What to expect at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature?

Emirates Lit FestSet to take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 13, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has a packed program lined up for this year’s event.

  • Malala Yousafzai in conversation

    The youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai will be appearing virtually to discuss her life and campaign for the eradication of systematic exclusion of children and young girls from education.

  • Jameel Arts exhibition tour

    A curator-led tour of Dubai’s contemporary art museum, including its gardens, exhibitions, group show ‘Age of You’ and featured artists.

  • Making extraordinary books

    Graphic designer Irma Boom, who specializes in bookmaking and has created more than 300 books, will demonstrate in a small group setting how to turn commissions into unique objects.

  • Comics display walk and talk

    Guests are invited to journey through comics from around the Arab world, from the 1950s to the present day, with distinguished librarian and avid collector, David Hirsch.

  • Poetry evening

    Poets from the UAE and beyond will come together to perform Arabic spoken word and poems from numerous styles and traditions, accompanied by music.

  • Elif Shafak in conversation

    With 18 books published and translated into 54 languages, Elif Shafak is the most widely read female author in Turkey and acclaimed throughout the world. She will be appearing virtually.


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