Stellar Cast of Literary Stars Rounds Off Author Previews for LitFest 2016

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Dubai, 16 September, 2015: The countdown to the launch of the 2016 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature continues with organisers disclosing another 12 authors’ names for next year’s literary extravaganza, to be held from 1-12 March, 2016. Back by popular demand is acclaimed historian Anthony Beevor, who will be joined by newcomers Lulwah Al Mansouri and Jonathan Meres. The authors are the final set to be named before the complete line-up is announced at the official launch in October.

Antony Beevor

‘The anticipation for our 2016 Festival has been growing throughout the summer with each release, giving a flavour of what is in store for next March,’ said Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. ‘2016 will be a vintage year featuring some of the most beloved and well known writers from the four corners of the globe. The full line-up will be announced during our official launch next month along with details on new events and exciting sessions.’

Festival organisers last month announced the decision to extend the Festival over two weeks in March. The aim is to continue to appeal to a wider demographic, with the majority of the first 48 released authors shared so far catering to varied audiences and diverse age groups.

The children’s programme will be a lively celebration this year with Bob the Builder creator Curtis Joblingand actor and author of the World of Norm series, Jonathan Meres, joining the guest list for the first time. Celebrated children’s illustrator and author of Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child, will be returning after a 5-year hiatus from the Festival with a brand new adventure titled The New Small Person.

Distinguished historian Antony Beevor will return to the Festival to regale audiences with stories of the past, while historical novelist Kate Lord Brown will be sharing her thoughts on her latest book, The House of Dreams.

Lulwah Al Mansouri is an Emirati novelist, poet and participant in the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Nadwa. She is the author of the award-winning fantasy novel, We Came from the Mountain’s Rib.

Palestinian-American author of Mornings in Jenin and the upcoming The Blue Between Sky and Water, Susan Abulhawa returns next year.

‘This is a year of firsts for our Festival,’ concluded Abulhoul. ‘For the first time we have released author names from June, and this is the first time we will be holding the Festival for more than five days. We always hoped we would grow, but we are stunned by how much the Festival has expanded in such a short time. It is, of course, mainly down to the wonderful authors and speakers who delight the diverse and intelligent audiences who turn up in their thousands. Our incredible sponsors and supporters make the annual festival a reality and help us spread the joy of reading further and further. But there is still more to come. Mark your calendars for October when we will announce the complete list of authors. You don’t want to miss it!’

The official launch of the Festival will be October 20, 2015. For the entire list of authors announced thus far, visit

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