Darcey Bussell: The former ballerina speaks about her life in the Royal Ballet, and now as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, on March 7 at 5pm. She also hosts a session perfect for little dancers, speaking about her children’s book series.


Tim Rice: The lyricist behind enduring musical classics Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Disney films The Lion King and Aladdin will speak at Oh What a Circus!, March 7, 11.30-12.30am.


Richard Madley and Judy Finnigan: British TV’s most famous couple have swapped morning television to become novelists. They’ll discuss their careers on March 8 at 10am.


Joanne Harris: The author of Chocolat and the recently released The Gospel of Loki. She’ll discuss creating new worlds on March 8 at 9.30am.


If you love your food don’t miss:

Camellia Punjabi: The Indian cookery writer and restaurateur has a cooking demonstration, Festival Spice!, on March 7, 3-4pm.


Tessa Kiros: The Finnish-Cypriot who is married to an Italian shares her multicultural recipes in a cookery demonstration on March 7, 12.30-1.30pm.


The Foodie Panel, with Arlette Boutros, Tessa Kiros, Prue Leith and Greg Malouf, March 8, 11.30am-12.30pm.


Greg and Lucy Malouf: The Lebanese cooking authors of New Middle Eastern Food will chat about travel, food and Dubai’s restaurant culture — Greg will be opening his first UAE restaurant at DIFC later this year. March 7, 6.30pm.