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Authors

Stay tuned for our announcement of our 2019 authors! Here's a look at our authors from 2018.

Abdulaziz AlMusallam

Abdulaziz AlMusallam

Writer, author and poet synonymous with UAE heritage; best known for rewriting hundreds of Read More

Aditi Belame Kumar

Aditi Belame Kumar

Aditi Belame Kumar is the author of Humr An-Na'am, Treasure of the DesertRead More

Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes

Record-breaking British adventurer, author, speaker, business coach, documentary presenter and Read More

Afra Atiq

Afra Atiq

First female Emirati spoken word artist and slam poet.Read More

Ahmed Al Shoaibi

Dr. Ahmed Al Shoaibi

Dr Ahmed Al Shoaibi is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Interim Read More

Ahmed Saadawi

Ahmed Saadawi

Novelist, poet, screenwriter and author of the 2014 IPAF-winning 'Frankenstein in Baghdad', Read More

Ala’ Alsallal

Ala’ Alsallal

Founder of Jamalon.com, an Amman-based online book retailer, delivers over 10 million Arabic Read More

Alex Brychta

Alex Brychta

Celebrated illustrator best known for his work on the Oxford Reading Tree series, Read with Read More

Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle

Award-winning author of several hard-hitting books on race in Britain; known as the Bard of BrixtonRead More

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

One of the world's most prolific and popular authors; creator of 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Read More

Alexandra Maia

Alexandra Maia

Social Media Consultant who works with companies in London, Dubai, & Singapore to help brands & Read More

Ali F Mostafa

Ali F Mostafa

British-Emirati filmmaker, director and producer who is credited as the director of the first Read More

Ali Sparkes

Ali Sparkes

Ali Sparkes began her writing career as a journalist before moving onto writing and performing Read More

Andrew Morton

Andrew Morton

World-renowned biographer whose subjects have included Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Princess Read More

Andrey Kurkov

Andrey Kurkov

Critically-acclaimed Ukrainian author of 'Death and the Penguin', 'The Milkman in the Night' Read More

Andy Riley

Andy Riley

Much-loved writer-cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter best known for writing HBO's 'Veep' and Read More

Andy Weir

Andy Weir

American science fiction writer and author of The Martian which was turned into a major motion Read More

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Best-known for the Alex Rider young adult series, 'Foyle's War', two Sherlock Holmes novels and Read More

Arun Gandhi

Arun Gandhi

Born in 1934 in South Africa, Arun Gandhi is the grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas Read More

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

One of Britain's most admired poets and current UK Poet Laureate, best known for the Read More

Chaker Khazaal

Chaker Khazaal

A Palestinian-Canadian reporter, speaker, author of the Confessions of a War Child trilogy, and Read More

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson

Author and comedy writer, best known for the book series 'Young Bond' and 'The Enemy' and TV Read More

Charlie Scott

Charlie Scott

Books Publisher at Motivate PublishingRead More

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Author of bestsellers 'Tiny Beautiful Things', 'Brave Enough' and her memoir 'Wild', which was Read More

Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat

Bestselling Indian author of 'Five Point Someone', '2 States', and most recently, 'One Indian Read More

Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden is a food writer. She writes about the foods of the Middle East, North Africa and Read More

Craig Glenday

Craig Glenday

Craig Glenday is the Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records (GWR) and has published 13 books Read More

David Walliams

David Walliams

Comedian, actor and author of internationally bestselling children's books including 'The Read More

Dima Wannous

Dima Wannous

Writer, translator and broadcaster; her novels include 'The Chair' and 'The Frightened'Read More

Dubai Abulhoul

Dubai Abulhoul

Rhodes Scholar and 20 year old author of Galagolia, the first Emirati fantasy novel in English.Read More

Eiman Al Zaabi

Eiman Al Zaabi

A Muslim spiritual teacher, facilitator and transformational coach, who authored, The Art of Read More

Elissa Elwick

Elissa Elwick

Children's book illustrator and author; one half of the book collaborating duo Ardagh and ElwickRead More

Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud

Emtithal ‘Emi’ Mahmoud

Sundanese-American Poet and activist who won the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam championship.Read More

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer

Irish author of children's books, and former primary school teacher, best known for being the Read More

Eric Broug

Eric Broug

Artist specialising in Islamic art, author of 'Islamic Geometric Design', which was hailed as Read More

