Sir David Hare

Sir David Hare is one of Britain’s best-known screenwriters and playwrights, with over thirty plays and twenty-five screenplays for film and television to his name. His films include The Hours and The Reader, his television works includes Collateral and Page Eight, while his plays include Plenty, Skylight, Racing Demon, Amy’s View and Stuff Happens. In a millennial poll of the hundred best plays of the twentieth century, five were his. 


Sir Don McCullin

Photographer Don McCullin has witnessed some of the most harrowing humanitarian disasters of the last half-century. His assignments included the Vietnam and Biafra War, Northern Ireland, the Lebanese civil war, Belgian Congo, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the fall of Phnom Penh. In pursuit of his work, he was wounded in Cambodia, fell from a roof in Salvador, was imprisoned by the Idi Amin regime in Uganda, and contracted cerebral malaria in West Africa. But in the course of his long career and through his dedication to documenting global wars and conflict, he became celebrated both as a master of black and white photography and as history’s greatest war photographer. He was twice recipient of Premier Awards from the World Press Photo Foundation and received the Cornell Cape Award for Lifetime Achievement. Named Master of Photography at 2016’s Photo London Fair, in 2017 he became a Knight of the Realm, the second photographer (after Cecil Beaton) to have been given such an honour.


Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of seven novels, which have been translated into over 20 languages. Home Fire won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and long listed for the Man Booker Prize; Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction; and A God in Every Stone was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Three of her other novels (In the City by the Sea, Kartography,   Broken Verses) have received awards from the Pakistan Academy of Letters. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and one of Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’, she grew up in Karachi, and now lives in London.


Fatima Bhutto 

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1982. She grew up in Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of four previous books, most recently Songs of Blood and Sword and the highly acclaimed The Shadow of the Crescent Moon which was longlisted in 2014 for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, The Runaways, is published in South Asia by Penguin


Await Fatima’s event in early 2019


Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien is the author of four books, including Dogs at the Perimeter, and a story collection, Simple Recipes. Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize; and won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and long-listed for a Carnegie Medal. Madeleine’s books have been translated into twenty-five languages and her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Brick, frieze, Granta, and elsewhere. She lives in Montreal and New York, and is a Professor of English at Brooklyn College


Romesh Gunesekara

Romesh Gunesekera is internationally acclaimedfor his novels and short stories, including the Booker-shortlisted Reef. Romesh explores key themes of our times – political, environmental, economic- through stories ofwide appeal.Noontide Toll, his most recent book,captures a vital moment in the aftermath of civil warin Sri Lanka and was featured in The New Yorker. In addition to eight books of fiction, including the cricket-inspired novel The Match, he is also the joint author (with A L Kennedy) of The Writers’ & Artists’ Companion to Novel Writing. He was the chair of judges for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and has also judged many other prizes including the Caine Prize and Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Born in Sri Lanka, he lives in London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.


Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo was born in Trinidad, W.I. and lives between Trinidad and Scotland. Capildeo enjoys cross-genre, multilingual writing; place, memory, and plural voices are important to their work. Capildeo’s poetry includes “Measures of Expatriation” (Forward Prize, Best Collection, 2016) and “Venus as a Bear” (Poetry Book Society Choice, 2018). They hold aDPhil in Old Norse literature and translation theory, and have worked in academia; in culture for development; and at the Oxford English Dictionary. Capildeo held the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship and the Harper-Wood Studentship at the University of Cambridge. “Skin Can Hold”, their seventh full-length book (Carcanet, forthcoming 2018), arises from experimental theatre. Capildeo’s non-fiction, on topics ranging from mannequins to masquerade, walking cities to cocoa farming, includes an essay in every PN Review, and has appeared in outlets such as “Granta”, and “Caribbean Beat”. They are a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at the University of Leeds.


Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet, novelist and dancer. Her most recent book—Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (Bloodaxe Books), is a Poetry Book Society summer recommendation— a powerful collection of poems, which deal with coastal living, gender violence, memory, happiness, ageing, and what the point of poetry might be. Her second novel, Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury) will be published in April 2019. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu with her husband and three dogs.


