Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2019: key dates, tickets and authors

It’s back with more than 185 speakers coming this year

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2019: key dates, tickets and authors
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Calling all bookworms. The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and the line-up of authors and workshops is better than ever.

The annual literature festival is a must for all writers, aspiring novelists and literature fans with writing workshops, poetry sessions and talks from top authors.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival, which kicks off on Friday March 1 until Saturday March 9 at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, welcoming more than 185 writers from over 37 countries.

There will be appearances from Humanitarian and women’s rights campaigner Zainab Salbi, world-renowned ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell , iconic UK Radio DJ Tony Blackburn and the world’s leading expert on women’s leadership, Sally Helgesen. The hugely popular Murder Mystery Dinner event is also making a comeback this year.

Authors include Jane Hawking, whose best-selling memoir of her marriage to genius Stephen Hawking was turned into the film, Travelling to Infinity, International Prize for Arabic Fiction winner Saud Alsanousi, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, novelist and artist Douglas Coupland, who defined Generation X, Cassandra Clare, author of the Shadowhunter Chronicles books, which was made into a popular Netflix series, master of crime fiction Ian Rankin and many more.

“The new names announced illustrate what a wide programme we have,” said Festival Director Ahlam Bolooki. “There really is something for everyone, from the light-hearted, amusing and entertaining, to gripping tales, insightful current affairs discussion and serious debate on what the future holds for us all. Many of the sessions are going to sell out quickly so to avoid disappointment we advise everyone to get their tickets as soon as they can”.

It’s time to get your nose out of a book and onto the ticket sales site.
Prices vary. Mar 1-9. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, tickets.emirateslitfest.com.

you shouldn’t miss

Jane Hawking: From Fact to Film to Fiction
Dr Jane Hawking shares the story of her extraordinary marriage to genius physicist Stephen Hawking
Dhs75. Fri Mar 1, 4pm-5pm.

Katherine Ormerod:Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life
The journalist and social media mogul, explores our addled ideas about body image, money and more.
Dhs75. Fri 8 Mar, 4pm-5pm.

Zelda La Grange: Good Morning, Mr. Mandela
La Grange pays tribute to Mandela as she knew him and tells the extraordinary story of their friendship.
Dhs75. Fri 8 Mar, 10am-11am.

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