Wogan Delights Crowd at LitFest

Wednesday, 7 March, 2012

The greatly loved broadcaster, writer and presenter, Sir Terry Wogan, shared his magic at the Opening Night of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature last night. The star, who, in his usual self-deprecating way, had billed his talk in preview interviews as ‘ah the usual rubbish’ in reality amused, enthralled and touched the 700-strong audience with anecdotes and insights from his amazing life in the public eye and his beloved homeland Ireland. Everyone was left longing for more.

Fortunately for the audience, more did follow, in the shape of an amazing series of poetry recitals. If Sir Terry’s conversation was a feast for the heart, this was a feast for the senses, as audiences delighted in the wonderful sounds and movements of the verses which were performed in English, Arabic and Chinese.

The readings began with performances from four of today’s most celebrated international poets, Imtiaz Dharkar, John Agard, Yang Lian and Daljit Nagra who were introduced by Paul Blezard, an accomplished poet in his own right. John Agard chose the evening to share a world debut for one of his poems called 'The Battle Between Water and Wine'.

Arguably the best was yet to come, as the organisers had arranged a surprise guest to complete the evening. This was the distinguished Emirati poet Abdulla Al Hadayya who thrilled the audience with his stirring recital of a patriotic poem, which translated into English by Firas Al Shaer and subsequently recited in English by Blezard.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is on though Saturday 10 March at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City. All information and tickets are available on-line at www.emirateslitfest.com and at the Box Office at the venue.

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