Preview: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Whether you’re a literary buff or a foodie fanatic, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

by Lily Lawes

Here’s a roundup of the events that are sure to get your Kindles in a spin:


For literary buffs: Desert Stanzas: Poetry Under the Stars – A Desert Dinner Desert Camp
This event promises to be a pretty special night with some internationally renowned poets, including Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Ben Okri, treating festival- goers to a linguistic feast of words and rhythm in a magical setting.
(Tour departs from InterContinental DFC), Wednesday 6 March, 18:00-22:00, Dhs.295

For foodies: Exploring China – A Culinary Adventure
The first TV chef to bring Chinese cookery to UK kitchens, Ken Hom discusses his culinary adventures as a chef and writer and the Arabic publication of his classic Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery.
Special Venue, Saturday 9 March, 11:00-12:30, Dhs.60

For children: An Imaginary Menagerie: A Family Show
Roger McGough brings his inimitable style to the emirate. Performing poetry from his wonderful anthologies An Imaginary Menagerie and Lucky with some drawings thrown in, this event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.
Al Bahara 2, Friday 8, 10:00-11:00, Dhs.40

For a confidence boost: Success, Cycling & Managing Your Chimp
Having worked with elite athletes such as Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins, Steve Peters presents his book The Chimp Paradox: A Mind Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness. He reveals how to enhance performance in business, sport and life by preventing your emotional side – your chimp – from sabotaging your success.
Al Ras 1, Friday 8, 11.30-12.30, Dhs.60

For budding illustrators: Masterclass with Korky Paul – Putting you in the Picture
Korky Paul, famous for his wacky illustrations of the enormously popular Winnie the Witch series, guides his audience through the process of illustrating a children’s book and interpreting a manuscript.
Al Majlis, Friday 8, 10:00-11:00, Dhs.200


For more information and schedule details, visit The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature events page.

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