Festival Reading Group
December Discussion: Sabriel by Garth Nix
Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands – for her father is none other than The Abhorson. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him – and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father’s title and duties – to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities – and her destiny.
Group details and registration
The group meets from 7:30-9:00pm at the Dubai International Writers’ Centre; meetings generally fall on a Wednesday. Note that this group is exclusively for adults (18+); for the Children’s Reading Group, click here. If you are not already a member of the FRG, please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an FRG member and wish to attend, please RSVP to this same email address.
There will be no formal meetings during these months, but members are encouraged to post their reading recommendations on the Facebook page as a way of keeping in touch. This is also the time to buy your September and/or October books, especially if you are travelling overseas.
Buying FRG Books
Books for the FRG season will be available from WHSmith (Dubai Mall lower ground floor) and a supply of the monthly selection will be reserved for our members behind the inquiries counter.
Many FRG members now use e-readers and some of the titles will be available in this format.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email: email@example.com
Happy Reading and we look forward to discussing books with you all very soon!
Dates and titles for 2015-16
All sessions are on Wednesdays, 19:30-21:00. Books will be available at WHSmith, Dubai Mall (Lower Ground Floor).
- May – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- June – Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
- July August – BREAK
- September – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
- October – The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop
- November 16, 2015 - The Cooked Seed by Anchee Min
- December 9, 2015 - Sabriel by Garth Nix
- January 13, 2016 - The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi
- February 10, 2016 - The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa
We plan to cover a range of genres and to read at least one book in translation.
FRG session at the Festival 2015
This is our annual opportunity to meet some of the writers whose work we have enjoyed, debated and exchanged views on over the year. 2015′s panel: Inaam Kachachi, David Mitchell and Saira Shah kept us engaged with tales of where they found the inspiration for their books, some of the challenges they face as writers and what they are working on next. We’re already planning for 2016, so watch this space!