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Line-up for Dubai’s 2018 Emirates Literature Festival announced



The line-up for next year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has been announced and it’s good, really good.

Comedian, writer and former star of TV series Little Britain, David Walliams will be one of the main authors taking part in the event that starts on March 1, 2018.

The nine day event, which ends on March 10, will also feature Alexander McCall Smith (Tears of the Giraffe), Shashi Tharoor (The Great Indian Novel) and Mohammed Hasan Alwan, this year’s International Arabic Fiction prize winner.

Other authors include Anthony Horowitz (The House of Silk), Jacqueline Wilson (Hetty Feather) and explorer Levison Wood as well as journalist Kate Adie and the nation’s very own spoken artist Afra Atiq. For the full line-up, click here.

Other highlights include the chance to join chefs Madhur Jaffrey and Ken Hom at their exclusive festival dining experiences as well as a the chance to join the Festival’s Richard and Judy Book Club which will be hosted by broadcasters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

Famed author Saroo Brierley (A Long Way from Home – the novel that inspired the film Lion starring Dev Patel and Rooney Mara) will also be hosting a screening of the Academy nominated film. He will also be hosting a talk where he will discuss his life, influences as well as hand out a few tips to aspiring authors.

Speaking on the festival that is held in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the OBE, CEO and trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Isobel Abulhoul said: “When we started 10 years ago, none of us could have foreseen the enormous positive impact the Festival has had on the literary scene in the region.”

She added: “In our first year 65 authors attended. Since 2009 more than 1000 bestselling authors have visited Dubai, helping to share our passion for reading, opening the door to other worlds and building an appreciation of different genres, viewpoints and cultures.”

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
When: March 1-10
Price: Varies depending on the day and event
Contact: website

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