Authors and guests not to miss at five-day book festival
Time Out Dubai staff
The five-day Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will run from Tuesday March 6 to Saturday March 10, featuring author seminars, talks, literary debates and an education day for kids, plus writing and cooking workshops. Larger events will take place at Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association in Al Mamzar, while the majority of talks and seminars will be held at the InterContinental in Festival City. See the website for a full schedule. www.emirateslitfest.com (04 353 4002).
Sir Terry Wogan The British broadcasting legend will kick things off on opening night with a walk down memory lane, providing anecdotes from his years in TV and radio. From Dhs125. 8pm, Tuesday March 6. Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Mamzar (04 353 4002). Click here for Dubai’s best bookshops.
Known for reciting Shakespeare in the dressing room, the former British rugby player and commentator will reveal what it’s like to go from the field to the office.
Dhs65. 7.30pm, Thursday March 8. Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).
The British brainiac, philosopher and author will offer his expertise on everything from epistemology (the study of knowledge) to the ins and outs of metaphysics.
Dhs65. 11.30am, Friday March 9. Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).
This US author, who has penned books-turned-films including The Notebook, Message In A Bottle and A Walk to Remember, will discuss his life, his ambitions and his writing.
Dhs65. 7.30pm, Friday March 9. Al Ras 1, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).
Maha Gargash and Khalid Al Budoor
Emirati writer Maha Gargash, author of The Sand Fish, will discuss her debut novel, while Emirati poet Khalid Al Budoor will describe the art of writing scripts to capture bygone areas.
Dhs39. 7.30pm, Saturday March 10. Al Majlis, InterContinental Festival City (04 353 4002).