Remembering Sir Maurice Flanagan, Emirates Literature Foundation Trustee
Isobel Abulhoul, CEO of the Emirates Literature Foundation and Festival Director of Emirates Airline Festival of Literature said,”From the very beginning, Sir Maurice Flanagan, was a key mentor and supporter for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The truth is that without Sir Maurice, there would have been no literary festival. His vision and advice were invaluable in helping making the LitFest a recognised and respected event on the international calendar, twice winning Best Festival in the Middle East.
“Sir Maurice was an award-winning writer and poet who embraced all aspects of the arts wholeheartedly, alongside his passion for cricket and football.
“I have such fond memories, in particular, of Sir Maurice and Lady Flanagan hosting the authors’ farewell supper at their residence, making everyone so welcome, a wonderful evening each year, filled with laughter and stories. Authors from around the world felt that this was a highlight of their visit.
“Sir Maurice was a Trustee of the Emirates Literature Foundation, established by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and he will be much missed by all of us.
“His contribution to the literary scene in the Emirates has been immense, and my thoughts and prayers go to Audrey and their family during this very sad time.”