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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

No need to wait until March for your LitFest fix! We have teamed up with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to bring you some of their biggest names via a livelink to the Novo Cinema, Dubai Festival City on 6 October from 3:30pm. Attendees will also have opportunity to send questions in advance to be answered during the session!

David Attenborough’s recent BBCTV Blue Planet 2 series sparked an outcry around the world about plastic pollution in the oceans, leading to a greater awareness of the damage that is being inflicted. He will be discussing his completely new edition of the ground-breaking Life on Earth, and assessing how the world has changed since its original publication 40 years ago.

Kate Atkinson, the acclaimed novelist will be discussing her new novel, Transcription. The winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate has written ten books since, including four in the Jackson Brodie crime series.

Renowned classicist Mary Beard will be dissecting the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, from Medusa and Athena to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton  and discussing how we can change the narrative around women and power.


Visiting London this autumn? Join us for an evening of Emirati poetry at the London Literature Festival at the National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre on Wednesday 24 October at 8pm. This is the first time that Emirati poetry has featured in this prestigious event.

Three of the country’s leading poets will take to the stage:

Nujoom Alghanem
Nujoom is an Emirati writer and one of the most recognized female poets in the Arab world. She has published eight collections including ‘I Fall into Myself’. 

Ali AlShaali
Ali has been reciting his poetry in the United Arab Emirate and Gulf Countries for the last 20 years. He is currently working on a novel and his fourth poetry anthology.

Maryam Mahyoh 
Maryam has won a number of awards and competitions for her poetry and represented her country at events such as the National Day Celebrations in 2015.

The event is free but ticketed.

Performances will be in Arabic and English, with translation.


There are only a few more days until the What’s On Award 2018 voting closes! You can still vote for us as your favourite festival by clicking below. Thank you for all the support!


Have you entered our student competitions yet? Or encouraged a young writer to submit their prose or poetry? Get a chance to see your writing in print with the Taaleem Award for Poetry and the Oxford University Press Competition! There’s still time to enter or you can read more about it by clicking below.

Annual reading race, the Readers’ Cup, and poetry performance competition Emirates NBD Poetry for All have officially opened so you can now enter! Click here for more information…