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