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The past month has flown by, leaving the 2019 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature a fond memory. An amazing time was had by all 45,000 people who engaged with the Festival, with each day packed with unique events and sessions.

None of this would have been possible without our sponsors, authors, volunteers, Foundation Friends, the LitFest team, and you, our Festival visitors. Thank you for making this Festival a huge success.

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In need of some bookish conversation ?

The Festival Book Club happens once per month, and brings together avid readers from all over Dubai.

On 1 May, we will be talking Not Bad People by Dubai Eye’s very own Brandy Scott.

A clever, compelling debut novel with a unique premise of what happens when three best friends engage in what seems to be a harmless act, but instead results in tragedy, leading the women to confront buried resentments, shattering secrets, dark lies, and the moral consequences that could alter their lives forever.

It is free to attend but you need to register so we can allocate the space.

WHEN: 1 May, 7:30pm
WHERE: Shakespeare & Co, Jumeirah Beach Road


Emirates Literature Foundation is curating the cultural and professional programme as well as special events at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, from 24-30 April at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Authors include Ben Okri, Eugene Rogan, Ali Sparkes, Saroo Brierley, Curtis Jobling, Sarah McIntyre, and Carmine Gallo, who will be speaking over the six days, along with other exciting writers and publishers.

The event is free and there is a shuttle bus from Dubai to ADIBF. Details below:

  • Friday 26 April:
    Depart from Ibn Battuta Metro Station to ADNEC at 2pm
    Depart from ADNEC to Ibn Battuta Metro Station at 9pm
  • Saturday 27 April:
    Depart from Ibn Battuta Metro Station to ADNEC at 8am
    Depart from ADNEC to Ibn Battuta Metro Station at 6pm

For more information, visit adbookfair.com


Surround yourself with budding writers and give your creativity a boost by joining the Lucy Cavendish Residential Creative Writing Course at the University of Cambridge.

Open to all, irrespective of experience, the week-long course will be full of workshops, talks, feedback sessions, and of course, time for you to write. Accommodation and food will be provided, so all you need to do is show up and write.

Guest speakers include Nelle Andrew (agent at PFD and Fiction Prize judge), Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton), Catherine Chanter (The Well, The Half Sister), Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (Swan Song), Frances Maynard (The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr) and Gillian Stern (Editor, Ghost Writer and Fiction Prize judge).

For more information and booking details, visit www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk