The Festival of Literature beckons!

For someone who loves books, come and be a part of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which is considered to be the largest celebration of literature. People of all ages and backgrounds come under one roof to enjoy this amazing festival. It also sees beloved authors from across the globe who come and educate the visitors, take part in debates and above all spread their experiences for their love for reading and writing. Exciting indeed!

Now in it’s seventh year, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is massive this year. Around 125 authors from across the world are ready to hit this festival, including David Williams, Channel swimmer turned children’s novelist. He first rose to fame with his sketch comedy called Little Britain, and later went on to write nin children’s books. Two of which has been adapted into a TV show – Mr. Stink and Gangsta Granny. His other books Ratburger and Demon Dentist have won the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Along with him, a number of authors whose books have been adapted into feature films will be present at the event. David Nicholls, who penned the tearjerker bestselling novel One Day, which was turned into a film will be sharing his views on his book. Other authors such as Micharl Morpurgo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie whose award-winning novel Americanah is being made into a film starring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Bradd Pitt. Another highly-anticipated author Alexander McCall Smith will be making an appearance at the festival, talking about his series of books No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Local authors like Massachusetts-born, Dubai-based fiction writer Liz Fenwick, and sci-fi novelist Noura Al Noman will also be making their presence felt in this event. Without a doubt, the line-up of this celebrated event is something all book lovers are waiting with bated breath.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2015 is a great platform, creating opportunities for UAE nationals, residents and visitors, along with local authors to meet and interact with world-renowned authors loved by all. Listening to their literary debates, readings, experiences and also participating in the workshops will only help and educate one and all present at the venue. There will be many activties in this 5-day festival, including writing competitions and inter-school quiz show, which will be amongst the educational highlights of this festival. The young aspiring students will also get an opportunity to hear and meet some of their favourite authors. There will be simultaneous translation between Arabic and English, making this literature festival vistor-friendly.

This festival of written and spoken word is expecting more than 30,000 visitors this year, and the majority of the events will take place in English, Arabic and French as well. The event is designed for everyone to experience and enjoy on the whole, with something to suit every taste. Come, be a part of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, and celebrate the love for reading and writing to the fullest.