The eighth Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is set for March 2016, and we’ve got the low-down on all of the authors from around the world that will be heading for Dubai!
Prepare yourself for two weeks of literary action with the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, next March, 2016! The festival will bring to the region a wide range of talented authors and writers, including the uncrecognisable James Bond author, Anthony Horowitz, award-winning children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson, prolific Egyptian scholar and IPAF-winner Youssef Ziedan and astronaut superstar Chris Hadfield. There’ll also be a host of international authors from all around the world!
When: 1st – 12th March, 2016
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing. The Festival creates wonderful opportunities for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events.
The Festival will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, from 1st to the 12th March, 2016 (the longest it’s been yet!) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated authority for culture, arts and heritage… And the line up includes more than 140 names, from 30 different countries!
Festival friends, authors, fans and the media witnessed the launch of the Festival at a star-studded event at the home of the Festival, which featured internationally-renowned pianist Jason Kouchak performing the 2016 Festival theme tune, The Sands of Time, composed by him.
After all, the 2016 theme is “time” and the countdown has certainly begun for next March!
So what’s new this year?
In an effort to meet the growing demands of the regional audience as well as the increasing portfolio of attending authors, organisers have actually extended the Festival to TWO weeks! The additional days certainly confirm that the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has secured its status as a hub of literary delights.
Students will be particularly excited about Poetry Live!, an event that allows schools to bring together poets and the students who study them. Students will have the unique opportunity to hear these poems performed live by their creators as well as teh chance to interact with examiners. The event will feature John Agard, Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy and Grace Nichols. Festival audiences will also have the opportunity to listen to several poest perform their work at the Festiva event, Desert Stanzas, a night of poetry under the stars!
The 2016 programme will introduce a new exquisite fine-dining concept, as The Literary Cruise will set sail on the picturesque Dubai Creek, with philosopher AC Grayling extolling the importance of literature to a like-minded audience.
Incorporating this year’s Festival theme of “time”, organisers have introduced a new Friday evening event! Guests at the Time Travel Gala Dinner will be captivated by stars from the literary world entertaining them with “timely tales”!
There’s more! Potterheads will be happy to get A Muggle’s-Eye view into the world of Harry Potter, thanks to the award-winner illustrator, Jim Kay.
Bringing back the Bard
At the 2016 Festival, experience Shakespeare like never before as career villain Steven Berkoff (James Bond, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) brings Shakespeare’s most infamous characters to life in his acclaimed one-man show, Shakespeare’s Villains.
Don’t worry, the kids won’t be left out of all the fun, as Marcia Williams, known and loved for her children’s books on Shakespeare, will entertain the Festival’s younger audiences, and Trinity College will be working with young performers to bring scenes from Shakespeare to life at the Fringe.
Linguist David Crystal, and his son, Shakespearean actor and writer, Ben Crystal, will debate the relevance of Shakespare in Language of the Bard Unlocked.
Food, glorious food
The food strand will feature an impressive cast of culinary luminatries. MasterChef Britain judge John Torode will fascinate foodies at the Festival, as will actors and celebrity chefs Lisa Faulkner (Spooks) and Nadia Sawalha (Eastenders), both of whom are Celebrity Masterchef winners.
Other foodie fans will also be able to bask in the knowledge of Joe Wicks, aka “The Body Coach” and Asma Hilal Lootah, and the Festival will also be welcoming Annabel Karmel back.
Wonders of science and nature
The Festival theme “time” has played a key part in the choosing of authors to appear at the event… Discover the wonders of the mind of Baroness Susan Greenfield CBA, a British scientist, writer and broadcaster, specialising in the physiology of the brain. Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and author of The Diet Myth Tim Spector brings his expertise in Genetics and its new counterpart Epigenetics to the Festival.
Environmentalist Noura Khoori, animal experts Gill Lewis and Lauren St John, oceanic journalist Susan Casey and zoologist Nicola Davies will also appear, as well as ornithologist Tim Cleeves and astronaut and social media sensation Chris Hadfield.
Meet the leading ladies
Meera Syal, star of The Kumars at No. 42, and author of The House of Hidden Mothers, will make her debut appearance at the Festival. Fellow British television counterpart, presenter Judy Finnigan, will be returning to the Festival with her co-host and husband Richard Madeley.
International playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker will bring to the fore the challenges women face in the world of theatre, whilst Maha Gargash, an eminent Emirati film-maker, shares her latest novel, a family saga set in Dubai.
Women feature strongly in the Festival programme 2016, as usual. The Female Focus panels return with discussions on the changing role of women in the Arab world, women in the literary world and working mothers.
The children’s and young adult programme will be a particular highlight at the 2016 Festival as it boasts the inclusion of Ahlam Bsharat, renowned Jordanian writer of My Nom de Guerre Is Butterfly, bestselling writers Christopher Edge and Darren Shan, Geek Girl author Holly Smale and Sean Fay Wolfe, the 18-year-old author of the unofficial Minecraft Fan Adventure series the Elementia Chronicles.
Tickets have not been released on sale yet, however you may find further information and updates about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature by visiting their website: www.emirateslitfest.com
Authors for 2016
There’s some big, big names heading to the Festival in 2016! Here we’ve got the full list of the140+ authors attending the event, as well as their major works that you may be familiar with.
Susan Abulhawa The Blue Between Sky and Water, Mornings in Jenin
John Agard Half Caste
Sulayman Al-Bassam NA
Yusra Alhashimi NA
Jasim Al Ali Influential Leaders in Arab Organisations, Localising the GCC Workforce
David Allen Getting Things Done
Saud AlSanousi Mama Hissa’s Mice, The Bamboo Stalk
Mohammed Hassan Alwan Saqf Elkefaya, Sophia, Touq Altahara, Al-Qundus (The Beaver)
Sultan Al Ameemi P.O. Box 1003
Khalid Al Ameri NA
Suad Amiry Golda Slept Here, Nothing to Lose But Your Life, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law
Simon Armitage Walking Away, Walking Home, Seeing Stars, The White Stuff
Nick Arnold Horrible Science series, Wild Lives series
Harry Baker The Sunshine Kid
Hoda Barakat The Stone of Laughter, The Tiller of Waters, Kingdom of This Earth
Antony Beevor Stalingrad, The Second World War, Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble
Amal Belhoul NA
Steven Berkoff Bad Guy, Shopping in the Santa Monica Mall: The Journals of a Strolling Player, I am Hamlet, Meditations on Metamorphosis
Rachel Billington Glory, Maria and the Admiral, The Missing Boy
Luigi Bonomi NA
Marilyn Booth May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt, The Circling Song (translator), The Loved Ones (translator), As Though She Were Sleeping (translator)
Alex Broun NA
Ahlam Bsharat Poinciana Tree: Memories of a Girl from the Lowest Spot in the World, My Nom de Guerre is Butterfly, If I Think About It, It’s Just Thoughts, 40th Day after Death Prayer in Blue
Khalid Al Budoor Night (Layl), Jabr Wa Ghazal, Winter (Shtaa)
Michel Bussi Maman A Tort, Ne lâche pas ma main, Nymphéas noirs, Omaha Crimes
Tony Calderbank Rhadopis of Nubia (translator), Land of Thyme and Stone (translator)
Tom Callaghan A Killing Winter, A Spring Betrayal
Chris Carter Robert Hunter series – An Evil Mind, One By One, etc
Susan Casey The Devil’s Teeth, The Wave, Voices In The Ocean
Lauren Child The New Small Person, Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort
Gillian Clarke A Recipe for Water
Chris Cleave Incendiary, The Other Hand (Little Bee), Gold, Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Ann Cleeves Vera Stanhope series, Shetland series
Tim Cleeves RSPB Handbook of British Birds, Birds New to Britain 1980-2004
Jenny Colgan Polly and the Puffin, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, Resistance Is Futile
Ben Crystal Shakespeare on Toast – Getting a Taste for the Bard, The Shakespeare Miscellany
David Crystal The Stories of English, ‘You Say Potato, Txtng
Diana Darke My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution
Nicola Davies Suprising Sharks, Who’s like Me?
