Calling all Bikers and Petrolheads - this year’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has top sessions for those who like to live life at full throttle. With Edward Winterhalder, the world’s leading authority on motorcycle clubs and outlaw bikers, plus America's most celebrated transportation guru, Sam Schwartz a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam” on the rise of the driverless car, we’re revving up and raring to go. Join us as we burn some rubber and celebrate life in the fast lane.

A biker’s story

Edward Winterhalder has had an unusual and intriguing career path. A former Bandidos MC member, he is an internationally known author, TV producer and biker personality, who has written eleven books about the culture. In addition to his literary endeavours, Edward is the executive producer/creator of the Steel Horse Cowboys TV series and has produced episodes of popular television shows such as Outlaw Bikers, One Percenters, Marked, Biker Chicz, Living On The Edge, and Gangland. What does it take to make the move to screen, and what makes a successful TV series? From reality in conversation with his friend, fellow biker, and media expert Sameer Al Jaberi, Edward discusses how to draft a treatment based on a literary work and how to pitch it to a broadcaster or production company – using the examples of sizzle reels produced for two of Edward’s productions.

No-One at the wheel- the rise of the driverless car

Is our time at the wheel done? Driving will become illegal, as human drivers will be demonstrably more dangerous than cars that pilot themselves. Is this an impossible future, or a revolution just around the corner? Samuel I. Schwartz is an award-winning American transportation engineer, who popularised the phrase ‘gridlock’, earning him the nickname Gridlock Sam. He is the author of the acclaimed books Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars and No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future. Find out what life will be like with a robot at the wheel – and do we really want to give up our position as Kings of the Road?

The Festival programme is brimming with sessions to engage, entertain and inform, with topics encompassing fiction, history, current affairs, food, health, travel, biography, business and more.  There are opportunities to appreciate poetry, take part in creative writing workshops and generally indulge in intelligent and articulate discussion on a wide range of topics. Sessions appeal to all ages and nationalities, featuring outstanding authors, thinkers and opinion formers.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. The Festival is organised in partnership with Emirates Airline and Dubai Culture & Art Authority. The Festival will be kicking off Dubai Culture’s flagship art initiative Dubai Art Season (DAS), which features a two-month citywide activation of art events across Dubai.


Source: Four Communications