Once I booked my flights to London, I knew what I had to do: check if there were any shows in the city I wanted to see. While on this hunt, I thankfully remembered to check if Jay Rayner had any shows on during my trip. I got lucky, there was a ‘Ten Food Commandments’ … Continue reading Ten Food Commandments with Jay Rayner
Earlier this month, I attended the launch of Literaturhaus at Nadi, which is a literary event that will continue to be hosted at Nadi Al Quoz every Saturday until September 30. The first Saturday was helmed by Afra Atiq, an Emirati spoken word poet. She was mesmerising, to say the least. This was my first … Continue reading Literaturhaus at Nadi – an ode to literature at Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue
Running a press release which I received about an event in Dubai this coming weekend, which aims to raise awareness about special needs kids and allows them to enjoy themselves in a relaxed setting while interacting with kids who go to mainstream schools. Also, it's Karan's birthday on February 22 ... so go celebrate! 😀 … Continue reading Special needs event on Saturday, Feb 22, in Dubai!
When my friend Hannah-Farah asked if I wanted to accompany her to watch Swan Lake, performed by The Russian Moscow Ballet, I said yes. I had only seen the ballet once before, in Sheffield, but I had enjoyed it very much. So we booked tickets immediately and last night, we were off to the ballet … Continue reading Swan Lake ballet in Dubai
Note: I don't normally post press releases on my blog, but I felt this one warranted a post 🙂 There's a few activities for members of the public to get involved with, so if you're in Abu Dhabi around that time, why not? As part of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts’ international Global Month of Service, … Continue reading Autism awareness month supported by Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
(Long post ahead, but I guarantee sci-fi fans will enjoy the read) This year, I seemed to be taking all sorts of chances with the Emirates Festival of Literature...picking authors I hadn't heard of. Whatever will I do next? So why did I want to go for Alastair Reynold's session? Simply because the topic said: … Continue reading A quick lesson in science fiction by Alastair Reynolds at Emirates LitFest
I stumbled on Darren Shan quite by mistake. I was hunting around my library for books to borrow (I took home seven, yes that's right) and I saw a little card next to a row of books that read: "Emirates LitFest author". That piqued my interest along with the books in question being in the … Continue reading Writing tips & wholesome scares from Darren Shan at Emirates LitFest
An author, whom I must admit I hadn't heard of before this year's LitFest*, said something I whole-heartedly agreed with: "It’s almost blasphemous to say this in a panel of writers, but a bad adaptation is when the movie is literal." - Tom Rob Smith *I shall add, Tom Rob Smith, that I've since purchased … Continue reading Book-to-movie adaptations; what do authors think about it? An @EmiratesLitFest panel.
Ridiculously enough, I can't remember when I first saw the movie, A Walk to Remember. But I can recall how much I bawled when I saw it. And when I saw it was based on a book...well I had to read it, didn't I? I'd never heard of Nicholas Sparks before this. A Walk to … Continue reading A Day to Remember, with Nicholas Sparks
The doors shut in our face. "You can't enter right now," the waitress said. A posh voice said: "Let them in." And the gateway into the new local comedy night: One Night Standup, was opened to us. The posh voice belonged to Hisham Wyne, whose accent, most of us thought, escalated to a grand scale … Continue reading Event roundup: One Night Standup