What is lost or gained when a book is adapted to film? How involved are the authors of books in the filming process? Find out all this and more with top authors at the seventh Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, to be held from March 3-7, 2015.
The Festival welcomes a host of authors whose works have been adapted to film, television and stage plays, including “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” author Alexander McCall Smith, David Mitchell, author of “Cloud Atlas” and “One Day” writer David Nicholls.
Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” was adapted for television bringing to life the much-loved Mma Ramotswe and her crew. He will discuss the page-to-screen process as well as his other popular book series, including “The Sunday Philosophy Club” and “44 Scotland Street”. Best-selling author Joanna Trollope, whose novel “The Choir” was also adapted as a television mini-series. She will be talking about her latest novel, “Balancing Act”, a contemporary novel about women as breadwinners.
David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” was adapted to film by the Wachowski siblings in 2012 and starred some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Academy Award-winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Mitchell will be speaking about his latest novel, “The Bone Clocks”, which has been hailed by critics for its dynamic story-telling.
David Nicholls is the author of the international bestseller “One Day” and the Booker-longlisted “Us”. Nicholls also wrote the screenplay for “One Day”, which starred Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The Telegraph praised Nicholls’ “Us” for its ‘clarity and merciless humour’ as well as the ‘emotional punch it finally delivered’. Nicholls was named UK author of the year in the 2014 National Book Awards.
International best-selling author Markus Zusak’s 2005 novel, “The Book Thief”, is one of the rare books to have been a best-seller on every continent. Zusak will be speaking about the successful adaptation of “The Book Thief” by “Downtown Abbey” director Brian Percival which starred Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush.
“We have an amazing line-up of authors who have seen their words adapted to the screen,” said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. “It is going to be fascinating listening to what they have to say about their experiences and how they felt when their vision was realized on screen! Having David Walliams with us is an added bonus, as he has been on the other side, actor-turned-writer.”
They will be joined by crime writer Sophie Hannah, recently commissioned to pen the new Hercule Poirot novel, “The Monogram Murders”.
Lauren Oliver is the author of young adult hits “Panic”, “Liesl and Po” and “Delirium”, which is soon to be adapted for television by Fox and set to star “American Horror Story” actor Emma Roberts.
Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo saw his “War Horse” adapted to a critically-acclaimed stage play and later a film by Steven Spielberg. Morpurgo will be presenting readings from “War Horse” at a special evening event to be held for the first time at the Festival. The readings will be accompanied by first-ever appearance in the UAE of the life-size horse puppets, Joey and Topthorn.
Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project” was an international best-seller. The novel was recently optioned by Sony Pictures and is now in development. With an equally successful sequel, “The Rosie Effect”, out this year, Simsion will be speaking about his books’ runaway success, which actors he would like to play his beloved characters and his future plans for Don Tillman and Rosie.
Adding more glamour to the proceedings will be David Walliams, television comedian, best known for “Little Britain”, who became an international best-selling children’s author with his “Gangsta Grannies”, “Ratburger” and “Awful Aunties”. Join Walliams on February 28to learn about his life and career and what makes his delightfully funny books so engaging.
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