Imtiaz Dharker Over the Moon, Terrorist at my table
Michael Dobbs House of Cards
Carol Ann Duffy The World’s Wife
Helen Dunmore A Spell of Winter, The Lie, The Siege, Mourning Ruby,
Christopher Edge The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, Penelope Tredwell series
Mai El khalifa NA
Mark Evans NA
Hatoon Al Fassi Women in Pre-Islamic Arabia: Nabataea, Women in Eastern Arabia: Myth and Representation in Gulf Women
Sean Fay Wolfe Elementia Chronicles Trilogy
Lisa Faulkner Recipes from My Mother for My Daughter, The Way I Cook, Tea and Cake
Liz Fenwick The Cornish House, A Cornish Affair, A Cornish Stranger
Judy Finnigan I Do Not Sleep, Eloise
Sebastian Fitzek Therapy, Splinter, The Eye Hunter
Maha Gargash The Other Me, The Sand Fish
Nujoom Al Ghanem Angels of Distant Longing, No Describing What I Am In, Homes of Pomegranate Blossoms
AC Grayling The Challenge of Things, The Good Book, The God Argument
Susan Greenfield A Day in the Life of the Brain: Consciousness from Dawn ‘til Dusk’, Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains, The Human Brain: A Guided Tour, 2121: A Tale from the Next Century
Nidhal Guessoum Islam’s Quantum Question: reconciling Muslim tradition and modern science, The Story of the Universe: from primitive conceptions to the Big Bang
Chris Hadfield An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Matt Haig Reasons to Stay Alive
Rachel Hamilton The Case of the Exploding Loo, The Case of the Exploding Brains
A.F. Harrold Fizzlebert Stump, The Imaginary, I Eat Squirrels
Hassan Hassan ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror
Chris Haughton Oh no, George, Shh! We Have a Plan
Jane Hawking Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen
Lucy Hawking George Greenby series
Katie Hickman The Aviary Gate, The Pindr Diamond, Travels with a Mexican Circus
Victoria Hislop The Island, The Return, The Sunrise
Liliane van der Hoeven Key to Dubai, Footprints in Dubai
Petr Horacek The Mouse Who Ate the Moon, A Surprise for Tiny Mouse
Gill Hornby All Together Now, The Hive
Anthony Horowitz Moriarty, The House of Silk, Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, Foyle’s War (TV series)
Curtis Jobling Wereworld series, Bob the Builder (TV series), Frankenstein’s Cat
Brian Johnson NA
Julia Johnson The Pearl Diver, The Leopard Boy, The Turtle Secret
Dom Joly Here Comes the Clown: A Stumble Through Show Business, The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World’s Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations, Look at ME, Look at ME!
Annabel Kantaria Coming Home
Annabel Karmel MUMPRENEUR: The complete guide to starting and running a successful business, Annabel’s Family Cookbook
Ghada Karmi Return: A Palestinian Memoir, In Search of Fatima
Jim Kay Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2015), Bugs, A Monster Calls
Hala Kazim Hala and Change
Liz Keaney Warrior Women, Self Kindness for Busy, Intelligent Women
Maitha Al Khayat Two Whales, When a Camel Comes Calling, I Love My Mum’s Pretty Veil, I Love My Dad’s Long Beard
Noura Khoori Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo
Gill Lewis Moon Bear, White Dolphin, Sky Hawk
Julie Lewis NA
Jonathan Lloyd NA
Asma Hilal Lootah NA
Kate Lord Brown The Beauty Chorus, The Perfume Garden, The House of Dreams
Shukri Al Mabkhout The Italian
Helen MacDonald H is for Hawk
Richard Madeley Some Day I’ll Find You, The Way You Look Tonight
Sahar Naja Mahfouz Laytani Akul Laa
John Man Ninja, Samurai, Xanadu, Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, The Great Wall
Lulwah Al Mansouri We Came from the Mountain’s Rib
Justin Marozzi Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood, The Man Who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus, Faces of Exploration
Shaima Al Marzooqi Hamad’s trip in Dubai, Asma and Fofo the Bear, Ahmed and iPad
Lara Matossian NA
Francis Matthew Building a Nation, The Rise of a Nation
John McHugo A Concise History of the Arabs, Syria: A Recent History
Alexander McNabb Birdkill, A Decent Bomber, Olives, Beirut, Shemlan
David Melling Hugless Douglas Activity series
Jonathan Meres World of Norm series
Anchee Min Red Azalea, The Cooked Seed: A Memoir
Marco Missiroli Tailless, The Darkness on Him, The Sense of the Elephant
Ammar Mohammed NA
Afshin Molavi Gangnam Style Globalisation, The United Arab Emirates and Africa: A Pivotal Partnership Amid a “South-South” Commercial Revolution
Jayne Morris Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success
Gavin Mortimer The History of the Special Boat Squadron in World War 2, The Men Who Made the SAS: a History of the Long Range Desert Group in WW2
Shihab Al Deen Al Musharaf Alaa the Bounty Hunter
