Darcey Bussell: The former ballerina speaks about her life in the Royal Ballet, and now as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, on March 7 at 5pm. She also hosts a session perfect for little dancers, speaking about her children’s book series.
Tim Rice: The lyricist behind enduring musical classics Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Disney films The Lion King and Aladdin will speak at Oh What a Circus!, March 7, 11.30-12.30am.
Richard Madley and Judy Finnigan: British TV’s most famous couple have swapped morning television to become novelists. They’ll discuss their careers on March 8 at 10am.
Joanne Harris: The author of Chocolat and the recently released The Gospel of Loki. She’ll discuss creating new worlds on March 8 at 9.30am.
If you love your food don’t miss:
Camellia Punjabi: The Indian cookery writer and restaurateur has a cooking demonstration, Festival Spice!, on March 7, 3-4pm.
Tessa Kiros: The Finnish-Cypriot who is married to an Italian shares her multicultural recipes in a cookery demonstration on March 7, 12.30-1.30pm.
The Foodie Panel, with Arlette Boutros, Tessa Kiros, Prue Leith and Greg Malouf, March 8, 11.30am-12.30pm.
Greg and Lucy Malouf: The Lebanese cooking authors of New Middle Eastern Food will chat about travel, food and Dubai’s restaurant culture — Greg will be opening his first UAE restaurant at DIFC later this year. March 7, 6.30pm.
Don’t miss it
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature takes place at InterContinental Dubai Festival City, from March 4-8. Tickets are available at Tickets.emirateslitfest.com