Ticket Availability Update for Friday, Jan 26th

Tickets for the following FLGF events on Friday, January 26th, 2018 are still available.

Tickets can be purchased online (please click the BUY button) or at the Box Office at : Barefoot Galle Fort – 41 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort

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FGLF

Day Pass – Friday 26th January 2018

FGLF 2018 Day Pass Events for Friday Jan 26 2018

This Day Pass gives you access to 11 literary events taking place on Day 3 (Friday, January 26th 2017). Purchase your voucher online and redeem your pass at the Galle Box  Box Office.

Cost: Rs. 5,000

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Friday, January 26th 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am

FGLF 2018 Event - The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite - A Strange Awakening - The Ancient Mariner as Prophetic Vision.

The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite: A Strange Awakening: The Ancient Mariner as Prophetic Vision

  • Event: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 500 seats

“A sadder and a wiser man/He rose the morrow morn”.

In this fascinating foray through Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous cautionary tale, the Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite – poet, scholar and priest – will ask the question of what we might learn in 2018 – two hundred years after Coleridge first published the poem under his own name – from this rollicking tale of man’s selfish and unthinking exploitation of his natural surroundings. Must wisdom bring sadness? And what may we learn about the acts of writing and storytelling, from the nature of the Mariner’s act of penance?

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, January 26th 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am

FGLF 2018 Event Day3 - For King and Another Country

Shrabani Basu & Sebastian Faulks: For King and Another Country

  • Event: In Conversation
  • Participant: Sebastian Faulks & Shrabani Basu
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 500 seats

Books such as Sebastian Faulks’ famous trilogy The Girl at the Lion D’Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray have very considerably helped to ensure that the sacrifices of soldiers in the two world wars have not gone unremembered.

However, as historian Shrabani Basu points out in her 2015 publication For King and Another Country; Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 2014-2018, fictional and historical representations of these conflicts have rarely drawn attention to the contribution and sacrifices of the more than one million Indian soldiers who fought in World War I – the largest force from the colonies and dominions.

For King and Another Country describes the Great War through the eyes of these soldiers – many illiterate young men from remote villages who distinguished themselves with acts of great bravery. In the process she leads us to see how the War changed India and set in motion a process that would lead, ultimately, to Independence.

(Shrabani Basu’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Jetwing Hotels.)

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Short Films: Growing up … Stolen Childhood.

  • Event: Lunchtime Illuminations
  • Participant: Filmmakers – Fathima Shanaz, Nipunika Fernando, Hilusha Hewagama, Suranga Katugampola and Kelum Kaluhennedige
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:15 hrs
  • Access: FREE ACCESS
  • Availability: 500 seats

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” We were all asked this question many times during our childhood. How many of those enquiring after hopes and dreams were actually listening to children’s responses and helping them achieve these aspirations?

In these short films, young Sri Lankan filmmakers deal with the issues of stolen childhood; exploring how family and society deny children of their aspirations.

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Award Ceremony: 2017 Edward Lear Prize for Poetry.

The Edward Lear Prize for Poetry Award Ceremony

  • Participant: Poets
  • Location: Owl and the Pussy Cat Hotel, Thalpe
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Free Booked Passes
  • Availability: 58 seats.

The Edward Lear Prize for Poetry will be given to a young poet from Sri Lanka between the ages of 18 and 30. The founders of this prize, Reita Gadkari and Shane Thantirimudalige, hope this prize, named after Edward Lear, a well-known poet, will encourage up-and-coming poets to showcase their talents and will give them recognition in the field of poetry.

Sponsored by Owl and the Pussycat Hotel.

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Maylis de Kerangal & Ashok Ferrey - Bury the Dead and Mend the Living.

Maylis de Kerangal & Ashok Ferrey: Bury the Dead and Mend the Living

  • Event: A Duet
  • Participant: Maylis de Kerangal & Ashok Ferrey
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 250 seats

In this session, two writers whose work profoundly addresses the complications of being alive – a condition we can only mend, not ultimately repair – share their experiences writing of life, labour and the heart.

For both writers, language is paramount; Maylis writes in French and Ashok in English, but the work of each has been translated into the other’s language.

