Ronita has Lunch with Lina LitFest


Hi, I’m Lina LitFest, the new mascot for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your favourite literature festival, look no further!

Lina-LitFest-English-1-e1448284692857Lina: What exactly does a Content and Social Media Manager do at the Festival?

Ronita: I take care of the website: all the content on it, the author bios, competitions and queries. And I handle social media.

Lina: What’s a typical day for you?

Ronita: Well, there really isn’t a typical day here at the Festival because there’s always something new to be done.

Generally, I start the day with checking if there are any updates on our authors. If an author has just been added, then I will research them and write their bio and get as much information about them as possible.

I take some time to write up our social media content and for that I need to check what needs an extra push online, not just for the Festival but also for our partner organisation, Dubai International Writers’ Centre.

We have been working on the website redesign so that took up a fair amount of time and co-ordination.

Lina: Who are you most looking forward to seeing at #EAFOL16?

Ann-CleevesIt’s so hard to choose! I love crime fiction, so I’m really looking forward to seeing Ann Cleeves, Ian Rankin and Anthony Horowitz, but I also enjoy reading fantasy, sci-fi, history and literary fiction.

If I had to choose just one favourite though, it would have to be Chris Hadfield, a real, live astronaut! I’ve always been fascinated by space and can’t wait to hear about Hadfield’s experiences on the International Space Station. His book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, is an amazing read and really gives you extraordinary details about the life of an astronaut, so listening to him live will be quite an experience.

Lina: Tell me about your favourite book.

My favourite book is The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. I read it in college and absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve read it several times since and always find little details about the characters that I hadn’t noticed before. The story may be bleak, but it is such a rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Lina: If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?

I would probably be one of the Hardy Boys, Joe Hardy, most likely. Growing up on a steady diet of crime fiction, I always wanted to be a detective of some kind. I loved reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and, of course, Enid Blyton’s Five Find-Outers. So, yes, a detective’s life for me.