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Emirates Airline Literature Festival -March 2019

Ahlam Bolooki

Director, Emirates Airline Literature Festival

Do you think the fact that many sessions are ticketed is preventing the larger community from attending the fest?

If you go to a cinema you will pay, right? So how different is it for a literary event. We believe that literature should have its rights as well. Authors spend two maybe three years locked up in a room summarizing the learning of their lives in one book. You read that in maybe a week. I think (a book) is so much more valuable than watching a movie or attending a concert. You are getting a lot more. So I think people need to change their perception that literature should be free or education should be free but they don’t think twice about paying to watch a sport, movie or entertainment.

Gulf News- Friday -15 Feb.2019