Talking of Books is a weekly review show which showcases some of Dubai’s most intrepid readers. Every week co-hosts Isobel Abulhoul and John MacDonald are joined by an ever-changing cast of guest reviewers drawn from the UAE’s reading community to discuss the Book of the Week. Young reviewers are invited to share their thoughts on children’s literature and a Book Champion introduces Dubai to a book they think is particularly significant and should be more widely read.
You can hear some of the previous interviews on our radio archive.
If you are interested in participating in Talking of Books, please email us here.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Business, Psychology and Politics Special
We have an Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Business, Psychology and Politics special on Talking of Books this week. Isobel Abulhoul (host) and Penny Mackenzie (co-host) are joined by reviewers Prachiti Talathi, Gamze Geray, Hend Saeed and Meredith Chipperton to discuss Ram Buxani’s ‘Taking the High Road’, ‘Nujeen’ by Christina Lamb, Sir Anthony Sheldon’s ‘Beyond Happiness’, Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ and ‘The Psychopath Test’, Dr Hamad Al Hammady’s ‘Any More?’, ‘Fly With Me’ by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Ali Al Nuaimi, Izzeldin Abulaish’s ‘I Shall Not Hate’, HE Omar Saif Ghobash’s ‘Letters to a Young Muslim’, Jo Malone’s ‘My Story’, ‘Crisis’ by Frank Gardiner, Carmine Gallo’s ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ and Bryony Gordon’s ‘Mad Girl’.
Coming up on Talking of Books:
March 4 – Live broadcast from Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
March 11 – Live broadcast from Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
You can listen to podcasts of Dubai Eye’s The Word here.
Best of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016
Now you can listen to your favourite Festival 2016 sessions on Dubai Eye. Tune in every Thursday from July 14-September 15 or every Friday for repeats. For the complete airing schedule, click here.
The Festival team join Dubai Eye’s The Ticket on Mondays from 1pm-4pm to discuss all things literary. Podcasts can be heard online.
Conversations from the LitFest
Dubai Eye played excerpts from the seventh Festival throughout the summer of 2015 in Conversations from the LitFest. The show was broadcast every Friday, from 10am-12pm. The full list of author sessions that were broadcast is available online