To what extent, the session will ask, is it possible to render experiences originally shared in the language of one’s heart, in that of another?

The title of Maylis’ novel comes from Chekhov’s Platanov: “Bury the dead and mend the living” so that it originates in the Russian, thus adding another complication to this linguistic conundrum. Ultimately, both readers eschew the potential limitations of translation with an economy of prose that goes straight to the heart of what it means to be a human being.

(Maylis de Kerangal’s presence at the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Alliance Française de Kotte. Her travel is sponsored by Jet Airways.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Sonnet Mondal - Writing Poetry

Sonnet Mondal: Writing Poetry

  • Event: Workshop
  • Participant: Sonnet Mondal
  • Location: Galle Fort Library, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 1 Seat Remaining

In this workshop, Sonnet Mondal will discuss with participants what it means to write poetry, and will work closely with each participant on perfecting his or her individual style and voice.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Shrabani Basu - The Story of Victoria and Abdul

Shrabani Basu: The Story of Victoria and Abdul

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Shrabani Basu
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 500 seats

In this solo presentation, Shrabani Basu, historian, journalist and author, will share with us the journey that led to the writing of her non-fiction work, Victoria and Abdul; The True Story of The Queen’s Closest Confidant.

The story has now been rendered a major motion picture with Dame Judi Dench in the eponymous role. Yet for over a hundred years it remained unknown, much of the evidence of the close relationship between the Queen and her munshi (teacher) as she styled Abdul, having been destroyed on her death by her son and heir King Edward.

Using the evidence of art displayed at Osborne House, in Queen Victoria’s long unopened Hindustani Journals and in letters sent by Queen Victoria to Abdul when he was on leave of absence in India, Shrabani has pieced together an extraordinary and meticulously documented account of this fascinating friendship.

(Shrabani Basu’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Jetwing Hotels.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Laurence Boissier, Bruce Wannell, Michael Kumpfmüller and Nalin Ranasinghe - Lost Without Translation.

Laurence Boissier, Bruce Wannell, Michael Kumpfmüller and Nalin Ranasinghe: Lost Without Translation.

This panel features four writers who have contributed substantially to the work of sharing literatures of one linguistic tradition with those from others.

Bruce Wannell has translated extensively from Parsi – his work has by extension been an important part of the work of William Dalrymple, for whom he has been a long-time translator.

Michael Kumpfmüller novel “The Glory of Life” has been translated into 25 languages and thus enjoyed worldwide exposure, so that a wide audience might share this beautiful narrative.

Laurence Boissier’s work exists in translation and she also performs spoken word poetry in dialect.

Nalin Ranasinghe is an academic who shares the works of the classics with students by virtue of translation. What are the challenges of translation? What gets lost? What is gained?

(Laurence Boissier’s travel to and presence at the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and the Embassy of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.)

(Michael Kumpfmüller’s travel to and presence at the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Goethe-Institut.)

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Angus Leendertz and Calvyn Gilfellan: Remembrance and Restoration.

Angus Leendertz and Calvyn Gilfellan: Remembrance and Restoration

  • Event: Workshop on Curating History and Restoration
  • Participant: Angus Leendertz & Calvyn Gilfellan
  • Location: Galle Fort Library, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 8 Seats Remaining

This workshop is aimed at those with an interest in the intersection of memory, restoration and transformation.

The facilitators of this workshop both have extensive experience as curators of exhibitions aimed at preserving physical spaces with complicated histories and psychological, emotional and spiritual resonance.

FGLF 2018 Participant Angus Leendertz Project - Conversion of Robben Island Prison

Those attending the workshop will learn about the ways in which archivists and curators of physical objects may use their curatorial skills to ensure that the past may both inform and transform the present.

