FGLF 2018 Festival Pass

The 2018 Festival Pass gives you access to 36 literary events taking place during the festival from January 24th through January 28th, 2018.

FGLF 2018 Festival Pass Covered Events

Festival Pass: Rs. 14,000 – Sold Out

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Festival 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

  • Event: In Conversation with Jennifer Hart
  • Participant: David Dabydeen
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

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.


10:00 am – 11:00 am

Bachi Karkaria: The Jury is Out - The Case That Ended Trial By Jury in India

Bachi Karkaria: The Jury is Out – The Case That Ended Trial By Jury in India

  • Event: In Conversation with Savithri Rodrigo
  • Participant: Bachi Karkaria
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 250 seats

Mark Twain regarded trial by jury as “the most ingenious and infallible agency for defeating justice that human wisdom could contrive”.

Certainly the sensational trial and acquittal by jury of Kawas Nanavati in 1959 seems proof positive of Twain’s pronouncement. Bachi Karkaria’s In Hot Blood, the first non-fiction account of the 1959 murder case that shook India, is a skilfully paced revisiting of this famous crime and its repercussions for Indian jurisprudence. In this conversation between two senior and highly respected journalists, one the writer of In Hot Blood , the other a senior journalist with extensive editorial experience, the dual nature of the media –  provider of timely information yet potential source of unjust trial by the fourth estate – will be explored by reference to a case  performing a signal role in legal history.


11:00 am – 12:00 noon

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

SALLYANNE ATKINSON: No Job for a Woman

  • Event: In Conversation with Ashok Ferrey
  • Participant: Sallyanne Atkinson
  • Location: Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing, Galle
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 50 seats

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

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Pankaj Mishra
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

“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

  • Event: In Conversation with Jill Eddington
  • Participant: Shankari Chandran
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Availability: 250 seats

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

  • Event: In Conversation with Jill Macdonald
  • Participant: Michael Kumpfmüller
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

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

  • Event: In Conversation with Amit Chaudhuri
  • Participant: Katharine Norbury
  • Location: Southlands College, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • Availability: 500 seats

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

  • Event: In Conversation with Her Excellency Robina P. Marks, High Commissioner for South Africa in Sri Lanka
  • Participant: Calvyn Gilfellan, Angus Leendertz, Ismeth Raheem & Nilan Cooray
  • Location: Amangalla Hotel Lobby, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 100 seats

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

  • Event: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Kiryl Rudy
  • Location: Galle Heritage Villa, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 50 seats

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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Festival Pass Events – Friday, January 26 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

  • Even: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • 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?


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
  • 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.


10:00 am – 11:00 am

FGLF 2018 Event Day3 - Sufism with Bruce Wannell.

Bruce Wannell: Sufism, Mysticism and Persian Poetry

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Bruce Wannell
  • Location: Scout’s Headquarters, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 60 seats

Bruce Wannell’s Sufism: Mystical Writings of Islam is a work close to the writer’s heart. Known as a travel writer who produced an Odyssey Guide to travel in Iran, Bruce’s reasons for travelling and living so extensively in the Middle East are perhaps less well documented. In this solo session he will share with us his passion for Persian poetry and what he has learned from it about the country in which he has travelled so extensively.

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


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

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.)


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
  • 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.)


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.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event Day3 - Sallyanne Atkinson, Herman Gunaratne, Charles Allen, Anura Gunasekara -Plantation Raj.

Sallyanne Atkinson, Herman Gunaratne, Charles Allen 7 Anura Gunasekara: Plantation Raj

This panel brings together four speakers with a close connection to the plantation industry during the colonial era. Charles Allen is a historian whose sensitive study of Rudyard Kipling, Kipling Sahib, presents both Kipling and, by extension, the Raj era itself, in a more favourable light than is often the case in historical studies of the period. Herman Gunaratne is a planter whose time in the profession includes both the British colonial era and the present; he is also the writer of a number of books, one of which – Plantation Raj – gives the title to this session. Sallyanne Atkinson grew up in Colombo and was a student of Bishop’s College while her father worked in Colombo at a firm involved in the tea industry in the early years of Sri Lanka’s Independence. Together, these three writers will discuss their experiences of Ceylon and Sri Lanka.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Amit Chaudhuri & Kushanava Choudhury - Two Tales of One City.

Amit Chaudhuri & Kushanava Choudhury: Two Tales of One City

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)

In this session, two writers originally from Calcutta will discuss their powerful representations of the city in print. Kushanava’s Calcutta; The Epic City has been described by William Dalrymple as “a love letter to Calcutta” and as “marking the arrival of a new star” Amit’s Calcutta: Two Years in the City is a fascinating account of the city in which he was born but did not live in until rather later in life.