Eugene Rogan

Eugene Rogan

Respected historian and author of the highly regarded 'The Arabs: A History' and 'The Fall of Read More

Fahad Al Mamari

Fahad Al Mamari

Emirati scholar and writer specializing in Arabic Literature and Heritage who has published Read More

Fiona Mozley

Fiona Mozley

Hailing from York, Fiona Mozley is best known for her novel Elmet which has been shortlisted Read More

Floella Benjamin, OBE

Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE

Actor, TV broadcaster and producer and author of over 20 books for children, including the Read More

Francis Kong

Francis Kong

Respected and award-winning business speaker, columnist and author of nearly 20 bestsellersRead More

Frédéric Kanouté

Frédéric Kanouté

Retired professional footballer and humanitarian who takes part in a number of philanthropic causesRead More

Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez

Co-creator of the award-winning 'Locke & Key' series; has also illustrated the 'Adventures of Read More

Gamze Hakli Geray

Gamze Hakli Geray

A Psychotherapist and Counsellor with nearly 24 years of business, management and consultancy Read More

Gary Northfield

Gary Northfield

Cartoonist and children's author best known for his 'Julius Zebra' books and his comics 'Gary's Read More

Gennaro Pellicia

Gennaro Pellicia

Taste-tester for Costa Coffee whose tongue has been insured for £10 millionRead More

Ghaya Khalfan Al Dhahiri

Ghaya Khalfan Al Dhahiri

Researcher and Historian, for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and author of Voice of Read More

Gillian Redfearn

Gillian Redfearn

Publishing Director of Gollancz, Orion Books' science-fiction, fantasy and horror armRead More

Grace Nichols

Grace Nichols

Award-winning poet of several collections including 'I is a Long-Memoried Woman' and 'Picasso, Read More

Greg Mosse

Greg Mosse

Writer, translator and teacher; co-director of the Chichester writing festivalRead More

Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees

Award-winning illustrator best -known for 'Giraffes Can't Dance', the Tom and Millie series and Read More

Harry Baker

Harry Baker

Author of 'The Sunshine Kid', UK Poetry Slam Champion, known for his wordplay and rhymesRead More

Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi

Dr. Hatoon Ajwad Al Fassi

Hatoon al-Fassi is a Saudi historian specialising in women’s history. She is a professor at Read More

Hawaa Mohamed Ahli

Hawaa Mohamed Ahli

Hawaa Mohamed Ahli is a wife, a mother and a model employee of the Dubai General Directorate of Read More

Hind Shoufani

Hind Shoufani

Hind Shoufani is a Palestinian filmmaker and writer, currently based between Beirut, Dubai and Read More

Holly Webb

Holly Webb

Author of over 100 books for children between the ages of 5 and 9; author of the sequel to Read More

Hussain Lootah

Hussain Lootah

Lawyer, poet, and writer, best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, Between Two Wives.Read More

Ibrahim Khadim

Ibrahim Khadim

Emirati author of 'The Teaching of Love'; Content Media Director at the National Media CouncilRead More

Ibrahim Nasrallah

Ibrahim Nasrallah

Much-awarded novelist and poet, whose works include the IPAF-shortlisted 'Time of White Horses' Read More

Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker

Poet, artist and documentary film-maker awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; her Read More

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

Creator of unforgettable characters from Tracy Beaker to Opal Plumstead; the UK's most prolific Read More

Jamal Al Shehhi

Jamal Al Shehhi

Emirati writer and publisher; founder of Kuttab publishing and the host of the TV show Halaqat Read More

Jenni Murray

Jenni Murray

Respected broadcaster best known for her 40 years of work for BBC TV and Radio, including Read More

Jessica Jarlvi

Jessica Jarlvi

Runner-up at the 2016 Montegrappa Writing Prize; her first book is 'When I Wake Up'Read More

Joe Hill

Joe Hill

Bestselling horror writer, best known for his novel 'Heart-Shaped Box' and the comic series Read More

John Agard

John Agard

Award-winning playwright, poet, short-story and children's writer best known for his poem, Read More

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen

Award-winning canadian animator, writer and illustrator of children's books, including the Hat Read More

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr

British writer and illustrator who has created enduring picture books such as The Tiger Who Read More

Judy Finnigan

Judy Finnigan

One half of Richard & Judy, and co-founder of Richard & Judy's Book Club; author of ‘Eloise’ Read More

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson

Author of more than a dozen children's books, including the acclaimed 'The Leopard Boy' and Read More

Julie Tottman

Julie Tottman

Film animal trainer, best known for her work on 'The Dark Knight' and the first two Harry Read More

Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 for 'Home Fire'; her acclaimed novels include 'Burnt Read More

Karen Henson Jones

Karen Henson Jones

Pilipino-American author of Heart of Miracles, which documents Jone’s journey around the world Read More

Karen Osman

Karen Osman

Winner of the 2016 Montegrappa Writing Prize; her debut novel, 'The Good Mother', was published Read More

Kate Adie

Kate Adie

Renowned British reporter and author of non-fiction including 'The Kindness of Strangers', Read More

Kate Mosse

Kate Mosse

Author, broadcaster and playwright; best known for her Languedoc Trilogy including 'Labyrinth', Read More

Katy Hudson

Katy Hudson

Writer-illustrator of 'Bear and Duck' and 'Too Many Carrots', and most recently, 'The Runaway Egg'Read More

Ken Hom

Ken Hom

Celebrity chef and author of nearly 40 coobooks who popularised Chinese cooking around the worldRead More

Khaled Al Mwayhan

Khaled Al Mwayhan

Kuwaiti poet and organiser of several poetry festival in Kuwait and the greater Gulf regionRead More

Khaled Khalifa

Khaled Khalifa

Khaled Khalifa is an award-winning Syrian novelist, screenwriter and poet. His books include In Read More

Khalid Albudoor

Khalid Albudoor

Emirati modernist poet, film producer and co-founder of the Emirati Writers' UnionRead More

Khamis Matar Alketbi

Khamis Matar Alketbi

Khamis Matar Alketbi is an Emirati poet. He is a member of the Poetry Media Center and in 2017 Read More

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

26-year-old poet, painter and author of bestselling children's book 'The Girl of Ink & Stars'Read More

Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur

Poetry Editor for the Drum Literary Magazine and award-winning poet of 'Visiting Indira Read More

Korky Paul

Korky Paul

Award-winning children's illustrator most famous for 'Winnie the Witch' and 'The Sir Scallywag Read More

Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay MBE

Explosive performance poet and current chancellor of Manchester University; was the official Read More

Levison Wood

Levison Wood

Photographer, adventurer and author of award-winning books about his experience walking the Read More

Linda Davies

Linda Davies

Author of financial thrillers for adults, most recently 'Ark Storm'; also writes books for Read More

LiTTLe MACHiNe

LiTTLe MACHiNe

Band that gives classic and obscure poems new voice by putting them to musicRead More

Luigi Bonomi

Luigi Bonomi

Top literary agent who has launched the careers of many bestselling authors, including Festival Read More

M G Leonard

M G Leonard

Author, poet, screenplay writer; her Beetle series of books for children have been critically Read More

Maán Jalal

Maán Jalal

Youtuber, writer and journalist covering arts, culture and entertainment for publications Read More

Madhur Jaffrey

Madhur Jaffrey

Curry queen, recognised as the foremost authority on Indian food; authored several bestselling Read More

Maha Hassan

Maha Hassan

Novelist and short-story writer; her novel 'Umbilical Cord' was shortlisted for the Read More

Maitha Al Khayat

Maitha Al Khayat

Emirati author and illustrator of several children's picture books in Arabic including the Read More

Mariela Shaker

Mariela Shaker

An accomplished Syrian violinist and active supporter of the UNHCR who has dedicated herself to Read More

Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham

Crime writer best known for his detective Tom Thorne series; has also written children's Read More

Mark Kurlansky 

Mark Kurlansky 

Award-winning author of over 30 bestselling fiction, nonfiction and children's books including Read More

Mark Vanhoenacker

Mark Vanhoenacker

Commercial pilot and award-winning author of 'Skyfaring', where he shares his irrepressible Read More

Marwa Al Aqroubi

Marwa Al Aqroubi

Marwa Obaid Rashid Al Aqroubi is president of the UAEBBY Executive Board, which fosters a Read More

Maryam Mahyoh

Maryam Mahyoh

Accomplished poet and first place winner of the Poetry Competition held by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Read More

Meik Wiking

Meik Wiking

CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and one of the leading experts in global Read More

Melissa Hemsley

Melissa Hemsley

Melissa Hemsley is one half of the Hemsleys, the culinary sisters whose food business, Hemsley Read More

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis is the found and CEO of When to Jump, a community featuring the ideas, stories, and Read More

