The Emirates LitFest 2013 official video
The Main Programme lies at the heart of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – a rich and diverse array of panel discussions, in-depth interviews, poetry readings, debates, workshops & masterclasses featuring authors from all over the world. It’s a chance to meet your favourite authors – or to discover someone new.
In October 2013 we began announcing the names of the authors attending in 2014. More details are being added to the site all the time so keep coming back for more news. You can also visit our revamped blog to see what our authors past and present have to say about writing, festivals and whatever else crosses their minds.
We have also begun to share details of the 2014 programme, although most of it will remain under wraps until December 2013.
The 2014 Festival’s overarching theme will be Metamorphosis, one of the great themes of storytelling from the earliest days of the written word through to the present. Many of the events we have planned will be informed by this theme.
We can also confirm that several favourite events from previous years will return, including Desert Stanzas, the Murder Mystery Dinner, the George Orwell Lecture (with a high-profile speaker to be announced), the Watani Debate, and the Quick Pitch with Luigi Bonomi.
New events for 2014 include Friday Rhythms, an evening of music and poetry featuring LiTTLe MACHiNe; Female Focus, a morning devoted to celebrating women’s achievements and exploring the challenges of modern society (men are definitely welcome); and Literary Idol, a cross between Pop Idol and Dragon’s Den, in which a panel of experts critique writers’ unpublished work, which will be read aloud by an actor.
As ever with large events like this, there will be changes and late additions, so check back often. You can also subscribe to our email newsletter, subscribe to our blog or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. If you like what you see you can even become a Festival Friend and get discounts on tickets along with other benefits.