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25 January 2017

Festival Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for the ninth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature are now on sale! Choose from more than 250 sessions featuring 160+ international and regional authors from around the world.

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Festival Spotlight on…

Yasmina Khadra

Author of numerous award-winning novels including The Swallows of Kabul, The Angels Die and The Dictator's Last Night; his work has been adapted for film and theatre.

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Kathy Reichs

Author of the phenomenally successful Temperance Brennan novels and producer of the television show Bones which is based on the book series.

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Jon Ronson

Author and filmmaker whose investigations into the stranger corners of human behaviour include The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test and So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

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Book Lovers’ Quiz Night

Test your literary skills at the annual Book Lovers’ Quiz Night, held on February 15, 2017 at the 33rd Floor, Sheikh Rashid Tower, World Trade Centre.

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Become a Festival Champion

Become a Teacher/Librarian, Parent or Student Festival Champion to spread the word about Festival 2017.

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Costa Debate

Enter the Costa Debate on ‘Hot or Cold’ for a chance to win a trip for two anywhere in the world, including flights and accommodation. DEADLINE EXTENDED – 22 February 2017

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Family Favourite Bake Competition

Does your family have a favourite bake? Share a photo, tell us the story behind it and you could win two tickets to The Great British Afternoon Tea: with Nadiya Hussain!

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Meet the Authors, At The Top!

Win an amazing experience with #DubaiLitFest authors At The Top, Burj Khalifa - competition closes February 14, 2017!

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Pimp My Rice: Lunch with Nisha Katona

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear how Nisha established a worldwide following through YouTube, became an author and established her restaurant.

Friday 3 March, 1pm-3pm
Murder Mystery Dinner: The Fatal Festival

The Murder Mystery Dinner is back with a killer script and a three-course meal to keep your taste buds as entertained as your ‘little grey cells’.

Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-10pm
The Great British Afternoon Tea: with Nadiya Hussain

Join us for an afternoon of tea with Nadiya as she discusses Bake Off, Buckingham Palace and beyond.

Saturday 4 March,
Mystic Life by Leila Aboulela: A Play Reading

Come and hear Leila Aboulela’s short radio play Mystic Life read onstage by a number of local actors, followed by a Q&A with the playwright herself!

Sunday 5 March, 7pm-8pm
Spices on the Silk Roads: A Supper Club Discussion

Get ready for a lively discussion about food and how it shaped the world, accompanied by a three-course meal.

Wednesday 8 March,
When in the Arab World: A Lunch that Means Business

This three-course lunch will feature enlightening anecdotes from Rana Nejem and leave you both well-fed and well-informed.

Thursday 9 March,
Desert Stanzas 2017

Enjoy an evening under the stars in a traditional desert camp, with an Arabian feast, a flickering campfire and poetry.

Thursday 9 March,
Closing Ceremony: Letters to the Festival

The Festival’s closing ceremony will feature a short talk on the lost art of letter writing, followed by a performance by acapella group Take Note.

Saturday 11 March,
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