Authors: Ashley Green, Bashayer Arif, Shan Romeo Chauhan, Priyanka Pradhan
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It has been a tough year for book launches, and the LitFest Launchpad is our attempt to fix that and give UAE-based authors a chance to introduce their latest works to audiences. These four authors have written entertaining children’s books that also address important issues of wellbeing, mental health and community.
Each speaker in today’s event will answer questions about their own book before introducing the next author. The perfect way to discover and support the UAE’s fantastic writing community!
Ashley Green, originally from Scotland, now lives in Dubai and works as a primary teacher. Her book The Emobeans and the Feelings applies her knowledge of positive psychology and coaching to help children and those who read with them talk about their feelings honestly and productively.
Bashayer Arif is an Emirati writer, and her funny and touching debut novel The Secret Life of Dubai’s Street Cats finally gives our beloved Arabian Maus the starring role they deserve! She believes in the profound power of storytelling and credits her passion for books for shaping who she is today.
Priyanka Pradhan is a Dubai-based journalist with experience of thirteen years in television, print and electronic media. Her first book, Tales from the Himalayas, retells her grandmother’s stories from Uttarakhand, introducing children to the culture and environment of this Himalayan state.
Shan Romeo Chauhan was born in the UK and has lived in Dubai since the age of one. In 2020 he published his first book, Strength Within, with some of the proceeds supporting education for two boys in Malawi, Africa. He runs the YouTube channel Shan Attax and is working on his second book.
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