The Festival Day Pass for Day 2 gives you access 10 literary events taking place throughout the day on Thursday, January 25th, 2018.

FGLF 2018 Day Pass Events for Thursday Jan 25th 2018

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Day Pass Events
Thursday, January 25 2018

9:00 am – 10:00 am

David Dabydeen: Turner Overturned - Art and the Literary Vision of David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen: Turner Overturned – Art and the Literary Vision of David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen is a seminal figure in post-colonial literary studies. His ‘Turner’, written in response to Turner’s famous painting of 1840, ‘Slavers Throwing Over the Dead and the Dying’, is a masterful reworking of the painting originally celebrated for its composition and colour – Ruskin noted the ‘genius’ with which he illuminated the turbulent sea and sky during a typhoon – in which critical process the slaves whose lives were cast aside so easily in the hopes of a successful  insurance claim were quite forgotten.

In Dabydeen’s poem, this process is reversed and the “slaves who have been drowning in Turner’s sea for centuries” are given a voice – the voice of the poem’s speaker, a child Dabydeen names Turner. Originally published in 1994, Dabydeen’s poem has a particular  contemporary resonance at a time when once more, victims of inhumane situations face enormous peril travelling by sea.


11:00 am – 12:00 noon

FGLF 2018 Event - Sallyanne Atkinson - No Job for a Woman.


Sallyanne Atkinson’s life began dramatically: her mother was pregnant with her when she was evacuated on the last ship to leave Ceylon before the fall of Singapore, while her father stayed in Colombo with the Ceylon Planters and Rifle Corps.

Returning in 1944, she studied at Bishop’s College and the Royal Naval School and among her vivid memories of that time are the Independence activities of 1948, the first filming of Elephant Walk, which failed when Vivien Leigh had a nervous breakdown and an affair with her co-star Peter Finch (not necessarily in that order!) As Lord Mayor of Brisbane, she received the Freedom of the City from the Mayor of Colombo.

In this session, Sallyanne will discuss her childhood memories of Ceylon and her subsequent career as a trailblazing citizen of Australia. In particular, she will address the challenges she faced as the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane.


12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Shankari Chandran and Nayomi Munaweera - Sisters Under Their Skin

Shankari Chandran and Nayomi Munaweera: Sisters Under Their Skin

This session brings together two highly acclaimed writers of Sri Lankan origin who live and work abroad – one in Australia, one in the USA – but whose work is profoundly connected to their Sri Lankan origins. Both writers skillfully evoke the way in which very diverse experiences of life may be both underlined and erased by overarching similarities based on origin and identity.  Nayomi’s Island of A Thousand Mirrors and Shankari’s The Sun-God invite complex discussions about what makes us who we are; the discussion will include but not be limited to, these two works in the respective author’s oeuvre.

(Nayomi Munaweera’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Sri Lanka Telecom.)


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Pankaj Mishra - Welcome to the Age of Anger.

Pankaj Mishra: Welcome to the Age of Anger

“In the hopeful years that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the universal triumph of liberal capitalism and democracy seemed assured; free markets and human rights would spread around the world and lift billions from poverty and oppression. In many ways, this dream has come true: we live in a vast, homogenous global market, which is more literate, interconnected and prosperous than at any other time in history. And yet we find ourselves in an age of anger, with authoritarian leaders manipulating the cynicism and discontent of furious majorities.” – Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian: 8 December, 2016.

In this solo performance, the brilliant intellectual, writer and essayist Pankaj Mishra will walk us through the argument of his groundbreaking 2017 publication Age of Anger: A History of the Present. In a powerful polemic, Mishra argues that the Enlightenment ideals of rational self-interest and humanism are no longer sufficient to explain the world in which we live. Instead, we must look to the wisdom of a number of post-Enlightenment thinkers in an effort to understand that although times may have changed, human nature has not.


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

FGLf 2018 Event - Shankari Chandran - Song of The Sun God

Shankari Chandran: Song of The Sun God

Shankari Chandran will discuss her magnum opus The Sun-God with Jill Eddington former CEO at University of Queensland Press and former Director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts.


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Michael Kumpfmüller: The Craft of Fiction

Michael Kumpfmüller: The Glory of Life

Kumpfmüller’s The Glory of Life tells the story of the final year in the life of the gravely ill Franz Kafka, during which both his love affair with Dora Diamant and the tuberculosis that would ultimately end his life, lent to his daily experience an intensity beautifully chronicled by Kumpfmüller’s radiant prose. Kafka, 40, was already seriously ill with tuberculosis when he spent the summer of 1923 with his sister Elli and her children in a small town on the Baltic coast. There he met Dora, a remarkable woman fifteen years his junior who seems to him the essence of all that is young, alive, and wonderful. The Glory of Life is Michael Kumpfmüller’s fictional recounting of the brief but intense love affair that shielded Kafka from the tumult of a post-World War I Germany wracked by political unrest, economic devastation, anti-Semitism, and the rise of Nazism. This beautifully written, meticulously researched and sensitively translated work reveals love’s ability to carve out a small, simple paradise – a shelter from mounting chaos and a respite, however temporary it might be, from the unrelenting approach of death.

“We may well imagine that the glory of life lies around everyone, and always in its full richness, but obscured, down in the depths, invisible, and far away.” Franz Kafka’s Diaries

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


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Katharine Norbury - The Story of the Fish Ladder

Katharine Norbury: The Story of the Fish Ladder

In this solo presentation, Katharine Norbury, widely acclaimed as one of the rising stars of British fiction, shares the compelling story of the way she came to write The Fish Ladder, a work that has been variously described as memoir, travelogue and nature writing.  Amit Chaudhuri  sees The Fish Ladder as exemplary of the way “we use narrative to understand our place in the world”; Katharine’s detailed and hauntingly beautiful description of her journey upstream following a river from the sea to its source is also an account of her own search for identity. Ultimately the work unfolds in a manner evocative of the observation of Britain’s former poet laureate, Andrew Motion, that nature may unfold for us how ‘the principles of earth. . . . may find a common purpose with the heart”.

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


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - The Fortress of History - Reimagining Space

Calvyn Gilfellan, Angus Leendertz, Ismeth Raheem, & Nilan Cooray: The Fortress of History – Reimagining Space

This session takes place at the initiative of the High Commission for South Africa, and is a panel discussion between four professional in the fields of conservation, history and architecture, who will address the complicated histories of two Dutch Forts: The Castle of Good Hope in South Africa and the Galle Fort in Sri Lanka, where our Festival takes place. The session will provide a platform for sharing the experiences of each nation as it grapples to transform spaces once deeply symbolic of segregation, into areas for integration.

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


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Kiryl Rudy - Behavioral Economics and State Capitalism in Transition Economies

Kiryl Rudy: Behavioral Economics and State Capitalism in Transition Economies

This talk is by a former adviser to the President of Belarus, who has written extensively on a range of economic matters, most recently on Behavioral Economics and State Capitalism in Transition Economies. In a talk illustrated with rich statistical and anecdotal evidence, His Excellency Kiryl Rudy, Ambassador to China for the state of Belarus, will walk us through the basics of this theory while addressing its relevance to an understanding of both individual consumer behaviour and of the dynamics of international economic activity.

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