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: What exactly does the Office Manager do at the Festival?
I coordinate with Festival Book-seller, Box-office, work on general office operations such as maintenance safety, contractors, connections Etisalat, DU, DEWA and all other office requirements as well as any ad hoc requirements. I also coordinate with the book publishers on getting review copies, Author interviews etc. Additionally, I am in charge of IT and co-ordinating with the IT support team and on the event management software Artifax configuration team.
Lina: What’s a typical day for you?
I normally plan ahead for the week. I come in the morning and answer all emails, dealing with staff queries. Often I help to fix the software or hardware problems and may need to visit Dubai Municipality/RTA/Etisalat offices before noon. Interacting with vendors/the office caretaker on office requirements and will give advice on any improvements to be made.
Lina: Who are you most looking forward to seeing at #EAFOL16?
Lina: Tell me about your favourite book.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Goat Days by Benyamin.
The Alchemist is my favourite English novel and is a novel about a shepherd from Andalusia called Santiago and his journey to Egypt, believing the recurring dreams he has about finding treasure there to be prophetic.
Goat Days is my favourite book in my own language. It tells the story of Najeeb Muhammad, an Indian emigrant in Saudi Arabia who moves to the Persian Gulf states in order to earn enough money to send back to his family. However, he is forced into a slave-like existence herding goats and finds himself engineering a dangerous scheme of escape.
Lina: If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?
Santiago from The Alchemist.