LitFest spreads out

The dates for the 2021 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature have been announced, along with a first tranche of authors. The 13th LitFest will be spread over three locations and three weekends, starting 29 January and ending on 13 February, with some activities […]


Festival friends: literary festivals band together

These are tough times for the international creative community. The UAE seems to be weathering the pandemic better than most, thanks to a combination of local circumstance, sensible precautions and swift action by the authorities. Elsewhere the picture is less […]


Finding 50 to Follow

The magpie team is once again putting together its annual list of the 50 most exciting, innovative and stimulating people in the UAE who are making a difference to the cultural and creative life of the Emirates. And we want […]


Hay in Abu Dhabi: litfest vs LitFest?

UPDATED 29 Sep 19 The Hay Festival organisers have announced that an edition of the eponymous literature festival will be coming to Abu Dhabi next February. Peter Florence, founder, director, and main man in the Hay Festival multiverse, declared that […]


The practical side of LitFest

The Publishing Programme is one of the elements of the ongoing Emirates Airline Festival of Literature that doesn’t get enough attention: it’s also one of the features of LitFest that looks ripe for development. That’s because it provides the principal […]


LitFest present and future: what Ahlam Bolooki thinks

Earlier this year the Emirates Literature Foundation announced two new senior appointments to the LitFest team: Jennifer Malton took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, and Ahlam Bolooki became the Festival Director in succession to Isobel Abulhoul – who […]


Four poets do Dubai …

What makes a poet? We asked four of the poets reading at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s Desert Stanzas evening about the value of poetry, their motivations and their inspirations … Frank Dullaghan An Irish writer living and working […]