|The Celebration of Words has begun! Today is the first day of the 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, and the next five days promise to be packed with enlightening, entertaining and engrossing talks from 130 international authors, performers and speakers. Read on for some of the highlights of the packed programme...
Opening Night – Tonight!
Tonight’s Opening Night extravaganza at the Al Mamzar Theatre features Terry Wogan in conversation with Bernard Creed, followed by international poets Imtiaz Dharker, John Agard, Yang Lian and Daljit Nagra in a performance session curated by festival stalwart Paul Blezard. There will also be food available from La Vita restaurant. Buy tickets here.
Food for Thought
Get a taste of international cuisine at the 2012 Emirates LitFest with our food events. Top chefs Bobby Chinn, Suzanne Husseini and Giorgio Locatelli will be discussing the differences and similarities between Asian, Arabic and Sicilian cuisines in the Foodie Panel – and that’s just for starters. Read more
Ibrahim Al Koni: the iconic Libyan writer returns to the LitFest
Ibrahim Al Koni, acclaimed Libyan Tuareg author of more than 80 books and winner of the Sheikh Zayed Award and the Arabic Novel Award, took part in the first Emirates LitFest back in 2009 and was among our best-received speakers. Now here's another chance to meet this literary giant.
Chetan Bhagat: change your life
Chetan Bhagat, author of Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Centre, was hailed by Time magazine as one of the hundred most influential people in the world. A former investment banker, he will be talking about the change of perspective provided by his writing career, and about his latest novel Revolution 2020. Buy Tickets.
Brian Moore in conversation
England and Britain rugby star, lawyer and award-winning author and journalist Brian Moore is in town to talk about his autobiography, Beware of the Dog, and his life and experiences. Buy Tickets.