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


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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

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

  • Event: Fairway Galle Literary Festival Panel
  • Participant: Laaleen Sukhera & Gayathri Warnasuriya
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

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 reading from former Festival Curator Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Cinnamon Gardens.


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Hilali Noordeen - Innovations in Surgery.

Hilali Noordeen: Innovations in Surgery

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Hilali Noordeen
  • Location: The Galle Heritage Villa, Galle
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 50 seats

The last living Sri Lankan former President of the Oxford Union will put his considerable eloquence and powers of oratory to work sharing with us his experience of innovations in orthopaedic surgery. A Renaissance man if ever there was one, Hilali brings to his subject a very considerable knowledge of men and matters that has informed a successful career as a highly sought after spinal surgeon.


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

“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.


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
  • 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. 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!

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Festival Pass Events – Saturday, January 27 2018

9:30 am – 10:30 am

FGLF 2018 Event Day4 - The Ambassadors to China

Nirupama Rao and David Dabydeen: Ambassadors & Ministers Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to China

  • Event: Fairway Galle Literary Festival Panel
  • Participant: David Dabydeen & Nirupama Rao
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 250 seats

David Dabydeen was the first Ambassador of Guyana to China. Nirupama Rao, former Foreign Secretary of India, was Ambassador of India to China. In this wide-ranging panel discussion, these two diplomats who are also prolific writers, will share with us their reflections on China’s changing role in the international political and economic landscape and on what this might mean for the future of their own countries and of ours.

(Nirupama’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Amari Galle.)


10:00 am – 11:00 am

FGLF 2018 Event - Shrabani Basu & Gananath Obeysekera - Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown.

Shrabani Basu & Gananath Obeysekera: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown

  • Event: In Conversation with Ameena Hussain
  • Participant: Shrabani Basu & Gananath Obeysekera
  • Location: Fairway Pavillion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 250 seats

Two writers, one a historian and the other an anthropologist, will discuss the research that led to works reappraising the final years in the reign of two monarchs who played a seminal role in the histories not only of their own nations, but in the international arena of their times. Sharabani presents history with a writer’s sense of drama; Gananath obtained a first in English before pursuing anthropology. The historical research of each author is, perhaps as a result, delivered to us with a writer’s flair and eye for passion.


11:00 am – 12:00 noon

FGLF 2018 Event - The Lord David Puttnam - Climate Change - A View From The Future

The Lord David Puttnam: Climate Change – A View From The Future

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Lord David Puttnam
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

Lord Puttnam looks at the environmental challenges – as well as the political and economic interests – which threaten the world for our children and grandchildren. How will future generations view the level of responsibility we’re currently showing for the future of our planet?


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Louis De Bernière’s Mandolin.

Louis De Bernières: Louis De Bernière’s Mandolin

  • Event: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Louis de Bernières
  • Location: Southlands College, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

In this session, Louis de Bernières will speak to us about the music of language and the integral role music had played in his writing career. He will talk about his interests and output both of poetry and prose, and about the significance of his newest poetry being available only in audio form. We hope he may be prevailed upon to play his mandolin, as well!


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

FGLF2018 Event Day4 - Charulatha Abeysekera and Chhimi Tenduf La - A Duet

Charulatha Abeysekera & Chhimi Tenduf-La: A Duet

In this session, two very fine Sri Lankan writers will discuss with Sallyanne Atkinson, who grew up in Sri Lanka, the influences of their own lives and upbringing on their works. Charulatha Abeysekera’s novel Stories won this year’s Gratiaen Award; Chimmi The session will explore the extent to which place and origins impact on the genesis of a writer’s creative output.

Charulatha’s novel Stories won this year’s Gratiaen Award; Chimmi’s three works of fiction have enjoyed widespread acclaim.


2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Maylis de Kerangal, Shrabani Basu, Sebastian Faulks & Alexander McCall Smith - Translating Print into Film.

Maylis de Kerangal, Shrabani Basu, Sebastian Faulks & Alexander McCall Smith: Translating Print into Film

Four writers whose work has been translated from the medium of the word to that of the film, share their experiences of seeing their creations – or the subjects of their research – taking flesh and blood form and appearing on screen. The competing claims of feature film and television series will also be explored in this discussion of the hazards and triumphs of the process of translating the written word into motion picture format. The session will be moderated by Ashok Ferrey, who will bring his rich experience of the film industry and of writing, to bear on the discussion.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Justine Picardie - On Coco Chanel.

Justine Picardie: On Coco Chanel

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Justine Picardie
  • Location: Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing, Galle
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 50 seats

This is a chance to hear first hand about the Editor of Harper’s Bazaar’s best-selling biography of Coco Chanel.


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Sebastian Faulks- A Private Affair!

