Emirates festival boycott 'disappointing' to director

Emirates festival boycott 'disappointing' to director

Isobel Abulhoul, founder and director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said the Think Twice campaign calling for UK authors to boycott the event is “disappointing”.

She told The Bookseller: “Our aim has always been simple - to get as many people, particularly youngsters, reading and engaging with books in the Gulf region and beyond. Education and the exchange of ideas is at the heart of our festival, which has grown from a small independent start-up into a respected literary platform which attracted 37,000 visitors last year.

“Of course it is disappointing for us that the f...

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