Meet the 2017 Authors Maitha Al Khayat



Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the 2017 Festival?

Sarah McIntyre!  She’s one of the best children’s illustrators I’ve ever met and she is fabulous madhatter!  Keep a close eye on her sessions.  Both of us might be up to something bonkers together

Which book has inspired you the most?

I know this might sound cliche but seriously it’s the Harry Potter series.  The one that really hit the mark was the Prisoner of Azkaban.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? 

Thanks to ELF, for inviting Joe Wicks to participate last year.  Now, the first thing I do is do a HIIT workout by the BODYCOACH.

What is your life’s motto?

You Can Do Better

Our theme for the 2017 Festival is Journeys. Can you tell us which journeys in your life have been most memorable? 

The time I fell in love with books for the first time.  When I was an 8 year old child I was studying in the UK and attended Heavitree Middle School in Exeter.  The school library was the door to many journeys beyond.