Dubai Opera to host first-ever non-musical event

Poets coming to Dubai Opera for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

For the first time ever, Dubai Opera will host world-class poets for a spoken word event as part of the tenth annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, taking place from Thursday March 1 to Saturday 10.

For the Love of Words, presented by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai Opera and The British Council, with the support of the UK GREAT campaign, will take place on Tuesday March 6, and see some of the world’s finest wordsmiths from the UAE and the UK come together to perform their much-loved works.

The event will see Dubai poet Khalid AlBudoor, multi-award-winning British poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage, Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy – the first female Poet Laurette – the legendary British poet, presenter and children’s author Roger McGough and the renowned British poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, among others, all take to the stage to recite their verse.

It will be the first time that the opera house hosts a non-musical performance.

Also new to next year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Story Innovators strand that expands the diversity of the Festival by including comic writers, comic illustrators and gaming writers. Sessions by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriquez and Rhianna Pratchett will be taking place on Friday March 2.

Those who love a good book-turned-movie will enjoy the From Page to Screen events, set for Friday March 2, Wednesday March 7 and Friday March 9, which will see the writers of iconic novels talk about how their pages were adapted to the screen. James Dashner will talk about his epic phenomenon The Maze Runner, as the final film hits screens next year. In addition to the authors, you’ll also get to hear from Saroo Brierley, whose real-life story was depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie Lion.

As usual, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will see a diverse line-up of authors speaking about their craft in their specific genres, including in the children’s section, authors Jacqueline Wilson, creator of the unforgettable Tracy Beaker and David Walliams, comedian and actor-turned-author of international bestsellers, including The Midnight Gang.

Crime fiction will see the legendary Alexander McCall Smith, creator of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency take to the stage, while fiction will see a huge diversity of novelists speaking, including Emirati writer Nadia Al Najjar, who has written two novels, Manfa Al-Thakira and Mada’en Al-Lahfa, which was awarded Best Short Novel at the Emirates Novel Awards 2015. Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón will also be speaking at the event. He is best-known for his novel The Shadow of the Wind, which garnered critical acclaim worldwide and won numerous international awards.

But it’s not all about the books. Foodies will want to snap up tickets for the dinners by Food Legends Madhur Jaffrey and Ken Hom, taking place on Friday March 2 and Friday March 9, in which guests can share a meal cooked by the world-famous chefs Madhur Jaffrey or Ken Hom, while quizzing them on their dishes and hearing about their rise to culinary fame.

Further events are still to be announced in January 2018, but tickets to all those already launched are on sale now.
From Dhs50. Mar 1-10, 2018. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com.

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