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IN CONVERSATION: Roma Tearne on The Road to Urbino and The Swimmer.

Date: Friday, January 13 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort.

Roma Tearne is an important chroniclers of Sri Lankan lives in the Diaspora. This session looks at two such novels of hers.

In The Swimmer, Ben a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka, who has arrived in Norfolk via Moscow, is awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application. Meanwhile, he is discovered by an English woman, as he takes a daily swim in the river close to her house. He is twenty years her junior and soon a romance spring up between them.

The Road to Urbino follows Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father’s disappearance. Dogged by his past, he struggles to make a new life for himself in the UK.

“Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose.” – Sunday Times.

Roma Tearne’s travel is sponsored by Sri Lankan Airlines.

Tickets: Rs.1,000 / Available: 100

Access With: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass

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