The forthcoming Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will see a rundown of well-known personalities including the world’s greatest British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Bake-off winner and author Nadia Hussein amongst others from the region and around the globe. The event will take place from February 4 to February 9, 2020, and tickets will go on sale tomorrow – November 14.
The multi-day event will be held at the InterContinental at Dubai Festival City hosting award-winning novelist, creators, journalists and poets like the Egyptian author and critic Tareq Imam, the space researcher Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and Young Adult fiction writer Alwyn Hamilton. Also present at the festival will be renowned writers like Graeme Simsion, Luke Jennings, and Linwood Barclay with investigative photo-journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Hunter hosting a talk about his mission to traverse North Korea.
What’s more, Fatima Bhutto, the niece of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will be attending and discussing her most recent book The Runways and New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop New York. Winner of five Emmys and two BAFTAs, Gavin Thurston will uncover the phenomenal experiences and genuine accounts of finding and recording the world’s most enrapturing animals. Jeetendr Sehdev will analyze The Kim Kardashian Principle, which was named one of the year’s most persuasive books by the Huffington Post.
The occasion will see a rundown of great activities like the poetry program facilitated by slam poetry champion Carlos Andres Gomez and Farah Chamma who is a Palestinian performer. Ahlam Bolooki, festival director for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said: “In a world so full of information, we have a duty of making responsible decisions every day. It is in the small actions we take every day that our impact is made. We can’t afford not to be inquisitive and not to ask the big questions in life.
She added, “We may not find all the answers but with every word we read, we get a little bit closer. Many of the big problems of our world today were predicted in science fiction books long ago. Can we, therefore, look in today’s literature for clues about tomorrow?”
“With the stellar line-up for the 2020 festival, there is no better place to search for the answers, whatever your question may be. We have writers to entertain, inspire, challenge and excite people from all walks of life and of all ages. Join us at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature because one thing we all have in common is the love of good conversations and great stories.”