Children, poetry and a pair of freakishly realistic horse ­puppets were all part of the fun at the opening night of the Emirates Airline Festival of ­Literature.

Many of the guest authors who will appear during the festival were at March 3’s event held in the theatre of The Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai’s Al Mamzar, which also included a special address by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the UAE’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Community ­Development.

Literature-enthusiasts will soon have reason to be excited! Tickets for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2015 go on sale on January 15, organisers have announced. Tickets will be available on the Festival website http://www.emirateslitfest.com and at select WHSmith stores. The 2015 programme will be available online from January 8 and distributed around the Emirates.