We are delighted to welcome Piyal Kariyawasam to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Piyal Kariyawasam is a theatre activist, writer and lecturer on performing arts, and director of documentaries.

He has won the State Drama Awards for Best Drama, Director, and Script; the State Literary Awards for Best Short Story Collection and Best Original Theatre Script; the Presidential Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies in Theatre Arts, the International Scholarship on Documentary Film Making in the U.S. and the International Scholarship for Theatre Studies in India.

He has published five works of fiction, staged five theatre productions, and scripted and directed several audio-visual productions.

Apart from contributing to a diverse range of publications on the arts and associated subject areas, he continues to work extensively with fiction and non-fiction writing.