Mira Manek

Mira Manek

British-Indian cookbook writer who innovates classic Indian recipes to create lighter, Read More

Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat

Chief Business Officer for Google , entrepreneur and author of 'Solve for Happy', an algorithm Read More

Mohammad Rabie

Mohammad Rabie

Mohammad Rabie is an editor at Al-Karma Publishers and an award-winning Egyptian writer.Read More

Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri

Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai.Read More

Mohammed Al Hebsi

Mohammed Al Hebsi

Mohammed Ahmed Al Hebsi is an Emirati poet, novelist and historical researcherRead More

Mohammed Al Mubarak

Mohammed Al Mubarak

Mohammed Al Mubarak is a Bahraini poet and journalist. He represented Bahrain in the third Read More

Mohammed Hasan Alwan

Mohammed Hasan Alwan

2017 IPAF-winning author of 'A Small Death'; writer of a comprehensive study on the motives Read More

Mouhannad Alakous

Mouhannad Alakous

Award-winning author of children's and young adult books with a strong focus on children with Read More

Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus

Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker, economist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Read More

Muhsin Al-Ramli

Muhsin Al-Ramli

Acclaimed Iraqi author whose novels 'Dates on my Fingers', and 'The President's Gardens' were Read More

Muna Al Gurg

Muna Al Gurg

Businesswoman, philanthropist, and columnist who serves as Chair and member of numerous Read More

Muzna Al Musafer

Muzna Al Musafer

Omani screenwriter and director of award-winning short films 'Niqab' and 'Cholo'Read More

Nadia Al Najjar

Nadia Al Najjar

Nadia Al Najjar is an Emirati author who has written two novels, Manfa Al-Thakira, and Mada’en Read More

Nadia Hashimi

Nadia Hashimi

Internationally bestselling author of books based in her homeland of Afghanistan and feature Read More

Neel Kumar

Neel Kumar

Neel Kumar is founder of Dubai based film production company, Akela, and is currently working Read More

Nidhal Guessoum

Nidhal Guessoum

Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the American University of Sharjah, author of more than Read More

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor

Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of science-fiction and fantasy, including the Binti Read More

Noor Abdelmajeed

Noor Abdelmajeed

Novelist, journalist and poet whose books centre on Arabian women; her novels 'Despite Read More

Noura Al Khoori

Noura Al Khoori

Children's author of 'Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo' and ‘The Tender Hands’Read More

Noura Al Noman

Noura Al Noman

Author of the Ajwan Trilogy and founder of Makhtoota 5229, the first Emirati publishing house Read More

Nujoom Nasser Alghanem

Nujoom Nasser Alghanem

Award-winning Emirati filmmaker of 'Rain, Sky and Dust', 'Nearby Sky' and writer of 'Angels of Read More

Omar Saif Ghobash

HE Omar Saif Ghobash

UAE Ambassador to Russia; initiated project to include more Arabic fiction in school curricula; Read More

Paulo Lemos Horta

Paulo Lemos Horta

Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi with an interest in literature that impacts cultures Read More

Peter Dale

Peter Dale

Peter Dale spent 25 years teaching Mathematics in Dubai College until his retirement in 2013. Read More

Peter James

Peter James

Internationally bestselling crime writer best known for his Roy Grace detective seriesRead More

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author of over 100 books for children, including 'The Grunts'Read More

Rachel Hamilton

Rachel Hamilton

Dubai-based author of the award-winning children's books 'The Case of the Exploding Loo', 'The Read More

Rafia Ghubash

Dr. Rafia Ghubash

Dr. Rafia Ghubash is the first qualified psychiatrist in the UAE. She conducted pioneering Read More

Rakesh Wahi

Rakesh Wahi

Author and founding partner of Capital Management Advisors and has since its inception in 2002, Read More

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett

Award-winning game scriptwriter and narrative designer, best known for the immensely popular Read More

Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley

One half of Richard & Judy, and co-founder of Richard & Judy's Book Club; authored three novels Read More

Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin

Novelist, historian, Arabist; author of 'The Arabian Nights: A Companion' and, more recently, Read More

Robert McCrum

Robert McCrum

Associate editor of the Observer; author of six novels and 'My Year Off', which recounts his Read More

Roderick Hunt

Roderick Hunt

Award-winning author and creator of best-loved UK characters Biff, Chip, Kipper, Floppy, among Read More