FGLF 2018 Topic of Discussion - Calvyn Gilfellan on The Castle of Good Hope

(Calvyn Gilfellan’s travel to the Festival is courtesy of the South African High Commission in Sri Lanka.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000

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Friday, Jan 26 2018
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

FGLF 2018 - Siddharth Dasgupta and Sonnet Mondal - A Poetry Reading

Siddharth Dasgupta & Sonnet Mondal: Lipton Tea and Poetry

  • Event: Lipton Tea and Poetry with refreshments by Chef Charles Disa
  • Participant: Siddharth Dasgupta & Sonnet Mondal with Chef Charles Disa
  • Location: Fort Bazaar Hotel & Spa, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:15 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 14 Seats Remaining

Two contemporary poets whose work has been widely and well received will share their poetry. Afternoon Tea will be provided by the generous sponsorship of Lipton, with refreshments provided by celebrated Chef Charles Disa.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Chef Charles Disa.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,500

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event Day3 - Kushanava Choudhury on The Epic City

Kushanava Choudhury: The Epic City – The world on the Streets of Calcutta

  • Event: In Conversation with Chris Hanley
  • Participant: Kushanava Choudhury
  • Location: Southlands College, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 500 seats

What is Calcutta? Macaulay thought it “a place of mists, alligators and wild boars”. Kipling saw it as a city of dreadful night and “one of the most wicked places in the universe”.

Depending on which European prognosticator one reads it’s a black hole, a leprous pit, a basket case, a marxist junk space. Writing in 1903, Lord Curzon at least spurned such millenarian metaphors only to succumb to imperial self-adulation: “Calcutta is in reality a European city set down upon Asiatic soil, and it is a monument – in my opinion one of the most striking extant monuments, for it is the second city to London in the entire British Empire – to the energy and achievements of our race.” – (Sukhdev Sandhu)

When Kushanava Choudhury returned to Calcutta after graduating from Princeton, he found himself in a world his immigrant parents had abandoned, in a city built between a river and a swamp, where the moisture-drenched air swarms with mosquitos after sundown.

Once the capital of the British Raj, it was subsequently India’s industrial and cultural hub. But by 2001 Calcutta was clearly past its prime. Choudhury’s return mystified his relatives, who wondered why he hadn’t moved to Delhi, Bombay or Bangalore, where consumption was conspicuous and a life of material wealth seemed assured.

The Epic City” is in many ways the writer’s answer to that question: a soulful, compelling portrait of the fifteen million people who still live in Calcutta, the work is a beautifully written testimony to the everyday life in Calcutta – to the shouting hawkers who overrun the footpaths, the fish-sellers squatted on bazaar floors, the politics of barricades and bus burnings and the Communist ministers who travel in motorcades. Written with humanity, wit and insight, The Epic City is an unforgettable portrait of an era, and of a city which is a world unto itself.

“A wonderful, beautifully written and even more beautifully observed love letter to Calcutta’s greatness . . . The Epic City clearly marks the arrival of a new star”. William Dalrymple, Observer

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26 2018
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Laaleen Sukhera & Gayathri Warnasuriya - Austenistan - Jane Austen 200 Years On.

Laaleen Sukhera & Gayathri Warnasuriya: Austenistan – Jane Austen 200 Years On

Two hundred years after the death of Jane Austen, Laaleen Sukhera, Founder of the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan, edited a collection of short stories written by women who have lived in Pakistani society, after the style of the great detective and chronicler of human nature, Jane Austen.

The title of the volume, Austenistan, means ‘The land of Austen’ and Laaleen sees modern Pakistan as just that – a world operating very much in the style of the Regency England in which Jane Austen lived and wrote.

Laaleen is joined on the panel by one of the contributors to Austenistan, Gayathri Warnasuriya, a Sri Lankan health scientist presently living and working in Amman.

The session will begin with a performance-reading by Mr. Adrian Lukis and Ms. Caroline Langrishe, as they bring to life a number of  Jane Austen’s most memorable characters.

FGLF 2018 Event - Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis - A Performane-Reading of Jane Austen

Performing duologues from Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, these veteran actors explore Miss Austen’s world, from the duplicity of Wickham, to the heartfelt passion of Wentworth and Anne.

The performance will also include the delightful passage from former Festival Curator, Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Cinnamon Gardens that refers to Pride and Prejudice, by way of illustrating Sri Lanka’s own Austen legacy.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday Jan 26th, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Katharine Norbury & The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite - Landscape and Literature.

