The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature runs from January 29 to February 13.


Emirates Litfest tickets go on sale, features Malala and more


DUBAI – Tickets for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will go on sale from 12pm on Thursday (January 14), with Nobel prize winner Malala among the featured authors.

The literature festival will run from January 29 to February 13. Malala, Booker nominees Avni Doshi (Burnt Sugar) and Oyinkan Braithwaite (My Sister the Serial Killer) will be among the authors taking to the stage.

Programme highlights also include internationally acclaimed authors Elif Shafak, Amin Maalouf and Lemn Sissay.

There will be live appearances and virtual sessions across three weekends and three venues: Jameel Arts Centre (January 29-30), the InterContinental Dubai Festival City (February 4-6) and Alserkal Avenue (February 12-13y).

Additions to the names already announced include the ingenious and avant-garde Irma Boom who will be appearing at Jameel Arts Centre.

Described as “The Queen of Books”, Boom’s bold experimental approach in creating more than 300 books resulted in her becoming the youngest recipient of the Gutenberg Prize, with a selection of her books held in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York.

How literature contributes to uncovering society’s unspoken rules is the topic in Kuwaiti writer Abdullah Al Busais’ session.

He is known for his exploration of the human psyche in his novels, The Taste of the Wolf and K for Killer, S for Saeed, which both delve into the political and cultural attitudes that shaped the societal identity of Kuwait.

Would-be writers won’t want to miss the workshop “The Art of the Plot Twist” with award-winning crime-writer Clare Mackintosh, who will be at the InterContinental giving an insight into the devious mind-bending techniques required when writing in this exciting genre.

Taleb Alrefai, the acclaimed Kuwaiti author, is also featured on a panel with Amin Maalouf, examining how to tackle difficult topics in fiction.

Dana Dajani is an award-winning Palestinian writer, performer, and advocate. Part spoken-word, part one-woman show, Dana’s performance is unique and unforgettable.

Local talent is not to be missed include Sultan Al Ameemi, the Emirati author of more than a dozen books, including short story collections, novels, and works of non-fiction.

Ticket prices start at Dh60 for adult sessions, Dh40 for children’s sessions, and Dh100 for a digital pass to watch live-streamed sessions from home. A minimum of 10 top sessions will be streamed live from the big Festival weekend at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City. ICA/Expat Media

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