The Festival Day Pass for Saturday, January 27th 2018 gives you access to 12 literary events taking place throughout the day.

FGLF 2018 Day Pass Events for Saturday Jan 27 2018

Day Pass: Rs. 5,000 – Sold Out

Day Pass Events
Saturday, January 27 2018

9:30 am – 10:30 am

FGLF 2018 Event Day4 - The Ambassadors to China

Nirupama Rao and David Dabydeen: Ambassadors & Ministers Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to China.

David Dabydeen was the first Ambassador of Guyana to China. Nirupama Rao, former Foreign Secretary of India, was Ambassador of India to China. In this wide-ranging panel discussion, these two diplomats who are also prolific writers, will share with us their reflections on China’s changing role in the international political and economic landscape and on what this might mean for the future of their own countries and of ours.

(Nirupama’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Amari Galle.)

(David Dabydeen’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Unilever Foods.)


10:00 am – 11:00 am

FGLF 2018 Event - Shrabani Basu & Gananath Obeysekera - Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown.

Shrabani Basu & Gananath Obeysekera: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown

Two writers, one a historian and the other an anthropologist, will discuss the research that led to works reappraising the final years in the reign of two monarchs who played a seminal role in the histories not only of their own nations, but in the international arena of their times. Sharabani presents history with a writer’s sense of drama; Gananath obtained a first in English before pursuing anthropology. The historical research of each author is, perhaps as a result, delivered to us with a writer’s flair and eye for passion.


11:00 am – 12:00 noon

FGLF 2018 Event - The Lord David Puttnam - Climate Change - A View From The Future

The Lord David Puttnam: Climate Change – A View From The Future

Lord Puttnam looks at the environmental challenges – as well as the political and economic interests – which threaten the world for our children and grandchildren. How will future generations view the level of responsibility we’re currently showing for the future of our planet?


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Louis De Bernière’s Mandolin.

Louis De Bernières: Louis De Bernière’s Mandolin

In this session, Louis de Bernières will speak to us about the music of language and the integral role music had played in his writing career. He will talk about his interests and output both of poetry and prose, and about the significance of his newest poetry being available only in audio form. We hope he may be prevailed upon to play his mandolin, as well!


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

FGLF2018 Event Day4 - Charulatha Abeysekera and Chhimi Tenduf La - A Duet

Charulatha Abeysekera & Chhimi Tenduf-La: A Duet

In this session, two very fine Sri Lankan writers will discuss with Sallyanne Atkinson, who grew up in Sri Lanka, the influences of their own lives and upbringing on their works. Charulatha Abeysekera’s novel Stories won this year’s Gratiaen Award; Chimmi The session will explore the extent to which place and origins impact on the genesis of a writer’s creative output.

Charulatha’s novel Stories won this year’s Gratiaen Award; Chimmi’s three works of fiction have enjoyed widespread acclaim.


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Maylis de Kerangal, Shrabani Basu, Sebastian Faulks & Alexander McCall Smith - Translating Print into Film.

Maylis de Kerangal, Shrabani Basu, Sebastian Faulks & Alexander McCall Smith: Translating Print into Film

Four writers whose work has been translated from the medium of the word to that of the film, share their experiences of seeing their creations – or the subjects of their research – taking flesh and blood form and appearing on screen. The competing claims of feature film and television series will also be explored in this discussion of the hazards and triumphs of the process of translating the written word into motion picture format. The session will be moderated by Ashok Ferrey, who will bring his rich experience of the film industry and of writing, to bear on the discussion.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Justine Picardie - On Coco Chanel.

Justine Picardie: On Coco Chanel

This is a chance to hear first hand about the Editor of Harper’s Bazaar’s best-selling biography of Coco Chanel.


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Sebastian Faulks- A Private Affair!

Sebastian Faulks: A Retrospective

(Sebastian Faulks’ participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Sri Lanka Telecom.)


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Charles Allen - Ashoka - The Search for India’s Lost Emperor.

Charles Allen: Ashoka – The Search for India’s Lost Emperor

From 270BC to 233BC, Ashoka ruled every part of the subcontinent except for India’s southernmost tip, an empire larger than that of any Indian ruler before or since; his influence spilled even further abroad, into Sri Lanka and past the furthest border of present-day Afghanistan. He shepherded the rise of one of the world’s major religions, and in a remarkable U-turn, he transformed himself from a callous conqueror into an intelligent and pacific ruler. Yet, as Charles Allen’s Ashoka shows, the details of his life had to be prised out from the crevice of the past, in a process that revealed as much about the emperor as about the caprices of Indian history. (Samanth Subramanian).


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Bruce Wannell - Travel Writing

Bruce Wannell: Travelling in Iran

In this panel, Bruce Wannell, traveller, translator and scholar – author of a travel guide to Iran will take us on a journey through country, sharing with us the many tales arising from his wanderings in this country he has come to know so well.

(Bruce Wannell’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Sri Lanka Tourism and Promotions Bureau.)


5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane - Murder She Said.

Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane: Murder She Said

During a career spanning over thirty years in the field of law, Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane has garnered a reputation for her dedication to human rights and the rule of law whilst scoring many firsts as a female in the Sri Lankan legal system. Her passion and pursuit of equality and justice are reflected in her extensive efforts in gender education, child rights and environmental law in both local and international contexts.

Join her in an exploration of the complexities of the administration of the law and especially the criminal law, as she embarks upon an examination of three gripping murder trials in Sri Lanka. The absorbing narrative will transport the audience into the world of criminal investigation where they will discover the challenges faced by investigators. The audience will develop a greater appreciation of the intricacies of forensic evidence such as DNA, and fingerprint analysis and will be led acknowledge the importance of the skill of investigators which has the potential to change the course of an investigation.

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