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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature


We know. So few of us have time to browse the entire Emirates Airline Festival of Literature programme. As a Festival team, it is important to us to build a rich, dynamic and diverse Festival with options for everyone, but we also understand that it can be hard to choose from such an extensive line-up! So, we are coming to your rescue with a few of the Festival Team’s Picks.




Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

"The unique combination of Roger McGough, sometimes referred to as the Patron Saint of Poetry, with the folk rock musicians LiTTLe MACHiNe is magical. Music and words blend seamlessly and add a further dimension to the spoken word. A session not to be missed."
Friday 2 March 2018, 18:00 – 19:30

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature


“There has never been a better time for this discussion. When Presidents and Heads of State have taken to social media globally, how do diplomats cope? Both Omar and Thomas will have you on the edge of your seats with their frank comments on the state of international relations, now that digital diplomacy is here to stay.”
Saturday 3 March 2018, 14:00 – 15:00

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“2018 has been declared the Year of Zayed in the UAE to mark the 100 years since the birth of the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan. Who better to lead this session than HE Zaki Nusseibeh, his former interpreter, advisor and close friend. This is a golden opportunity to learn more about one the defining figures of recent Arab World history.”
Saturday 3 March 2018, 19:30 – 20:30




Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“When one of my favourite writers is talking about one of my favourite classic books, what more could I want? Dr Frankenstein and his monstrous creation still exert a profound influence on modern cinema themes and literature, and I look forward to hearing Kate Mosse demonstrate why this novel is as powerful today as it was 200 years ago.”
Friday 2 March 2018, 12:00 – 13:00

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“I am utterly entranced by Alex Wheatle’s use of language, the lyrical quality of the prose; the subject matter is gritty, his life story fascinating – join me in the audience and be transported to a different world. This is the magic of story for me – taking me from Dubai to the tough and heart-breaking landscape of South Crongton.”
Saturday 3 March 2018, 14:00 – 15:00

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“I read The Shadow of the Wind when it was first published in English in 2004 and was utterly captivated by the idea of the hidden “Cemetery of Forgotten Books” in Barcelona. Now I can’t wait to meet the author and hear how his latest book, The Labyrinth of Spirits, will return to the Cemetery and bring us another spellbinding story!”
Saturday 10 March 2018, 10:00 – 11:00




Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“As much as I love fiction, I am drawn to memoirs for the emotional impact that they deliver. There is nothing like stepping into a life experience that is not directly mine, and yet still feeling it is connected to struggles that are universal to us all.”
Saturday 10 March 2018, 16:00 – 17:00

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“This is my discovery pick for this year. If I was not working as part of the Festival team I may never have come across this brave female journalist's account of seeking out and interviewing extremists in order to pose the question that we all want to ask - why?”
Friday 9 March 2018, 14:00 – 15:00

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

“One of my resolutions is to read more works in translation, especially award-nominated work by Arab authors. This is a beautifully written book that uses multigenerational stories woven together to create a moving picture of living in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.”
Saturday 10 March 2018, 16:00 – 17:00




Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature