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The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, connecting readers with authors and books.The Festival places home grown talent centre-stage and offers local book lovers the chance to interact with world famous authors, attend literary debates and workshops and participate in competitions. The Festival’s education programme gives thousands of students the chance to meet their literary heroes.On this podcast you will find full session recordings from the Festival and festival author interviews with Emirates ICE. The Festival is organised by the Emirates Literature Foundation, a non-profit NGO established to spread the love of literature.

Latest Episodes

Inside Out special

As firm believers in the redemption and enlightenment that can be found in a book, the Emirates Literature Foundation has been working for more than two years withDubai Penal and Correctional Institutions and Dubai Police to organise visits from Dubai-based and international authors to help inmates engage with books and the writing process. After visiting the prison as part of this programme, two authors, Clare Mackintosh and Annabel Kantaria, saw an opportunity to develop this initiative into something more. They wanted to help the prisoners find their voices and tell their stories, and so the writer in residence project was born. The authors spent a week visiting the inmates to help them find their voices. The result was published in a book called Tomorrow, I Will Fly, a collection of essays and personal reflections, written entirely by the men and women in Dubai Central Jail. This book was launched at the 2020 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and simultaneously at the Dubai Central Jail.

13 minJUL 28
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Inside Out special

Ian Rankin talks about Rebus and In a House of Lies at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

Detective John Rebus may have retired, but bestselling crime author, Ian Rankin, certainly has not! The latest instalment continues the story of Rebus’s post-retirement meddling in the changing landscape of Scottish policing, as his protégé Siobhan Clarke investigates how the body of a long-missing private investigator was found on land that had been searched years ago. Every officer involved must be questioned. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead – and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

37 minMAY 2
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Ian Rankin talks about Rebus and In a House of Lies at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

Unconventional Journeys: Leon McCarron and Malachy Tallack speak at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

What makes going from A to B an adventure, not a destination? A map can show you the layout of a place, but its emotional geography is something that takes a bit more time and skill to uncover. Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker, who believes in the importance of a slower pace to truly understand the world and its people, whether walking 3000 miles across China or trekking 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter. Malachy Tallack is a writer, editor and singer-songwriter from Scotland whose non-fiction books Sixty Degrees North and The Un-Discovered Islands both fuse nature writing, history and memoir. The discuss their adventures at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2019.

55 minMAY 2
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Unconventional Journeys: Leon McCarron and Malachy Tallack speak at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

Katherine Ormerod explains Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

For any woman who has ever looked at her Instagram feed and thought, 'Who are these women, and how the hell do they do it?' The internet has set destructive standards of flawlessness and comparison. Katherine Ormerod, journalist and social media mogul, explodes our social-media-addled ideas about body image, money, relationships, motherhood, careers, politics and more and gives us the tools we need to control our own online lives, rather than being controlled by them. This session was recorded at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2019.

41 minMAY 2
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Katherine Ormerod explains Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Clare Mackintosh speaks at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

A former British police officer, Clare Mackintosh is now a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her debut novel I Let You Go was a Richard & Judy book club pick and won Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2016. In 2017, it was announced that she had sold over one million copies worldwide. Her second novel I See You reached number 1 in the Sunday Times original fiction list and was shortlisted for Crime and Thriller Book of the Year in the British Book Awards. Her latest novel Let Me Lie also became a number one Sunday Times bestseller and garnered a lot of praise from readers and other thriller writers.

15 minMAY 2
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Clare Mackintosh speaks at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Keith Stuart interviewed at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Keith Stuart is an author and journalist. His debut novel, A Boy Made of Blocks, was a Richard and Judy Book club pick and a bestseller, inspired by Keith’s real-life relationship with his autistic son. His second novel, Days of Wonder, is a story about story about family, love and finding magic in everyday life. He has written for publications including Empire and Esquire magazine and was the former games editor of the Guardian. Here he speaks to Emirates ICE about his novels at the Emirates LitFest in 2019.

13 minMAY 2
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Keith Stuart interviewed at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Leon McCarron talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish storyteller and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Leon walked 3,000 miles across China which took him six months while filming for a National Geographic TV show. He also cycled 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong and trekked 1,000 miles through the Empty Quarter desert in Oman which became a feature length film, Into the Empty Quarter, and was premiered at the Royal Geographical Society in London. His first book, The Road Headed West, is an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller. His latest book is The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East. He speaks to Emirates ICE ahead of his appearance at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2019.

12 minMAY 2
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Leon McCarron talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Sue Nelson talks about Wally Funk's Race to Space at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Sue Nelson is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster, formerly a BBC TV science correspondent and Radio 4 presenter. Sue was a presenter of The Material World on BBC Radio 4 and has presented a number of science series on Radio 4 including Britain’s Modern Brunels and Citizen Scientist in 2006. She was also the co-author of How To Clone the Perfect Blonde alongside Richard Hollingham. Her award-winning 2016 documentary Women with the Right Stuff was one of BBC World Service’s most-listened-to podcasts. She came to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2019 to talk about her latest book, Wally Funk's Race to Space

12 minMAY 2
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Sue Nelson talks about Wally Funk's Race to Space at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Lewis Dartnell talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Lewis Dartnell is an author, presenter and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He’s well known for his work, The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch. Lewis has written science articles for popular magazines like New Scientist and written books such as Life in the Universe and has contributed an essay on extra-terrestrial life edited by Jim Al-Khalili to critical acclaim. His new book, Origins: How the Earth Made Us, looks at the human story from the perspective of the planetary forces that shaped our biology and history. Lewis speaks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates LitFest in 2019.

10 minMAY 2
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Lewis Dartnell talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

William Dalrymple at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2018)

Historian and travel writer, best known for his critically acclaimed 'White Mughals' and 'Return of a King' at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2018.

19 minMAY 1
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William Dalrymple at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2018)

Latest Episodes

Inside Out special

As firm believers in the redemption and enlightenment that can be found in a book, the Emirates Literature Foundation has been working for more than two years withDubai Penal and Correctional Institutions and Dubai Police to organise visits from Dubai-based and international authors to help inmates engage with books and the writing process. After visiting the prison as part of this programme, two authors, Clare Mackintosh and Annabel Kantaria, saw an opportunity to develop this initiative into something more. They wanted to help the prisoners find their voices and tell their stories, and so the writer in residence project was born. The authors spent a week visiting the inmates to help them find their voices. The result was published in a book called Tomorrow, I Will Fly, a collection of essays and personal reflections, written entirely by the men and women in Dubai Central Jail. This book was launched at the 2020 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and simultaneously at the Dubai Central Jail.

13 minJUL 28
Comments
Inside Out special

Ian Rankin talks about Rebus and In a House of Lies at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

Detective John Rebus may have retired, but bestselling crime author, Ian Rankin, certainly has not! The latest instalment continues the story of Rebus’s post-retirement meddling in the changing landscape of Scottish policing, as his protégé Siobhan Clarke investigates how the body of a long-missing private investigator was found on land that had been searched years ago. Every officer involved must be questioned. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead – and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

37 minMAY 2
Comments
Ian Rankin talks about Rebus and In a House of Lies at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

Unconventional Journeys: Leon McCarron and Malachy Tallack speak at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

What makes going from A to B an adventure, not a destination? A map can show you the layout of a place, but its emotional geography is something that takes a bit more time and skill to uncover. Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker, who believes in the importance of a slower pace to truly understand the world and its people, whether walking 3000 miles across China or trekking 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter. Malachy Tallack is a writer, editor and singer-songwriter from Scotland whose non-fiction books Sixty Degrees North and The Un-Discovered Islands both fuse nature writing, history and memoir. The discuss their adventures at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2019.

55 minMAY 2
Comments
Unconventional Journeys: Leon McCarron and Malachy Tallack speak at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2019)

Katherine Ormerod explains Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

For any woman who has ever looked at her Instagram feed and thought, 'Who are these women, and how the hell do they do it?' The internet has set destructive standards of flawlessness and comparison. Katherine Ormerod, journalist and social media mogul, explodes our social-media-addled ideas about body image, money, relationships, motherhood, careers, politics and more and gives us the tools we need to control our own online lives, rather than being controlled by them. This session was recorded at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2019.

41 minMAY 2
Comments
Katherine Ormerod explains Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Clare Mackintosh speaks at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

A former British police officer, Clare Mackintosh is now a Sunday Times bestselling author. Her debut novel I Let You Go was a Richard & Judy book club pick and won Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award in 2016. In 2017, it was announced that she had sold over one million copies worldwide. Her second novel I See You reached number 1 in the Sunday Times original fiction list and was shortlisted for Crime and Thriller Book of the Year in the British Book Awards. Her latest novel Let Me Lie also became a number one Sunday Times bestseller and garnered a lot of praise from readers and other thriller writers.

15 minMAY 2
Comments
Clare Mackintosh speaks at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Keith Stuart interviewed at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Keith Stuart is an author and journalist. His debut novel, A Boy Made of Blocks, was a Richard and Judy Book club pick and a bestseller, inspired by Keith’s real-life relationship with his autistic son. His second novel, Days of Wonder, is a story about story about family, love and finding magic in everyday life. He has written for publications including Empire and Esquire magazine and was the former games editor of the Guardian. Here he speaks to Emirates ICE about his novels at the Emirates LitFest in 2019.

13 minMAY 2
Comments
Keith Stuart interviewed at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Leon McCarron talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish storyteller and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Leon walked 3,000 miles across China which took him six months while filming for a National Geographic TV show. He also cycled 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong and trekked 1,000 miles through the Empty Quarter desert in Oman which became a feature length film, Into the Empty Quarter, and was premiered at the Royal Geographical Society in London. His first book, The Road Headed West, is an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller. His latest book is The Land Beyond: A Thousand Miles on Foot Through the Heart of the Middle East. He speaks to Emirates ICE ahead of his appearance at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2019.

12 minMAY 2
Comments
Leon McCarron talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Sue Nelson talks about Wally Funk's Race to Space at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Sue Nelson is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster, formerly a BBC TV science correspondent and Radio 4 presenter. Sue was a presenter of The Material World on BBC Radio 4 and has presented a number of science series on Radio 4 including Britain’s Modern Brunels and Citizen Scientist in 2006. She was also the co-author of How To Clone the Perfect Blonde alongside Richard Hollingham. Her award-winning 2016 documentary Women with the Right Stuff was one of BBC World Service’s most-listened-to podcasts. She came to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2019 to talk about her latest book, Wally Funk's Race to Space

12 minMAY 2
Comments
Sue Nelson talks about Wally Funk's Race to Space at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Lewis Dartnell talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Lewis Dartnell is an author, presenter and Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He’s well known for his work, The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch. Lewis has written science articles for popular magazines like New Scientist and written books such as Life in the Universe and has contributed an essay on extra-terrestrial life edited by Jim Al-Khalili to critical acclaim. His new book, Origins: How the Earth Made Us, looks at the human story from the perspective of the planetary forces that shaped our biology and history. Lewis speaks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates LitFest in 2019.

10 minMAY 2
Comments
Lewis Dartnell talks to Emirates ICE ahead of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

William Dalrymple at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2018)

Historian and travel writer, best known for his critically acclaimed 'White Mughals' and 'Return of a King' at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2018.

19 minMAY 1
Comments
William Dalrymple at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2018)
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