UAE- Poetry at night under the stars and much more
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016 may not have begun with the biggest of bangs during its opening few days but next week's line up is sure to have the region's literary enthusiasts abuzz with excitement. With 2016's theme titled 'Time' March 1 to 3 saw the launch of the 'Spotlight on the Emirates' which focused on the UAE's rich history celebrated through poetry story-telling and developmental workshops. From March 5 participants will be able to celebrate 400 years of one of the literary world's most famous names William Shakespeare in Steven Berkoff's critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Villains. Visitors can also enrich their minds at the inaugural Literary Cruise with philosopher AC Grayling or indulge in a night of poetry under the stars from John Agard Nujoom Al Ghanem and Grace Nichols to name but a few on March 10 at the Desert Stanzas experience. And for those privy to some of TV and films' most famous faces UAE residents can meet the stars including actors Meera Syal and Robert Lindsay. A total of 160 authors from 35 countries will be holding more than 300 sessions and workshops at this year's festival which will conclude on March 12.