Roger McGough

Roger McGough

One of Britain’s most prolific and best-loved poets for both adults and children; he has been Read More

Rym Tina Ghazal

Rym Tina Ghazal

Peace ambassador, and children and young reader's authorRead More

Safia Alshehi

Safia Alshehi

Safia Al Shehi is a TV presenter, program presenter, author, voice over artist, and MC.Read More

Sahar Naja Mahfouz

Sahar Naja Mahfouz

Children's author and founding member of HUNNA writers' group. Her latest books are 'Sun Read More

Salha Obaid

Salha Obaid

Salha Obaid is an Emirati author of several books including The Postman of Happiness and The Read More

Samar Mahfouz Barraj

Samar Mahfouz Barraj

Author of over 60 books, many of which have been shortlisted for awards around the Middle EastRead More

Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley

Author of 'A Long Way Home' about tracking his long-lost family in India using Google Earth; Read More

SF Said

SF Said

Award-winning author of 'Varjak Paw', its sequel 'The Outlaw Varjak Paw' and the space Read More

Shahd Al Shammari

Shahd Al Shammari

Shahd Al Shammari is a Kuwaiti professor and author of the critically acclaimed Notes on the Flesh.Read More

Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena

Former lawyer and teacher turned fiction author; her bestselling suspense thrillers include 'A Read More

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Former Under-Secretary General at the UN and current Member of Parliament in India; author of Read More

Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi

Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi

Architect, entrepreneur, editor, designer, artist, writer and philanthropist.Read More

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Author of numerous poetry collections and novels, including 'Seeing Stars' and 'Walking Away'; Read More

Siobhan Fallon

Siobhan Fallon

Award winning American author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, and the Confusion of Languages.Read More

Sjón

Sjón

Acclaimed Icelandic novelist, poet and playwright; his novel 'The Blue Fox' won the Nordic Read More

Souad Mekhennet

Souad Mekhennet

Correspondent at Washington Post and author of the bestselling memoir, 'I Was Told to Come Alone'Read More

Stephen Ritz

Stephen Ritz

Educator instrumental in rebuilding the South Bronx through sustainable gardening and plantsRead More

Susan Mears

Susan Mears

Founder of SUSAN MEARS LITERARY AGENCYRead More

Taghreed Aref Najjar

Taghreed Aref Najjar

Award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults whose books are read in Read More

Thomas Fletcher

Thomas Fletcher

British diplomat based in the UAE; his bestselling book 'Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft Read More

Tom Moorhouse

Tom Moorhouse

Ecologist and author of books for children including 'The River Singers' and The New Adventures Read More

Tommy Weir

Dr. Tommy Weir

CEO coach, speaker, advisor and author of 'Leadership Dubai Style' and' 10 tips for Leading in Read More

Tony Hawks

Tony Hawks

Radio and television comedian; author of numerous books including 'Round Ireland with a Read More

Tony Ross

Tony Ross

Award-winning illustrator of over 800 books including the immensely successful 'Horrid Henry' Read More

Wafa’ Tarnowska

Wafa’ Tarnowska

Journalist and author of children’s books including the award winning Arabian Nights, The Seven Read More

Walid Taher

Walid Taher

Illustrator, cartoonist and author of over 30 children's books; won the Etisalat Prize for Read More

Wendy Yorke

Wendy Yorke

Literary Agent, Editor, Author and International Speaker who founded WRITE | EDIT | PUBLISH.Read More

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

Historian and travel writer, best known for his critically acclaimed 'White Mughals' and Read More

Yara Bamieh

Yara Bamieh

Writer-illustrator whose works include 'A Little Secret', 'Dreams of a Thin Boy' and 'Bolqosh', Read More

Yasser Alireza

Yasser Alireza

Actor, director, author, illustrator and comic book artist; his award-winning comic strip Read More

Youssef Rakha

Youssef Rakha

Photographer, poet and author of award-winning contemporary Arabic novels 'The Book of the Read More

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Award-winning author known as the queen of Icelandic crime fiction; author of the Thóra Read More

Zaid Adham

Zaid Adham

Producer, director and comic book writer; his 'Wayl' won Best Original Artwork at the inaugural Read More

Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh

HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh

Journalist, broadcaster, interpreter of the President of the UAE since 1968, Vice Chairman of Read More

Zeina Hashem Beck

Zeina Hashem Beck

Lebanese performance poet whose first collection, 'To Live in Autumn', won the Backwaters Read More

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