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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 50 Poetry Mix: Memories

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5.30pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Poetry Mix brings together an international cast of poetry stars for an introduction to their work. Expect a wide variety of styles from this talented lineup.

Afra Atiq is an Emirati spoken-word poet. She is a member of the Untitled Chapters group and has a large YouTube following.

Harry Baker is the youngest ever World Poetry Slam champion; his poems combine maths and science with tongue-twisting wordplay and unexpected emotional power.

Chris Hardy is a prize winning poet who often performs as part of the band LiTTLe MACHiNe; in this session he will read from his new collection Sunshine at the End of the World.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize in Poetry as well as the Antivenom Prize for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist.

Lemn Sissay is one of Britain’s best known poets, famous for jaw-dropping performances. Gold from the Stone is a collection of new and favourite poems.

Sjón is an Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist whose poems have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won the Nordic Council’s Literary Prize and been nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize.

Language: English

Poetry Mix: Memories

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Event 143 Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle

Friday 2 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

The language in Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights ‘sings from the page’ according to fellow author David Almond, one of the judges who awarded the book the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

What makes language sing? Wheatle is joined by his friend Lemn Sissay, the acclaimed poet whose words sing whether on page, spoken out loud or painted on buildings as one of his famous landmark poems. Together they discuss the power of words to inspire and provoke.

Lemn Sissay’s poetry is famous for delivering truth with a surprising turn of phrase, and his performances of his work leave audiences awestruck.

Alex Wheatle is the author of the Crongton trilogy, set in a fictional estate that’s brought to life by its own characteristic vernacular.

This panel will be moderated by Julia Wheeler.

Language: English

Singing from the Page: Lemn Sissay & Alex Wheatle

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