If reading more is on your long list of resolutions for 2020, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is a great way to kick things off, and get some book recommendations while you’re at it.
Taking place at the InterContinental in Dubai Festival City from 4 to 9 February 2020, the festival will see TV presenter, cook and bestselling author Nadiya Hussain take the stage alongside explorer Ranulph Fiennes; visual artist and children’s book author, Oliver Jeffers; TV astronomer and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock; and Hazzaa AlMansouri, fresh from his first venture into space as part of the UAE space programme.
Fiction writers jetting in also include Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion, Killing Eve creator Luke Jennings, and crime writer Linwood Barclay, and bestselling author Mitch Albom, who wrote The Five People you Will Meet in Heaven will also take to the stage to recount his poignant personal journey of bringing a refuge into his family.
The festival will also welcome a number of award-winning novelists including Tayari Jones, Winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction, for An American Marriage; Jokha Alharthi, author of Celestial Bodies and the 2019 Man Booker International Prize winner; and Hoda Barakat, who won the 2019 IPAF for her most recent novel, Night Mail.
Omaima Alkhamis, a Saudi Arabian writer who won the 2018 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for her novel Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Aga will also be present alongside Esi Edugayan and Mohammed Hanif.
If eating less meat and living more sustainably is also part of your plan for the New Year, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, the duo behind the internet sensation BOSH! will be on-hand to give their tips on how to live a vegan life; internationally recognised campaigner and sustainability advisor Tony Juniper will discuss how the economy and climate crisis are interlinked; while Green Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Nuaimi will share his top tips on how we can all contribute towards a more sustainable future.
While business buffs can enjoy talks by Jeetendr Sehdev, author of The Kim Kardashian Principle; and, Jonathan Yabu, the winner of Asia’s first Apprentice show.
- Tickets go on sale to Foundation Friends on 12 November and will be on sale to the public from 14 November. Visit emirateslitfest.com for more information