Carlo Pizzati

Fiction and Non-fiction writer Carlo Pizzati is also an award winning journalist. His work comprises two novels, three non-fiction books and a collection of short stories including a book called Mappillai: An Italian son-in-law in India, based on his own life in India where he met his wife. Pizzati has written for a prominent Italian newspaper La Repubblica for 16 years for which he was first based in New York, then Rome, then Mexico City and so forth. He won the Igor Man Prize for a story and then the Leonardo International Prix for a documentary. He now writes about Asia for the Italian national daily La Stampa and editorials for the The Hindu. He was the editor in chief for Kataweb Espana and Virgilio, and has produced and directed TV documentaries for Italian national prime time TV. At the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai, Pizzati teaches communication theory.


Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell is the author of Kathmandu, which is a history of the Nepali capital. He came to Nepal in 2002 to cover the Maoist insurgency which was then raging, and later reported for the Daily Telegraph, the Economist and others from various Asian countries. His next book, Human Nature, explores the history and culture of the Himalayan landscape. He lives in Kathmandu with his family.


Kavitha Buggana

Kavitha Buggana lives in Hyderabad. Her essays and short fiction have been published in River Teeth Journal, Tehelka, Out of Print, and Muse India Magazine. She won first prize at the 2011 Hindu Metroplus Theater Citizen’s Review Contest in Hyderabad. Her travel memoir, “Walking in Clouds” will be released November 2018 by Harper Collins, India. She is currently working on a collection of short stories. In previous avatars, she was a software engineer in Chicago and a developmental economist doing field work in Angallu village, South India.


Lucy Fleming 

Lucy Fleming has extensive performing experience in theatre, television and film. Theatre: When Did You Last See My Mother, As You Like It, Richard II, A Patriot For Me, Hay Fever, Middle-Age Spread, A Personal Affair, A Kind of Alaska, Our Song, That Good Night, The Constant Wife and most recently As Good a Time as Any at The Print Room. Her many TV appearances include Richard II, Smiley’s People, Pride and Prejudice, The Avengers, A Dance to the Music of Time, Mr Bean, Rosemary and Thyme and Law and Order. She played Jenny in the 1970’s series, Survivors. On film Lucy featured in Ken Loach’s A Misfortune, as well as The Sorrows, Katherine  and The Boat that Rocked among others. She played Lady Wavell in Viceroy’s House. On Radio 4 she was Miranda Elliot in The Archers. She has just finished filming Gifts of the Heart written and directed by Chris Craymer.


Simon Williams

Simon’s recent films are  Viceroy’s House and Good Bye Christopher Robin.  His last London stage appearance was in Alan Bennett’s Allelujah!Before that he was in Versailles at the Donmar and in the stage version of Chariots of Fire. Prior to that he starred as Sir Humphrey in Yes Prime Minister, and was in the David Hare play The Power of Yes at The National Theatre. TV credits include Sensitive Skin, Dr Who, Don’t Wait Up, Sherlock Holmes,  Midsommer Murders, Spooks, Bletchley Park and  EastEnders. Long ago he was Captain Bellamy in Upstairs Downstairs. He’s soon to be seen be in Poldark. He plays Justin Elliott in The Archers on BBC Radio 4. He has written six stage plays and two novels. He currently has a weekly column in The Telegraph Magazine. He has seven grandchildren and lives with his wife, Lucy Fleming and their cockapoo, in Oxfordshire.


Tassie Seneviratne

Tassie Seneviratne is a Retired Senior Superintendent of Police who held the post of Director Special Branch in the Intelligence Wing of the Police Department. He is an activist for Human Rights, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption affairs. In addition to being the author of ‘Human Rights and Policing’, he is also a member of Transparency International (Sri Lanka).


Anthony Horowitz

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is one of the most prolific and successful writers in the UK and is unique for working across so many genres. His many TV shows include MIDSOMER MURDERS, COLLISION, NEW BLOOD and the BAFTA-award winning FOYLE’S WAR. As a novelist, his Alex Rider books have sold over 16 million copies and he is the only modern writer to have been invited back to write two James Bond novels. His new novel, THE SENTENCE IS DEATH, continues the adventures of ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne and comes out in November 2018. He lives in London with his wife, how two sons and his dog, Boss.


Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is a journalist, editor and broadcaster. She was the first female graduate trainee at the Financial Times and has worked for national newspapers since the age of 23. She has written four novels and two volumes of diaries. She is a co-presenter on Sky News The Pledge topical debate show and makes frequent appearances on Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Marr and other programmes. She was the ninth editor of The Lady magazine (2009-2011). For six years she wrote a weekly comment column for the Mail on Sunday, and now writes a diary for the New European newspaper and contributes to many other publications, especially The Times. She is the rock critic of the Oldie magazine. She lives in London and Somerset.



Charles Cumming

Charles Cumming was born in Scotland in 1971. Shortly after university he was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), an experience that inspired his first novel, A Spy by Nature. He has written several bestselling thrillers, including A Foreign Country, which won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller and the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year. He lives in London.


Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe

Ramya has written poetry, a few books of non-fiction, more than a few feature and op-ed pieces to newspapers and some copy for advertisements. Her first collection of poems, There’s an Island in the Bone won the 2011 Sri Lanka State Literary Joint Award. Ramya was long listed for the Fish Poetry Prize,, Ireland,  2011, and was a joint runner-up to the Guardian Orange First Words Prize, UK, 2009. The TimesOnline, UK, featured her in its 2009 selection of contemporary war poetry. Her most recent book of poems, Love Poems from a Frangipani Garden, is published by Mica Press, UK. She lives in Colombo.


Dinah Jefferies

Dinah Jefferies lives in the UK but was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. Her South-East Asian childhood held a special place in her imagination, and when she began writing fiction in her 60s, she returned there on annual research trips for each new book. Dinah Jefferies is the author of several bestselling novels: The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Sunday Times number one bestseller- set in Sri Lanka when it was known as Ceylon, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, Before the Rains and The Sapphire Widow, also set in Sri Lanka but this time in Galle. Her upcoming book, The Missing Sister, will be published in March 2019 andis set in 1930s Burma. Her books are published across the world.


Nandana Sen

Nandana Dev Sen is a children’s author, a child-rights activist and an award-winning actor. She has written six books translated into fifteen languages, and starred in twenty feature films from four continents. Nandana’s first book Kangaroo Kisses was selected by 320 U.K. nurseries as a “Book of Excellence”, and her interactive storytelling sessions have been loved by over 20,000 kids across the world. After studying literature at Harvard and filmmaking at U.S.C., Nandana worked as a book editor, a screenwriter, a poetry translator, a script doctor, an advocate for child protection, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Nandana has served on the jury of a number of child-rights committees as well as international film festivals and literary awards, including the DSC Prize for Literature, 2018.  As Ambassador, Nandana works with children (and grown-ups) at RAHI, Operation Smile and Apne Aap Women Worldwide, to fight against child abuse. Nandana lives in New York, London and Kolkata, and loves to eat, play, bike, dance, rhyme, and argue.


Senthuran Varatharajah 

Senthuran Varatharajah, born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka is a novelist based in Berlin. Four months after his birth his family fled to Germany due to the Sri Lankan Civil War. Varatharajah studied philosophy, theology and comparative cultural studies in Marburg, Berlin and London. His debut novel Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen (Before signs increase) was published in March 2016 by S. Fischer. Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen examines the influence of genocide, war and flight on language by telling the story of two people forced to flee their native country, Sri Lanka and Kosovo. Varatharajah received several major awards and grants for his first book, including the 3Sat-Preis, the Kranichsteiner Literaturförderpreis, the Bremer Literaturföderpreis, the Adalbert-von-Chamisso-Förderpreis, the Rauriser Literaturpreis, the Alfred-Döblin-Stipendium from the Berlin Academy of Arts, twice the Arbeits- und Recherchestipendium from the Senate of Berlin as well as the Werkstipendium from the German Literature Fund.


Anne Enright 

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has published three collections of stories, collected as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which was the Irish Novel of the Year, and won the Irish Fiction Award and the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and most recently The Green Road, shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the International Dublin Literary Award and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. From 2015 to 2018 she was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction.