Katharine Norbury & The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite: Landscape and Literature

  • Event: A Duet
  • Participant: Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite & Katharine Norbury
  • Location: Fort Printers, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 150 seats

“Like Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, and Richard Mabey’s Nature Cure before it, Katharine Norbury’s The Fish Ladder is at heart an examination of the consoling effect of the natural world on human grief and torment”. With these opening lines of her Guardian  review of Katharine Norbury’s beautiful memoir/travelogue The Fish Ladder, Rachel Cooke draws attention to one of the things Katharine Norbury does so beautifully for her reader by drawing attention, “her eye feasting on the landscape’ to the redemptive and instructional  qualities of the natural world.

The Reverend Malcolm Guite’s fascinating study of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s wonderful cautionary tale “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” draws heavily and fruitfully on the landscape of the West Country.  Coleridge lived in Nether Stowey and Watchet is most likely the setting of his famous narrative poem. Coleridge’s poem is clearly meant to change the way we view the world, and the natural world is central to that process.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - The 2017 Fairway National Literary Awards Ceremony.

2017 Fairway National Literary Awards Ceremony

  • Event: Award Ceremony
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Free Booked Passes
  • Availability: Limited Booked Passes

For the third year, Fairway Holdings presents the Fairway National Literary Awards in all three national languages at this glittering event. Join Fairway and the Festival to celebrate Sri Lankan literature through the country’s richest literary prize, which bring exposure to not just the shortlisted writers, but to Sri Lankan Literature in general.

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Jaina Sanga & Kushanava Choudhury - Tourist Season.

Jaina Sanga & Kushanava Choudhury: Tourist Season

  • Event: Sunset Series
  • Participant: Jaina Sanga & Kushanava Choudhury
  • Location: Scouts Headquaters, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 60 seats

This panel brings together two Indian writers who live both in India and in the USA and invites them to explore the notion of identity explored in their work.

Kushanava’s Calcutta; the Epic City has been described by William Dalrymple as a ‘love-letter’ to Calcutta; Sanga has been described as having ‘a jeweller’s eye for detail” which she uses to bring to life the connections between people and place. Both writers invite us to view place both as tourist and dweller.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Michael Roc Thomas - A Tour de Force of Magical Verse.

Michael Roc Thomas: A Tour de Force of Magical Verse

  • Event: Sunset Series
  • Participant: Michael Roc Thomas
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 500 seats

Michael Roc-Thomas will read from and speak about his new collection of tales told in verse. ‘Seeing Better Now’ comprises fifty-six tales told in verse. Each is beautifully illustrated in full colour by two of Sri Lanka’s finest artists.

FGLF 2018 Participant Michael Roc Thomas Book - Seeing Better Now.

Many of the stories are humorous, others doleful or bittersweet; yet others ask powerful questions and will make the reader think. All have genuine charm and originality. Poetry? No, much more fun!

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Michelle Gunawardana - The Adventure of Arrack.

The Adventure of Arrack

  • Event: Arrack Tasting hosted by Minoli Ratnayake
  • ParticipantMinoli Ratnayake
  • Location: Bomu, Rooftop Bar at Amari Galle, Galle
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 100 seats

Join us on an Adventure of Arrack! Author Michelle Gunawardana’s “The Adventure of Arrack” is the first Sri Lankan book to receive a prestigious Gourmand Award, when it won first place in the spirits category at the Gourmand Awards held in Yantai, China in May, 2016.

Learn all about Arrack over cocktails made with Ceylon Arrack hosted at Bomu, the rooftop bar at Amari Galle.

FGLF 2018 Event - The Adventure of Arrack hosted at Bomu, the Rooftop Bar at Amari Galle

(Minoli Ratnayake is brought to the festival courtesy of Wine World.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,500

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Friday, Jan 26th 2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Shrabani Basu - A Literary Dinner.

Shrabani Basu: A Literary Dinner

  • Event: Literary Dinner
  • Participant: Shrabani Basu
  • Location: Fort Printers, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 23 Seats Remaining

Join historian Shrabani Basu for dinner.

Between courses, film clips of the recently released film of her groundbreaking study Victoria and Abdul will be shown, and Shrabani will answer questions about the book …

FGLF 2018 Author Book - Victoria and Abdul

… and the film.

(Shrabani Basu’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Jetwing Hotels.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500

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Tickets are also available at the Galle Box Office : Barefoot Galle Fort, 41 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort

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