Staff Writer

Feb 6th 2020

Whether you want to feel the wind on your face and the cold in your bones, or prefer to experience adventure vicariously from a comfortable armchair at home, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the place to find your thrills this February. Here are some of the many highlights.

Dispatches from the Wilderness

A panel of writers, who have lived in the wild under very different circumstances, discuss what their travels have taught them.

Ali Al Saloom Environmental Awareness Advisor and leading UAE media figure best-known for his Ask Ali TV show, column and books, with more than 1 million copies sold worldwide.
Gavin Thurston Winner of five Emmys and two BAFTAs, his work as a wildlife cameraman for the famous Blue Planet series amongst others, has taken him to every continent.
Kate Humble TV presenter and author, her most recent book is Thinking on My Feet, a record of her walks and runs across the globe throughout a single year.
Miriam Lancewood Author of Woman in the Wilderness about leaving her old life behind to live in a tent in the wilderness in New Zealand.
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Miriam Lancewood: Woman in the Wilderness
Woman in the Wilderness tells the story of Miriam Lancewood 10-year nomadic existence in New Zealand’s wild and stunning mountainous landscape.  She has learnt how to hunt and forage for food, but most of all she learnt what it means to feel truly alive. More information

Jeremy Hunter: North Korea Exposed
Investigative photo-journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Hunter explores North Korea, where propaganda pervades every facet of life.  He entered the country just before the death of Kim Jong-Il and gives an extraordinary account of daily life in one of the least-known states on Earth. More information

Kate Humble: Thinking on My Feet
BBC science and wildlife presenter and environmentalist Kate Humble is the perfect advocate for the simple act of walking. Thinking on My Feet explores a year-long journey on foot. It’s a heartfelt call for enhancing health and happiness, one step at a time. More information

Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has ventured to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on Earth and almost died countless times. Take a walk on the wild side with the world’s greatest living explorer and bestselling author. More information

Sir Chris Bonington & Sir Ranulph Fiennes in Conversation
Two of the world’s most celebrated explorers take to the stage to share their extraordinary experiences of adventure at the furthest points of the earth.  Sir Chris Bonington started climbing in 1951 at age 16, his many achievements include the first successful climb of Everest’s South West Face. Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been described as “the world’s greatest living explorer” and is the first person to travel overland to both Poles. More information

Chris Bonington: Ascent
Beginning a love affair with climbing at 16, there are not many mountains Sir Chris Bonington has not conquered.  Ascent tells the extraordinary story of his near-death adventures and personal struggles of climbing while raising a family. More information

Gavin Thurston: Journeys in the Wild: The Secret Life of a Cameraman
An incredible career as a wildlife cameraman has taken Gavin Thurston to all seven continents and to both North and South poles, winning five Emmys and two BAFTAs along the way. Thurston worked on seventeen of Sir David Attenborough’s series, in Journeys in the Wild he reveals the extraordinary adventures of tracking down and filming the world’s most captivating creatures. More information 

Book your ticket now and use the code DXBAIRPORT2020 to get 10% off the main sessions (Adult and Children only).