Alexander McCall Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to headline Emirates Airline Festival

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will return in March with more than 120 authors and a range of talks, panel discussions and masterclasses, all revolving around the theme of Wonderland.

Speaking during the launch ceremony last night at the festival venue, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, the event’s director Isobel Abulhoul said: “As an avid reader, what I believe to be Wonderland is when I am opening a book.

“I feel transported and I could be taken forward in time, into space or to countries I have never seen. I love the feeling that ­writers gives the reader, which is to create a special Wonderland just for them.”

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