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Tickets On Sale for the 10th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

There’ll be more than 200 literary sessions taking place throughout the event… Check-out the line-up of authors this year

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31 January 2018

Last updated on 31 January 2018
10th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai

Pictured above: Jacqueline Wilson

Book lovers, rejoice! The complete programme of the 2018 edition of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is now on sale – and it’s the perfect event for all literary bugs in Dubai and the UAE.

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, this year’s EAFOL will see over 200+ events happening from the 1st to the 10th March.

Tickets for this year’s Emirates Literature Festival are available online via the festival’s website, or at select Magrudy’s stores in the UAE.

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Of course, never one to fail the literary lovers in Dubai and the UAE, this year’s LitFest has some of the world’s most beloved authors heading to the emirate.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is one of them, and as the creator of unforgettable characters from Tracey Beaky to Opal Plumstead, she’s one of the UK’s most prolific and most-borrowed authors… Having sold 25 million books in the UK alone. At this year’s LitFest, she’ll be talking about her latest book, ‘Wave Me Goodbye’.

Check out who else is coming to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature this year that we’re excited to see, and to see the full list visit

David Walliams

Comedian, actor and author David Walliams will be returning to Dubai, and is the mind behind internationally bestselling children’s books, including ‘The Midnight Gang’ and ‘Gangsta Granny’.

David Walliams at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2018

Pictured above: David Walliams

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz will be appearing with his new Alex Ride novel, ‘Never say Die’ – which is currently being adapted for television.

Saroo Brierley

For anyone who has seen the film ‘Lion’ starring Dev Patel before, you should already know Saroo Brierley’s story. His autobiography ‘A Long Way Home’ inspired the Oscar-nominated film, and at this year’s 10th edition of EAFOL he’ll be talking about the new book he’s working on.

Saroo Brierley at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2018

Pictured above: Saroo Brierley

Rhianna Pratchett

While she might be the daughter of the legendary science-fiction author, Terry Pratchett, Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning writer in her own right; for games, films, comics and television. At this year’s EAFOL, she’ll be talking about the immensely popular reimagining of the video game, Tomb Raider.

Alexander McCall Smith

Having penned more than 100 books, he’s one of the world’s most prolific authors and his work includes the internationally best-selling, ‘No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ series, as well as ’44 Scotland Street’.

Alexander McCall Smith at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2018

Pictured above: Alexander McCall Smith

Carol Ann Duffy

She’s one of Britain’s most admired poets and is the current UK Poet Laureate, and is best known for the critically-acclaimed, ‘The World’s Wife’.

Rachel Hamilton

One of our favourites every year is this Dubai-based author, who’s work includes the award-winning children’s books ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’, ‘The Case of the Exploding Brains’ and the ‘Unicorn in New York’ series.

Tony Ross

He’s the award-winning illustrator of over 800 books, including the immensely successful ‘Horrid Henry’ and ‘Little Princess’ series – he’s also the illustrator for David Walliams work.

Jane Hawking

This British author is the writer of the autobiography, ‘Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen:, which chronicles her life with the renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, which has since been adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film titled ‘The Theory of Everything’, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Jane Hawking at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2018

Pictured above: Jane Hawking

Andrew Morton

A world-renowned biographer, whose subjects have included Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Madonna. He was also behind the sensational account of Princess Diana’s life, ‘Diana: Her True Story’. He’ll be discussing his latest work, ’17 Carnations’, in which he examines the cover-up of Edward VIII’s Nazi connections.

Judy Finnigan

She’s one half of Richard & Judy, and is the co-founder of Richard & Judy’s Book Club. She’s also the author of ‘Eloise’ and ‘I Do Not Sleep’.

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The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. The 2021 festival will be held across three weekends at three fantastic venues: January 29 - 30 at the Jameel Arts Centre, February 4 - 6 at InterContinental Dubai, and from February 29 - 30 at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz.