Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature 2016 authors announced
Find out who the authors attending the Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature 2016 in Dubai are
Time Out Dubai staff
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has released the names of the authors who will be attending the 2016 Festival ahead of the announcement of the final line up in October.
Flick ahead to find out who has been confirmed to be joining the likes of Anchee Min - celebrated author of best-selling memoirs and historical novels about China – for the Dubai event March 8-12.
Carol Ann Duffy UK’s Poet Laureate
AC Grayling, Eminent philosopher known for his books on morality, religion and humanism.
Anthony Horowitz, Best-known for the 'Alex Rider' series and 'Foyle's War', he has written two new Sherlock Holmes novels and his latest book is a new James Bond, 'Trigger Mortis'.
Helen MacDonald, Author of the bestselling memoir 'H is for Hawk', winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and 2014 Costa Book Award.
Ian Rankin, Author of the hugely successful Inspector Rebus series of Edinburgh-based thrillers.
Dan Rather, Highly-regarded veteran journalist known for his coverage of major world events for CBS, now heading up an investigative journalism team for 'Dan Rather Reports' and author of 'Rather Outspoken'.
Hala Kazim, Emirati counsellor and coach, founder of 'My Private Collection' and 'Journey Through Change'.
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, Director of the TwinsUK Registry and author of 'Identically Different' and the bestselling 'The Diet Myth'.
Petr Horacek, Paper engineer and illustrator of numerous colourful picture books including 'The Mouse Who Ate the Moon' and the recent 'A Surprise for Tiny Mouse'.
Conn Iggulden Historical fiction writer
Suad Amiry Author of Sharon and my Mother-in-Law and Nothing to Lose But Your Life: An 18-Hour Journey with Murad
Hoda Barakat Lebanese novelist who won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for 'The Tiller of Waters', her most recent book is 'Kingdom of This Earth'.
Marilyn Booth Translator of several contemporary Arabic novels including Elias Khoury's 'As Though She Were Sleeping' and works by Nawal El-Saadawi and HodaBarakat.
Ann Cleeves Author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland crime series, most recently 'The Moth Catcher'.
Helen Dunmore Award-winning poet, novelist and children's writer, her books include 'A Spell of Winter' 'The Siege' and 'The Lie'.
Chris Haughton Designer and award-winning children's author of 'Oh no, George' and 'Shh! We Have a Plan'; launched app 'Hat Monkey' in 2014.
Maitha Al Khayat Emirati author and illustrator of several children's books in Arabic and English including the critically-acclaimed 'I Love My Mum’s Pretty Veil' and 'I Love My Dad's Long Beard'.
John Man Historian and travel writer specialising in China and Mongolia, author of Genghis Khan, The Great Wall and The Mongol Empire, who has most recently turned to the Arab world with Saladin.
Justin Marozzi Travel writer, historian and journalist who recently won the 2015 Ondaatje Prize for 'Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood'.
John McHugo Arabist and author of the critically-acclaimed 'A Concise History of the Arabs' and 'Syria: A Recent History'.
Garth Nix Author of several bestselling fantasy novels for young adults and children including 'Sabriel', 'The Ragwitch' and 'The Keys to the Kingdom' series.
Freya North Award-winning author of novels featuring strong female protagonists, most recently 'The Way Back Home'.
Youssef Ziedan Egyptian scholar and author of more than 50 books including IPAF-winning 'Azazeel'.
John Agard Award-winning playwright, poet, short-story and children's writer best known for his poem, "Half Caste'.
Shukri AlMabkhout Winner of the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his debut novel 'The Italian'.
Saud AlSanousi Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, whose novel 'The Bamboo Stalk' won the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction and his upcoming novel is 'Mama Hissa's Mice'.
Simon Armitage Author of numerous poetry collections and novels, including 'Seeing Stars' and 'The White Stuff' and was named Millennium Poet in 1999; his latest book is 'Walking Away'.
Nick Arnold Writer of science books for children, best known for his 'Horrible Science' and 'Wild Lives' series.
Chris Cleave Author of bestselling novels 'Incendiary', 'The Other Hand', 'Gold' and the forthcoming 'Everyone Brave is Forgiven'.
Jenny Colgan Author of romantic comedy novels such as 'Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery', sci-fi novel 'Resistance Is Futile', Dr. Who stories and most recently, a children's book, 'Polly and the Puffin'.
David Crystal Linguist, academic and author who has written more than 100 books on language, including Shakespeare dictionaries, 'The Stories of English', 'You Say Potato' and 'Txtng'.
Michael Dobbs British politician and author of a number of political novels including 'House of Cards', which has spawned two television series, in the UK and USA.
Maha Gargash Emirati documentary filmmaker and writer of the acclaimed 'The Sand Fish' and the upcoming 'The Other Me'.
Katie Hickman Novelist and travel writer, author of 'The Pindar Diamond', 'Travels with a Mexican Circus' and 'Daughters of Britannia'.
Ghada Karmi Academic and author of a number of books revolving around life in Palestine including 'In Search of Fatima' and her latest 'Return: A Palestinian Memoir'.