New Events with Nayanjot Lahari and Kate Tempest.

Programme Changes at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

Happy New Year Everyone!

On behalf of us all at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, we wish you and your loved-ones a very happy, safe, healthy and prosperous 2017.

Festival Announcements

Regrettable Cancelations:

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival announces with regret that Margaret Drabble will not be attending the Festival due to pressing personal issues.

Ms. Drabble expressed her deep disappointment at not being able to come, as she was truly looking forward to being in Sri Lanka and being part of the Festival.

She made every effort to try and make her visit possible but, in the end, this was not possible.

Roma Tearne is also unable to attend the Festival.

Anyone wanting to exchange tickets or process refunds for tickets purchased for these events should email:

New Participants and Events:

We are delighted, however, to announce 3 new additions to the programme:

Kate Tempest

FGLF 2017 Event - Thinking Out Loud with Kate Tempest on Let Them Eat Chaos.

Kate Tempest is an acclaimed musician, poet, novelist and playwright.

Her epic poem, Brand New Ancients, won the 2012 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Her album Everybody Down was nominated for the 2014 Mercury Music Prize.

Tempest’s work refuses to recognise genre boundaries, moving with verve through performance poetry, rap-style narratives against a backdrop of electronic music, a novel and plays. She brings her world of south-east London to life with intensity and jubilation.

During her visit to the Festival, she will perform from her new album Let Them Eat Chaos, a long form poem.

Half-spoken, half-rapped, the 13 tracks on Let Them Eat Chaos follow the inner and outer journeys of some inhabitants of London, as they leave their private worlds to eventually discover each other’s existence.

Don’t miss Kate’s events and performances:

Learn more about Kate Tempest.

Nayanjot Lahiri: How The Indus Civilization was Discovered

2017 FGLF Event: Nayanjot Lahiri on Finding Forgotten Cities - How The Indus Civilization was Discovered.

Nayanjot Lahiri, whose talk on the Emperor Ashoka sold out within hours of the box office opening, has offered to do a second talk for disappointed festivalgoers who didn’t get into her Ashoka event.

Her new talk, is titled:

In it, this acclaimed award winning historian will bring to life the people, processes and puzzles that led up to the unearthing of Mohenjodaro and Harappa, and also give us wonderful glimpses into this great, lost civilization.

A Tribute to Anne Ranasinghe

Anne Ranasinghe, the beloved German-Sri Lankan poet passed away last week. Ranasinghe’s work looked at both her Jewish past and the effect of the holocaust on herself and her family, as well as the landscape, politics and the life she lived in her adopted country, Sri Lanka.

To commemorate her life and work, some Sri Lankan writers and participants at the Festival will read one of her poems during their sessions.

Writers include Ashok Ferrey, Shyam Selvadurai, Afdhel Aziz, Tracy Holsinger, Jean Arasanyagam and Sunila Galappatti.


We are excited to also announce that since the box office opened two weeks ago, we have had record-breaking sales and quite a few of our events are sold out.

Tickets are available online at or at our box offices, open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:30pm & Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm at:

  • Colombo: Showroom, 740 Galle Road, Bambalapitiya.
  • Galle: 25, Leyn Baan Street Galle Fort.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the Festival in just 2 weeks.


Ra Ranjan

January 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

Is it possible to swap my Philippa Gregory ticket (4 – 5.30 pm at Hall de Galle on Thursday the 12th January) for a Nayanjot Lahiri ticket at 4 pm on the 12th? Just announced below: How the Indus Civilisation was discovered.

Would be most grateful if you would do this. I was one of the disappointed Festivalgoers who could not get unto her Asoka talk at Amangalla.




Edwina Sassoon

January 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm - Reply

Hallo c. Shall we try and get tickets for lahiri? SAw a porcupine on the beach today xx


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