The ten-day literary extravaganza will take place at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City and will include a one-off event at the Opera on Tuesday March 6, called For the Love of Words.
Dubai poet Khalid AlBudoor, multi-award-winning British poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage, Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy – the first female Poet Laureate – and British poet and children’s author Roger McGough, will all take to the stage for the event.
In addition to the authors, you’ll also get to hear from Saroo Brierley, whose real-life story A Long Way Home was depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie Lion.
Returning to the festival this year are childrens’ author Jaqueline Wilson and comic-turned-author David Walliams, along with newcomer Jane Hawking, whose autobiography Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, chronicles her life with renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, and was adapted into Academy Award-nominated film.
Following the successful early sale of 30 sessions, organisers have released tickets for more than 200 events for the tenth anniversary of the Festival.
Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature said, “It has been an extraordinary journey so far and how quickly ten years have gone by.
“We are delighted to welcome back some of our favourite authors who will be sharing their memories of the Festival with our audiences, and we look forward to greeting the new faces who will be gracing Dubai’s shores for the first time.
“We have two packed weekends in March with something for everyone. Whether you want to take a trip down memory lane or create new memories by discovering new authors, topics and genres, the 2018 Festival is definitely for you.” Tickets are available online via the Festival website and at select Magrudy’s stores in the UAE.