|It’s almost here! The 2012 Emirates LitFest begins next week, with a packed programme of author talks, panel discussions and workshops. There’s way too much to feature here (you will have to spend some time exploring our programme to find everything) but take a look at the articles below for some examples of the wide range of exciting events.
Heritage Night: Wednesday 7 March
The night of Wednesday 7 March, which we have dubbed ‘Heritage Night’, will see the opening of our brand-new heritage venue, Al Arish, and talks by acclaimed authors David Nicholls and Mourid Barghouti. A chance to meet two very different writers in a unique setting. Find out more here.
Media Conflict: Four top journalists discuss the state of the media
Jeremy Bowen, Steve Coll, Rosie Garthwaite and Riz Khan examine what has happened to the media in our panel on Saturday 10 March. Click through for more about this session and the rest of our media strand. Read more
The Art Panel: What Makes an Icon?
Oxford professor Martin Kemp, poet and curator Ranjit Hoskote and independent curator Nazneen Shafi discuss whether icons are what makes icons so instantly recognisable. More about this discussion and the rest of our art strand here.
Nawal El Saadawi: ‘A whirlwind of action and creativity’
The renowned feminist writer will be speaking at the 2012 LitFest about her eventful, multi-faceted life. Click through for more about her talk and other writing, fiction and non-fiction, on Arabic culture and identity. Read more.