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Welcome to the Emirates LitFest Virtual Student Edition 2024!

The Emirates Literature Foundation is delighted to announce the Emirates LitFest Virtual Student Edition 2024 for school students. With these virtual sessions, you can bring the thrill of discovering a new or a favourite Emirates LitFest author direct to your schools! The sessions have been curated to be accessible and captivating for a diverse range of interests and age groups and we hope that students as well as teachers/librarians will find these sessions enjoyable and useful.

The sessions will be made available to watch online from now until the end of term, 5 July 2024.During this time, students will be able to watch the sessions at any time in their classrooms.

Registration is mandatory but access is free, as a special gift for the UAE Reading Month 2024! Sessions are free to register for students in the UAE, GCC and internationally


Zahra Lari: The Story Of An Unstoppable Skater

AGE: 5+
Young Zahra wants to learn to skate, even though her friends and family don’t think she can. After all, she’s too old to learn, the rink is too cold and figure skaters just don’t look like her… at least, not yet! Join Zahra Lari – celebrated Emirati athlete and five-times figure skating National Champion – and her co-writer Hadley Davis for the energetic and uplifting launch event of Not Yet: The Story of an Unstoppable Skater, her empowering debut picture book for children inspired by her own life.

Lisa Thompson: The Treasure Hunters

AGE: 8+
Buckle up with bestselling author Lisa Thompson (The Goldfish Boy) and the motley crew of characters in her new book, The Treasure Hunters, for a quest like no other! In this interactive event, Thompson will share the journey of how she became a writer and the inspirations behind her new book – in which differences are celebrated and friendships are forged.

A.F. Harrold: Not Always Entirely Useful Advice

AGE: 10+
Poet A.F. Harrold sometimes does things with words and ideas that aren’t entirely normal. He stretches them out, gives them a shake, throws them in the air and lets them fall on the page in whatever order they land. And so was born The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice, a collection of poems about, well, advice that isn’t always entirely useful. Find out whether an octopus might make a good hat, where not to stick a porcupine, how to get a duck out of your soup, and so much more in this infectiously funny event for curious young minds seeking strange wisdom about the big, wide world.

Phil Earle: Tales of Courage

AGE: 12+
Novelist Phil Earle knows a thing or two about courage. His celebrated books When the Sky Falls, While the Storm Rages, and Until the Road Ends are brimming with characters – both human and animal – tested by war, separation and uncertainty. But these are not dark stories; humour and hope abound within their pages. This is a not-to-be-missed event about bravery and optimism with one of the world’s most inventive storytellers.

Hazzaa AlMansoori: Out of This World

AGE: 8+
Hazzaa AlMansoori is the first Emirati astronaut. In 2019, he embarked on the UAE’s first scientific mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission carried the slogan ‘Zayed’s Ambition’, making the UAE the 19th country worldwide, and the first country in the Arab region, to travel to the ISS.

Please Note:The age recommendations for each session are just that – suggested ages. As you know your students best, we strongly advise you to review the sessions first to determine the suitable age group based on your students’ abilities and interests. All ideas expressed in the sessions are those of the speakers and you may want to review the sessions first to ensure their suitability for your students.

Buy the Books

Students are encouraged to read the books before attending the sessions (but that is not necessary!).

Books are available for sale on the Magrudy’s website.

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All 9 of the English and Arabic sessions are available to stream for free from now until 5 July 2024.

We have concluded the 2024 edition of this initiative. The 2025 edition will be launched later.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions regarding the event, you can email or call us:

Aira Anupol
+971 4 355 9844 (ext 305)
Aliya Khan
+971 4 355 9844 (ext 414)
Emirates Literature Foundation
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