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Festival Reading Group

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Group details and registration

The group meets from 7:30-9:00pm at the Dubai International Writers’ Centre; meetings generally fall on a Wednesday. Note that this group is exclusively for adults (18+); for the Children’s Reading Group, click here. If you are not already a member of the FRG, please register by sending an email to annabelle.corton@emirateslitfest.com. If you are an FRG member and wish to attend, please RSVP to this same email address.


There will be no formal meetings during these months, but members are encouraged to post their reading recommendations on the Facebook page as a way of keeping in touch. This is also the time to buy your September and/or October books, especially if you are travelling overseas.

Buying FRG Books
Books for the FRG season will be available from WHSmith (Dubai Mall lower ground floor) and a supply of the monthly selection will be reserved for our members behind the inquiries counter.

Many FRG members now use e-readers and some of the titles will be available in this format.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email: annabelle.corton@emirateslitfest.com
Happy Reading and we look forward to discussing books with you all very soon!

Dates and titles for 2015-16

All sessions are on Wednesdays, 19:30-21:00. Books will be available at WHSmith, Dubai Mall (Lower Ground Floor).

  • May – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • June – Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
  • July August – BREAK
  • September – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • October – The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop
  • November 16, 2015 – The Cooked Seed by Anchee Min
  • December 9, 2015 – Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • January 13, 2016 – The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi
  • February 10, 2016 – The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa

We plan to cover a range of genres and to read at least one book in translation.

The Festival Reading Group session at the 2016 Festival

This is our annual opportunity to meet some of the writers whose work we have enjoyed, debated and exchanged views on over the year. 2016′s panel, Victoria Hislop, Anchee Min and Helen Macdonald, shared the inspiration behind their books, the challenges they have faced on their paths to becoming writers and what we can expect from them in the future. We’re already planning for 2017, so watch this space!


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