Listen up bookworms, the Emirates Festival of Literature is coming back to Dubai and bringing with it a whole host of award-winning talent.
The impressive line-up features a who’s who of remarkable talent from children’s book writers to explorers, baking TV show contestants and even an astronaut.
Taking place from Tuesday February 4 to Sunday February 9, the 11th edition of the huge book fair, will welcome highly-acclaimed individuals such as 75-year-old British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes (who will be in conversation with British mountaineer, 85-year-old Chris Bonington), Great British Bake Off winner and cook book author – oh, and she’s written a children’s picture book called Monster and Me, too – Nadiya Hussain and Oliver Jeffers who has written over 13 kid’s books including Stuck and The Day the Crayons Quit.
Dubai-based children's author Julia Johnson, whose books include The Pearl Diver and the award-winning The Turtle Secret.
But a major highlight for the 2020 festival is that Hazza Al Mansouri, the first Emirati astronaut – fresh from his mission to the International Space Station – will be putting in an appearance.
In addition to the stellar line-up expected at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, you can also sign up to a whole range of workshops and masterclasses aimed at helping aspiring writers from tips on particular genres of literature to pointers on how to get a book published.
Tickets are on sale now for the six-day event, which is being held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.
We’ll see you there.
Prices vary. Tue Feb 4-Sun Feb 9. InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, www.emirateslitfest.com (04 355 9844).