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 […]


25 to hear: magpie’s picks from LitFest

This year the Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature provides an unmissable chance to see and hear from more than 175 writers across a variety of genres and a variety of subjects. Many (but not all) have a book to promote; […]


50 To Follow

Here it is: the 2019 edition of magpie’s 50 To Follow. Like most retrospective lists, it’s intended as a conversation piece. We fully expect you to disagree with our inclusions, and with the (admittedly pretty arbitrary) ranking that we’ve given […]

Art Fair

FOCAL POINT: a new annual art book fair for Sharjah

Art books generally fall into two categories – books about art and/or artists, in which case the writing is the important characteristic: and books that are intended to be looked at, where its design and the overall quality of the […]


Join Art Jameel in researching confluence

Art Jameel is previewing its forthcoming Dubai arts library – a major component of the arts centre it is building on the Creek, due to open 11 November – with a summer pop-up Research Studio at its Project Space Art […]


New faces at the top of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

The Emirates Literature Foundation has announced two new senior appointments to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature team: Ahlam Bolooki will become the Festival Director while Jennifer Malton will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer. The immediate effect […]