Sebastian Faulks: A Retrospective

  • Participant: Sebastian Faulks
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

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


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Charles Allen - Ashoka - The Search for India’s Lost Emperor.

Charles Allen: Ashoka – The Search for India’s Lost Emperor

  • Event: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Charles Allen
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 250 seats

From 270BC to 233BC, Ashoka ruled every part of the subcontinent except for India’s southernmost tip, an empire larger than that of any Indian ruler before or since; his influence spilled even further abroad, into Sri Lanka and past the furthest border of present-day Afghanistan. He shepherded the rise of one of the world’s major religions, and in a remarkable U-turn, he transformed himself from a callous conqueror into an intelligent and pacific ruler. Yet, as Charles Allen’s Ashoka shows, the details of his life had to be prised out from the crevice of the past, in a process that revealed as much about the emperor as about the caprices of Indian history. (Samanth Subramanian).


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Bruce Wannell - Travel Writing

Bruce Wannell: Travelling in Iran

  • Event: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Bruce Wannell
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 60 seats

In this panel, Bruce Wannell, traveller, translator and scholar – author of a travel guide to Iran will take us on a journey through country, sharing with us the many tales arising from his wanderings in this country he has come to know so well.

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


5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane - Murder She Said.

Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane: Murder She Said

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Duration: 1:15 hrs
  • Availability: 500 seats

During a career spanning over thirty years in the field of law, Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane has garnered a reputation for her dedication to human rights and the rule of law whilst scoring many firsts as a female in the Sri Lankan legal system. Her passion and pursuit of equality and justice are reflected in her extensive efforts in gender education, child rights and environmental law in both local and international contexts.

Join her in an exploration of the complexities of the administration of the law and especially the criminal law, as she embarks upon an examination of three gripping murder trials in Sri Lanka. The absorbing narrative will transport the audience into the world of criminal investigation where they will discover the challenges faced by investigators. The audience will develop a greater appreciation of the intricacies of forensic evidence such as DNA, and fingerprint analysis and will be led acknowledge the importance of the skill of investigators which has the potential to change the course of an investigation.

FGLF

Festival Pass Events – Sunday, January 28 2018

9:30 am – 10:30 am

FGLF 2018 Event - Alexander McCall Smith - The Number One Detective of Human Nature.

Alexander McCall Smith: The Number One Detective of Human Nature

  • Event: Thinking Out Loud
  • Participant: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Availability: 275 seats.

In this session, the prolific writer of The Number One Ladies’ Detective Series will share with us his experiences as an observer of human nature, a writer and a critic.

Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics Alexander McCall Smith, OBE, has in a long writing life, perfected the art of the deft, brief and astute observation and assessment of human nature – a skill perhaps not unconnected to his experience as medical practitioner. In many ways a Jane Austen for Zimbabwe, McCall Smith, like Austen, explores humanity on what seems a small stage – the space of a particular local community – and in so doing startlingly brings to life the sweep and expanse of human experience.

(Alexander McCall Smith’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Sri Lanka Telecom.)


10:45 am – 11:45 am

FGLF 2018 Event - Richard Flanagan - The Narrow Road to The Deep North and First Person.

Richard Flanagan: The Narrow Road to The Deep North and First Person

  • Event: In Conversation with Chris Hanley
  • Participant: Richard Flanagan
  • Location: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle.
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs.
  • Availability: 250 seats.

Mark Twain, describing the journey that would take him to Australia, famously said that truth is stranger than fiction.  Richard Flanagan goes one step further and says  “Fiction is not a lie but a truth, a necessary truth  . . . Without fiction, we poison ourselves on the lies of the first person . . . For if story as lies leads us to a dark place, story as fiction offers the possibility of transcendence and liberation, the recognition of the many things each of us are.”

Richard Flanagan began his most recent novel First Person before he won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to The Deep North. In conversation with fellow Australian Chris Hanley, Founder of the Byron Bay Literary Festival, Richard will share with us the extraordinary story of how he came to write First Person and arising from that, his views on the writing experience and in particular, on the relationship between self and creation.

(Richard Flanagan’s presence at the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Festival title sponsor Fairway Holdings Ltd.)


12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Pankaj Mishra & Nisid Hajari - Whither Asia?

Pankaj Mishra & Nisid Hajari: Whither Asia?

  • Event: In Conversation.
  • Participant: Pankaj Mishra & Nisid Hajari
  • Location: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle.
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs.
  • Availability: 250 seats.

In this, the Final Festival session for 2018, Pankaj Mishra, one of the foremost intellectuals of the day and acclaimed writer of the 2017 publication Age of Anger: A History of the Present, will discuss the future of Asia through the lens of the past with Nisid Hajari, foreign affairs analyst and author of Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.

(Pankaj Mishra’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of DFCC Bank.)

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