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On the Radio

Talking of Books on DubaiEye 103.8FM

On Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm

Talking of Books is a weekly review show which showcases some of Dubai’s most intrepid readers. Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and Annabelle Corton are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers drawn from the UAE’s reading community. Each show features different literary anecdotes to improve your dinner party conversation, a star ‘Castaway’ guest recommending the three books they’d take to a desert island, the book-related questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to in The Big Question, not to mention in-depth reviews of books that haven’t even hit the shelves yet.

Talking of Books features regular interviews with today’s greatest writers, with previous interviewees including bestselling novelists Chris Cleave, superstar children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson, Andy Stanton and David Almond, internationally-renowned philosopher AC Grayling and rugby legend Brian Moore. And if you’re lucky enough you’ll catch Literary Soundtrack at the end of the show, highlighting a song inspired by literature every single week.

Coming up on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Tune in this Saturday as we’ll be discussing Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman who presents rendition of the Norse deities and their world from their origin. Don’t go anywhere as we’ll also be having a book off on the worst parental figure in adult fiction debate. Join the conversation and text to 4001 this Saturday.

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Isobel Abulhoul

Isobel says the three hours she spends on the show each week fly by. “This is a very enjoyable hobby and not my job … the hard work is having to read the books every week and research all the material for the program.”
Isobel says she enjoys talking about books with “like-minded people” and lists author Paolo Coelho as her most challenging interview. “He is a very difficult character to pin down and it was a great challenge to get him to commit to anything beyond yes and no!”

Annabelle Corton

Annabelle Corton loves words, especially when they’re in the right order. During the week she assists in curating the programme of events for #DubaiLitFest, runs the Festival Book Club and Foundation Writing Group, and comes back for even more book chat on Saturday’s Talking of Books show.
Annabelle has been a regular guest on a variety of shows across the Dubai Eye network, discussing the written and spoken word. When she’s not behind the mic, you can find her curled up on the sofa next to her dogs Rex and Lola, reading.
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From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed.

But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.

Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.

The Ticket on DubaiEye 103.8FM

Look back on The Ticket’s Radio Book Club where Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Ahlam Bolooki, looked at reads for the train and the plane, etc as well as book news. Listen to the podcasts on the Dubai Eye website.

Ahlam Bolooki

Ahlam discovered her love for books when she was 18 years old though she grew up with her mother taking her to the Sharjah Book Fair each year and was always encouraged to read. The book that transformed Ahlam into a reader was Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera which eventually encouraged Ahlam to read non-fiction struggles of women. Later, she discovered poetry leading her to attend workshops at New York City’s Gotham Writer’s Center, where she studied poetry for several months but also experimented with memoirs, fiction, scripts, you name it! Ahlam finds it difficult to choose a favourite genre as it’s always ever changing and she’s still in the midst of discovering her literary self. She’s catching up on all the gems she missed as a child such as ‘The Little Prince’ and ‘The Giving Tree’, but has also developed a new appetite for Crime Fiction so who knows what’s next?

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The Radio Book Club with Ahlam Bolooki from the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature looks at reads for the train and the plane, etc.

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Best of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2017

Now you can listen to your favourite Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2017 sessions, only on Dubai Eye, from July 13 – September 1. Tune in every Thursday, 9pm-11pm, or every Friday, 4pm-6pm, for repeats. You can also listen to podcasts of the sessions after they’ve aired on the Dubai Eye website.

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