Nadia Al Najar Cities of Eagerness
Grace Nichols I is a Long-Memoried Woman, Picasso, I Want My Face Back
Garth Nix Sabriel, The Ragwitch, The Keys to the Kingdom series
Noura Al Noman Ajwan Trilogy
Freya North The Turning Point, The Way Back Home
John Julius Norwich A History of England in 100 Places: Stonehenge to the Gherkin, A Short History of Byzantium, A History of Venice: The Rise to Empire
Korky Paul Winnie the Witch series, The Fish Who Could Wish
Ian Rankin Inspector Rebus series
Flora Rees NA
Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi Yousef’s Shirt
John Sampson NA
Brandon Sanderson The Stormlight Archive, Reckoners trilogy
Nadia Sawalha Fabulous Family Food, Greedy Girl’s Diet
Suhel Seth The Success Mantras of India’s Greatest CEOs, Get To The Top: The Ten Rules For Social Success, In Your Face
Darren Shan Saga of Darren Shan, TheDemonata, Zom-B, Saga of Larten Crepsley, Lady of the Shades
Fatima Sharafeddine Faten (The Servant), The Man who Makes the Cherry Trees Blossom
Jo Simpson The Restless Executive
Holly Smale Geek Girl series
Tim Spector Identically Different, ‘The Diet Myth
Lauren St John Rainbow’s End, White Giraffe series, One Dollar Horse series, The Glory, The Obituary Writer
Meera Syal The House of Hidden Mothers, Anita and Me, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee
John Torode My Kind of Food
Selina Walker NA
James Waterson Dracula’s Wars, Sacred Swords, Defending Heaven
Timberlake Wertenbaker The Ant and the Cicada, Jefferson’s Garden
Joe Wicks Lean in 15: 15 Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy
Marcia Williams Tales from Shakespeare, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and Friends
Jacqueline Wilson Tracy Beaker series
Clare Woodcraft-Scott NA
Hammour Ziada A Life Story from Omdurman, Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain, The Longing of the Dervish
Youssef Ziedan Azazeel
Are you just as excited as we are? We can’t wait!
About the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and above all else, love of reading and writing.
The Festival creates a wonderful opportunity for UAE nationals, residents and visitors to meet world famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings, participate in workshops and experience the exciting fringe and children’s events. Writing competitions, an inter-school quiz and a performance poetry competition are amongst the educational highlights, and young people also have the chance to hear and meet some of their favourite writers. With simultaneous translation between Arabic and English for select sessions, the Festival is a meeting of minds where ideas are shared and friendships are formed – not least among the authors themselves.
The Festival has become an eagerly anticipated annual event and in 2015 welcomed more than 130 writers, thinkers and speakers from 30 countries. More than 37,000 visitors attended the Festival which had over 200 one-off sessions and unique events to be experienced and enjoyed in a programme designed for wide appeal, with something to suit every taste.
The 2016 Festival will be held March 1-12, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and in partnership with Emirates and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage.
The Festival is now part of the Emirates Literature Foundation, which was established in 2013 by Royal decree.
To celebrate the extended 2016 programme, organisers have decided to expand the exclusive annual membership programme, Festival Friends, with a range of new and exciting benefits.
‘Our Festival Friends are part of the Festival family,’ said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. ‘Their passion for literature is essential to the Festival and its goals. The new membership benefits are the Festival’s way of thanking them for their enthusiastic support.’
The loyalty scheme has always appealed to regular Festival-goers who appreciate the early-bird tickets and substantial savings on all tickets plus reserved seating and access to the Friends lounge at the Festival.
Organisers announced that the new benefits include:
10% off at all Costa Coffee outlets in the UAE
10% off on books and stationery at WHSmith outlets across the UAE
10% off on Bookworm purchases, and
30% off on City Sightseeing Tours in Dubai
Reorganised into a three-tier system divided into Single, Couple and Family memberships, all membership packages also allow for an add-on facility for younger members. The benefits for membership can now be redeemed using Festival Friend loyalty cards.
Fore more information about Festival Friends, please contact Stogram by mail or on phone. via expatwoman.com