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The 2023 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will feature an exciting line-up of sessions curated by Festival authors and BAFTA-nominated, international prize-winning writer and poet, Lemn Sissay.

Hear from LEMN

I have visited the Emirates LitFest several times and always been impressed by the sheer joy and energy that the Festival generates, particularly around poetry. I remember so well the first time I performed at Desert Stanzas, it was spine-tingling being amongst the dunes, under the stars, with the electrifying vibes of the audience surrounding me. An emotional experience for me. So when I was asked if I would like to curate a number of sessions for 2023, I didn’t hesitate. I knew I wanted sessions that focused on poetry. I also wanted conversations where authors interview each other and discover each other’s work – a natural extension of the Festival’s Green Room, where many friendships have been forged over the years. But in particular, I wanted to highlight authors who have written about children growing up in care (fostered and adopted children), the cause which is closest to my heart. I hope you enjoy my choices.

 

CURATED SESSIONS

FEEL THE MAGIC OF THE DESERT

Head out among the dunes for an unforgettable night of poetry, music, and performance
at the LitFest’s signature event

SESSIONS STARRING LEMN

WATCH LEMN AT the festival

An ‘old friend’ of the Festival, Lemn has made 4 appearances at the Emirates LitFest over the last 15 years