Emirates Airline Festival of Literature - IWD #BeBoldForChange panel

When: March 11 2017

Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Join this fabulous International Women's Day panel discussing the #BeBoldForChange IWD theme in light of personal and professional stories.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have brought together a diverse panel of authors to discuss the theme ‘Be Bold For Change.’ Three inspiring women who have made changes in their countries, and an equally inspiring man who has stood up for equality time and again, speak about their own experiences and about what can be done to empower women, achieve gender equality, and bring about positive change.

Candy Gourlay started changing the world at a young age when she wrote for the political magazine Mr&Ms Special Edition; she continues making a difference as an author of award-winning children’s books. She is a Filipino author based in London. She cut her teeth as a writer working for the opposition press during the Marcos dictatorship in Philippines in the 1980s. She moved to London in 1989, where she began to write for children. Her debut novel Tall Story won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and the National Book Award in the Philippines. Tall Story was also selected as one of the 50 best books celebrating cultural diversity in the United Kingdom. Her second book Shine was listed for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. A picture book is due to be published in 2018.

Jo Malone is an entrepreneur who has overcome adversity to found one of the best-known perfume brands on the planet – and then created a new brand from scratch - Jo Loves.

Kei Miller is the author of Augustown, a book that has been praised for its strong female characters. He joins the panel as a male ally who has spoken up repeatedly for women’s rights. 

Noura Al Noman is the author of the Ajwan trilogy, a young adult science fiction series that has broken new ground in Emirati writing; she is also the pioneering founder of the publishing house Manuscript 5229.


When: 17 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm 

Where: Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Candy Gourlay, Jo Malone, Kei Miller, Noura Al Noman

“When a woman succeeds, she reaches out to those around her and pulls them up with her. That is why if you empower a woman, you empower a whole society.” – Queen Rania of Jordan 

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation


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