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Event 144 For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

Tuesday 6 March, 8pm-10pm   Dubai Opera, Dubai Opera

Prepare to be awed by the spoken word as the finest contemporary poets from the UAE and UK unite on stage at Dubai Opera in this celebration of the power of poetry to bring people together across cultures.

Presented by The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai Opera, the Ministry of Tolerance, and The British Council, with the support of the UK GREAT campaign, ‘For the Love of Words’ aims to explore the possibilities presented by cultural exchange between the two countries.

The event, which will form part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration closing celebrations, will include the following all-star line-up:

John Agard, Khalid AlBudoor, Nujoom Nasser Alghanem, Simon Armitage, Afra Atiq, Harry Baker, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, Grace Nichols, Lemn Sissay, Hussain Lootah

Tickets for this session are sold through Dubai Opera’s website, starting at AED75. Click here to buy tickets.

For group bookings of 11 or more tickets, please contact the Dubai Opera box office by emailing

Language: English, Arabic

For the Love of Words at Dubai Opera

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Event 41 Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Have a slice of Poetry Pie with Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe!

Roger McGough’s poems for children are full of witty wordplay and clever rhymes, and when he teams up with stars of musical poetry LiTTLe MACHiNe the poems come to life! From food and animals to school and ghouls, these rib-tickler rhymes will leave you thinking long after … and humming too!

A morning of fun and laughter to be savoured.

Taaleem Prize winners will be given free tickets to this session.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Age Group: 6+

Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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Event 16 Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Friday 2 March, 6pm-7.30pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Poetry as you have never heard it before!

Roger McGough, the ‘Patron Saint of Poetry’ whose dry wit has inspired generations of poetry lovers, joins forces with LiTTLe MACHiNe, the inventive trio of poets and folk-rock musicians Walter Wray, Steve Halliwell and Chris Hardy, whose shows at festivals around the world have been described as ‘must-see’ events. Their selection of classic and modern poems set to music is guaranteed to surprise and entertain!

This session is held in loving memory of Sir Maurice Flanagan, the businessman, poet, and patron of the arts without whom the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature would never have happened.

Language: English

Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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Event 40 Taaleem Poetry Award Prize Giving

Saturday 3 March, 11.30am-12pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

The Taaleem Poetry Award celebrates young poets. This year’s prize will be presented by award-winning Emirati poet Maryam Mahyoh and beloved author and performer of poetry for adults and children, Roger McGough.

This session is followed by Poetry Pie – a fantastic live performance from Roger McGough and musical poetry maestros LiTTLe MACHiNe!

Language: Arabic & English with translation

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