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Best of the Emirates LitFest
56 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Amin Maalouf at Emirates LitFest 2021
Among today’s upheavals in the Middle East, a global pandemic and economic recessions, the timely release of Adrift by world-renowned scholar and bestselling author Amin Maalouf is his attempt at making sense of our world as it is today.Expertly weaving in his life story while mapping turning points in the Middle East’s geopolitics, Maalouf addresses global threats to humankind with division at the heart of its adversity.Join Maalouf as he seeks to raise awareness and pursue a new human solidarity by facing the history that has led to worldwide political instability and social inequality.This session was recorded in front of a live audience at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2021. Moderated by Sally Mousa.
63 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Elif Shafak at Emirates LitFest 2021
Elif Shafak’s remarkable career has seen her use the power of story to bring people together. Perhaps most famous for her fiction, which includes bestsellers The Forty Rules of Love and 10 minutes 38 seconds in This Strange World, she is also the author of reflective and insightful non-fiction.Intellectual and entertaining, universal and personal, Elif’s stories have the rare quality of appealing to every reader. With eighteen books published and translated into fifty-four languages, she is the most widely read female author in Turkey and acclaimed across the globe. Watch now the exploration of Elif’s writing, the challenges of conscious optimism, and the importance of bridging the gap between the East and West.Session moderated by Ahlam Bolooki, Festival Director of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
60 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Malala Yousafzai at Emirates LitFest 2021
Youngest Nobel laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has never stopped advocating for girls’ right to education, despite the attempt on her life by the Taliban in 2012 in her home, Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Join the conversation with Malala, now a fresh graduate from Oxford in politics, philosophy, and economics, as she delves into her life and her never-ending endeavor for the eradication of systematic exclusion of children and girls from education. Malala is an example that all it takes is courage to muster a voice — a revolutionary voice.This session was recorded in front of a live audience at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2021. Moderated by Alia Al Mansoori
14 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Inside Out special
As firm believers in the redemption and enlightenment that can be found in a book, the Emirates Literature Foundation has been working for more than two years with Dubai Penal and Correctional Institutions and Dubai Police to organise visits from Dubai-based and international authors to help inmates engage with books and the writing process.After visiting the prison as part of this programme, two authors, Clare Mackintosh and Annabel Kantaria, saw an opportunity to develop this initiative into something more. They wanted to help the prisoners find their voices and tell their stories, and so the writer in residence project was born. The authors spent a week visiting the inmates to help them find their voices. The result was published in a book called Tomorrow, I Will Fly, a collection of essays and personal reflections, written entirely by the men and women in Dubai Central Jail. This book was launched at the 2020 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and simultaneously at the Dubai Central Jail.
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