2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Second Participant Announcement

Second Announcement of Participants Attending the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

The second announcement of invited participants in the forthcoming 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, includes individuals from a wide range of literary pursuits; actresses, writers of fiction and of memoir, lawyers, diplomats, journalists, editors, performance poets, curators, architects, historians and economists.

The Festival, now in its ninth year, takes place by virtue of the generous sponsorship of the title sponsor Fairway Holdings, setting an example of corporate leadership in the promotion of the Arts. This is the third occasion on which Fairway Holdings is providing the title sponsorship of the Festival.

The Tourist Board of Sri Lanka is the Official Destination Partner, Jetwing Hotels is the Official Hospitality Partner, Sri Lanka Telecom is the Official Telecom Partner and the DFCC Bank is the Official Banking Partner.

At the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 we will welcome Dame Maggie Smith, who scarcely requires any introduction; she is one of the finest actresses of her generation, an achievement she wears lightly and with a grace quite belying the storied trappings of fame. She has been a star of the stage and screen for many years and at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival would like to explore the skills of comedy acting. After her roles in The Lady in the Van, Downton Abbey, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Harry Potter, The Exotic Marigold Hotel and many another, she is ideally qualified to do so.

FGLF2018 Participant - Dame Maggie Smith

Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane’s presentation of three murder cases will afford the audience a nuanced appreciation of the human complexities of the judicial system, and of the challenge of balancing a concern for victims with society’s desire for closure.

FGLF2018 Participant - Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane

A familiar figure in Sri Lanka, former High Commissioner Nirupama Menon Rao, who went on to become Foreign Secretary of India, will read from and speak about her new book on Sino-Indian relations.

FGLF2018 Participant - Nirupama Menon Rao

Kiryl Rudy will delve into behavior economics and the nudge theory, currently in the forefront of international economic discourse.

FGLF2018 Participant - Kiryl Rudy

History will be brought to life by Nisid Hajari, author of “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition,” winner of the 2016 Colby Award.

FGLF2018 Participant - Nisid Hajari

Visiting journalists include Justine Picardie, who is editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK and author of the biography “Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life” which was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards.

FGLF2018 Participant - Justine Picardie

Editor, journalist, television presenter, and bestselling author Rachel Johnson (who also happens to be the younger sister of the past mayor of London Boris Johnson) will bring her wide experience of journalism and editing to the FGLF 2018.

FGLF2018 Participant - Rachel Johnson

Australian Sallyanne Atkinson will share her experience as the first female Lord-Mayor of Sydney. Sallyanne grew up in Colombo on a tea-planter’s estate and will also share with us and with others whose formative years were spent on planters’ estates, her experience of this distinctive lifestyle.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Sallyanne Atkinson

Two hundred years since the remarkable English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote his seminal “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner”, The Reverend Doctor Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, will share with us the insights of his new study of Coleridge’s famous narrative poem, revealing to us the remarkable continuing freshness and relevance of the mariner’s message, so very long after Coleridge so memorably gave voice to it.

FGLF2018 Participant - Malcolm Guite

Environmental architect Sunela Jayewardene’s travelogue “Line of Lanka” also explores the oral tradition in history and story-telling, deftly chronicling its impact on archaeology.

FGLF2018 Participant - Sunela Jayewardene

Udeni Samarasekara will offer her take on the oral tradition in literature in a session entitled “Literature Without Words”.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Udeni Samarasekara.

The spoken word artist Laurence Boissier will share with us her original oral work combining language and dialect. She will also read to us from her first novel, “Rentre de Classes”. Her visit is made possible by the generous cultural partnership of Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Author Laurence Boissier

German writer Michael Kumpfmüller joins us through the gracious sponsorship of cultural partner the Goethe-Institut and will read from and speak about his exquisitely written novel based on the last year in the life of Franz Kafka. “The Glory of Life”, the events of which take place in 1924, the same year as the Olympics on which ‘Chariots of Fire’ is based, is a stunning testimony to the ordinariness of true beauty, and of how much closer to our reach it may be than we so often think.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Author Michael Kumpfmuller

South African writer Calvyn Gilfellan, whose visit is sponsored and facilitated by the High Commission for South Africa, will also revisit the past by exploring the Dutch Fort of South Africa and exploring the redemptive possibilities of previously oppressive spaces.

FGLF2018 Participant - Calvyn Gilfellan

Performance is an important part of the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, and the celebrated contemporary Bangladeshi band Chirkutt, brought to us by the High Commission for Bangladesh, will perform twice during the Festival.

FGLF2018 Participant - Chirkutt

Award winning spoken-word poet Carlos Andres Gomez, will perform from Man Up, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male.

FGLF 2018 Participant Carlos Andrés Gómez, author of Man Up - Reimagining Modern Manhood.

The participation of the piano duet of Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst has been made possible by the Dutch Embassy.

FGLF2018 Participants - Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst

The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival includes two important programmes which very considerably widen the scope of the Festival’s reach.

These are The Children’s Outreach Programme which will this year be sponsored by the American Embassy and the North-South Programme sponsored by the German Embassy. The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is deeply grateful to these two sponsors for their generous facilitation of these important social initiatives.

The full list of the second announcement of authors is as follows:



The  2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival will take place from January 24th – 28th 2018.

The festival events take place at historical landmark locations, boutique hotels, and private properties in and around the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, making this festival truly an immersive cultural experience that celebrates literature and the arts.

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November 21, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

When will the programme be out? Will I be able to pay and print tickets instead of going all the way to Colombo? I live in Kandy.

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