to complete together and be entertained with a few words from authors Anthony Horowitz, Michael Dobbs and Suhel Seth.

Anthony Horowitz is best-known for the Alex Rider series and Foyle’s War. He has written two new Sherlock Holmes novels and his latest book is a new James Bond,Trigger Mortis.

Michael Dobbs is a British politician and author of a number of political novels including House of Cards, which has spawned two television series, in the UK and most recently, in the US.

Suhel Seth is an outspoken author, actor and businessman known for his wide-ranging knowledge and sharp wit.

Musical entertainment will come in the form of award-winning acapella group The Notables.

Tickets AED 475. Available here.


WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016 – 4pm: “Tea and Tales”

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

Have you ever wanted simply to have a chat with an author over a cup of tea?

Come along to this intimate session to share a scrumptious afternoon tea and chat with myself and a range of best-selling authors as we talk candidly about the highs and lows of our writing careers. A relaxed, informal event and a chance to get to know master storytellers.

Featuring Rachel Billington, Liz Fenwick, Annabel Karmel, Jenny Colgan, Helen Dunmore, Gill Hornby, Freya North and myself.

Tickets AED 220. Available here.

WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY 2016: Ladies Lunch at World Trade Club 

Join the Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (EAFOL), Isobel Abulhoul,  Assistant Director, Yvette Judge, author Rachel Hamilton and myself for a delightful lunch as we peruse the offerings of the EAFOL 2016 and give you the low-down on the exciting authors you might want to see!

AED 150 per person incl. welcome drinks, a three-course lunch and some rather wonderful book talk. Tel: (04) 3097979 or Email


SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2015: Literary Lunch at World Trade Club Literary Lunch

I’ll be talking all things books, writing and publishing along with children’s author Rachel Hamilton over a three-course lunch. Did you know that Rachel and I both secured our publishing deals after winning prizes in the Montegrappa First Fiction competition at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2013? 





SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2015: The ExpatWoman Festive Family Fair ExpatWoman Festive Fair

Books make excellent Christmas gifts! I’ll be chatting books and signing copies of Coming Home at this popular festive fair.
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club – 10.30am to 4,30pm. All details on the link. See you there!





SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015: Book-signing in Abu Dhabi

I’ll be signing copies of Coming Home at Magrudy’s in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wahda Mall on Saturday 2 May at 3pm. Come and say hello! 


SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015 – 3pm: Book-signing at Magrudy’s Jumeirah

For those who missed me at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Coming Home is currently available in Magrudy’s and I’ll be there doing a talk and book-signing on Saturday 21 March at 3pm. Come and say hello!

FRIDAY 6 MARCH 2015 – 9.30am: “Into Print and Coming Home”

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

My debut novel, Coming Home, will be available for the first time ever at the 2015 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Come and hear me speak about the novel and my journey to publication.

Tickets AED 70. Available here

FRIDAY 6 MARCH 2015 – 3pm: “Montegrappa First Fiction Prize – Getting Published!”

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City

I was lucky enough to win the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction in 2013. Join this session to hear top UK literary agent Luigi Bonomi’s tips on getting published as well as find out a little about what winning the competition has meant to me.

Presenting this year’s prizes will be Charles Nahhas, Managing Director, Montegrappa Middle East.

Tickets AED 70. Available here