We are grateful to the following authors and illustrators for publicly pledging not to attend the festival until the issues highlighted on our home page have been addressed by Emirates Airline and the Dubai Government.
If you are published UK author or illustrator, you can pledge your support on this page.
We are a group of authors and illustrators who object to the human rights abuses and suppression of free speech carried out by the Dubai government and the continuing expansion of Emirates Airline (owned by the Dubai government) which is actively undermining efforts to avert climate catastrophe.
We pledge not to appear at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature until the Dubai government complies with the universal principles of human rights and the airline commits to reducing its CO2 emissions.
Jonathan Emmett – Author
Laurence Anholt – Author
Lynne Garner – Author
Michelle Robinson – Author
Clare Bell – Author
Cathy Maclennan – Author / illustrator / artist
Linda Sarah – Author / illustrator
Greta Stoddart – Writer
Anne Booth – Author
Debi Gliori – Author / illustrator
Dawn Finch – Author
Nicola Davies – Author
Elli Woollard – Author
Derek Wall – Author
Brian Moses – Poet
Anna Perera – Author
John Shelley – Illustrator
Amanda Craig – Author
Jeni Williams – Poet / creative writing lecturer
Professor Tony Curtis – Writer (retired academic)
Faye Hanson – Author / illustrator
James de la Rue – Illustrator
Caryl Hart – Author
Lydia Monks – Author / illustrator
Fleur Hitchcock – Author
Richard Morgan – Author
Jackie Morris – Illustrator / author
Val McDermid – Writer
Steve Tasane - Author
"I will not lend my name to festivals associated with regimes that persecute their LGBT citizens. I won't strut my stuff in a country where I would not be allowed to live openly and honestly without fear of arrest, incarceration or torture."
"The Dubai government cannot have it both ways - if they want to encourage literature and the arts, then they must allow unrestricted debate and freedom of speech to all."
"No author should support a country where human rights and free speech are abused. This is non-negotiable."
"Dubai and other Arab states have appalling human rights records and pressure should be put on them to object to this."
"The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is helping to create a smokescreen of respectability around an environmentally unfriendly company owned by an oppressive government."
"For me the issue has never arisen, as I have not been invited, but I have been astonished for years that people would go to this festival."