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Revealed: big name authors set for 2018 Dubai lit fest

David Walliams, Alexander McCall Smith and Anthony Horowitz to attend Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Revealed: big name authors set for 2018 Dubai lit fest

The UAE’s annual celebration of the written and spoken word, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, has announced its strongest ever line-up for its 10th anniversary event, which takes place from March 1-10, 2018.

Bestselling international authors David Walliams, Alexander McCall Smith, Shashi Tharoor and 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) winner Mohammed Hasan Alwan are some of the renowned names taking part.

Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, explorer Levison Wood, veteran journalist Kate Adie and the UAE Ambassador to France, Omar Saif Ghobash will also feature.

This year’s event also features some of the biggest names in the poetry world, including Khalid AlBudoor, Nujoom Nasser AlGhanem, spoken word artist Afra Atiq, UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, John Agard, Imtiaz Dharker, Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Lemn Sissay and World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker.

Other highlight events include the chance to join food legends Madhur Jaffrey and Ken Hom at their exclusive festival dining experiences, and an invitation to come along to the Festival’s Richard and Judy Book Club, hosted by broadcasters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

Saroo Brierley, whose story inspired the Oscar-nominated film Lion, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, will talk about his life while there is a rare chance to see Andy Weir, via live video link from the United States. His debut novel, The Martian, was a runaway hit in 2014 and later adapted to a blockbuster film by Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain.

The Festival is held in partnership with Emirates Airline and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).

Isobel Abulhoul, OBE, CEO and trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said: "When we started 10 years ago, none of us could have foreseen the enormous positive impact the Festival has had on the literary scene in the region.

"In our first year 65 authors attended. Since 2009 more than 1000 bestselling authors have visited Dubai, helping to share our passion for reading, opening the door to other worlds and building an appreciation of different genres, viewpoints and cultures."

For the full list of authors, visit emirateslitfest.com/authors

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