Herve Le Tellier 

Hervé Le Tellier is a French writer and linguist, and, since 1992, a member of the international literary group Oulipo (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle, “workshop of potential literature”). Other notable members include Raymond Queneau, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Jacques Roubaud, or Harry Mathews.

Known for his taste for short stories and fragments, like Atlas inutilis (Black books) or A Thousand Pearls (Dalkey Archive), he is also the author of theatre pieces, and novels, five of them, including Enough about love (Other Press) and The Sextine Chapel (Dalkey) have been translated in English. He often follows sets of literary constraints based on mathematics to spur literary creation.

Le Tellier is also one of the Papous dans la tête, the cult literary quiz of France Culture, the French cultural radio station. He became in 2002 a daily contributor to the newspaper Le Monde with a short satirical chronicle called Papier de verre (glass paper).


Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie is a fashion writer, a novelist and a biographer. She is currently the Editor-In-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town and Country UK. She has authored five books including Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life which was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards for Picardie’s inspection and research on the fashion icon. Picardie has held several editorial positions including at the British Vogue, Observer and the Independent. She was also a fashion columnist for the Sunday Telegraph. Her memoir My mother’s Wedding Dress: The Life and Afterlife of Clothes chronicles various clothing pieces in her life that why we care about clothing and fashion. Her talk on on Coco Chanel’s biography at the FGLF 2018 was wildly popular.



Megan Dakshini

With an unapologetic belief in magic, madness and Santa Claus and a slightly unhealthy obsession with coffee and the moon, Megan is a creative multidisciplinary who toys with a few pet expressive avenues like writing, voice acting, singing, yoga and art direction & design for advertising. Her often melancholy and gritty short verse found it’s home on instagram and has now made it into a debut collection “Poison Apple” published by Unsolicited Press, USA. 

Megan is an Alumni of Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya and holds a BA in Advertising from RMIT University Melbourne. She currently co-runs a small creative thinktank, The Next Big Think, which handles advertising and marketing campaigns for small niche businesses. She is also a mum to seven year old Navya. 



Suzy Hansen

Suzy Hansen is an American journalist who has lived in Istanbul, Turkey for over ten years. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, where she writes mainly on Turkish politics, and has written about foreign affairs for many other publications. 

Her first book about America’s role in the Middle East, Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World, was published in 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan Award for Best Nonfiction Book on International Affairs, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.




Fabienne Francotte

Belgium-born artist (based in Colombo since 2016) FF’s practise began 18 years ago while studying arabic calligraphy. Today Fabienne is inspired by her personal journey through daily life and the complexity of the identity of each persona. She speaks about the interior human world, at times disturbing, but always beautiful. The portraits shown here in Galle tell a story, they are symbolizing the grace and importance of Muslim individuals in the Fort. She creates portraits showing magnetic personalities rather their celebrities. The characters are all anonymous. She never works with real originals, she treats her models like images of her imagination. The installation extending the limits of graffiti showing monumental poster prints invites you to an emphatic compassion. Her style is simple and her drawing is powerful. The portrait is central and the details are surprising even in this open space minimised work.



Nicole May

Nicole May graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA (Hons) in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management.

A poet, producer, spoken word artist and workshop facilitator, Nicole has performed and taught spoken word nationally and internationally. As Director of Young Identity, a highly successful creative writing and performance organization she has worked and performed alongside writers such as: Amiri Baraka, Saul Williams, Kei Miller, Jean “Blinta” Breeze, Lemn Sissay, Mo Brown, Jive Poetic, Zena Edwards, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kate Tempest.

As one of twelve poets commissioned by the BBC, she wrote the North-West Poem for National Poetry Day. In April, she performed at the Schaubühne in Berlin, where the production received a standing ovation at FIND18. In 2016, Nicole launched AndWhat TV, an online spoken word channel. Nicole is a trustee and a member of the Engagement Advisory Group at The Royal Exchange Theatre.


Bachi Karkaria

Bachi Karkaria is considered a game changer in Indian journalism, specialising in local-centric and reader-friendly newspapers mainly at The Times of India group. She was the first Indian board member of the World Editors Forum. Her specialisations are urbanisation, gender and public health. Her corpus of AIDS reportage changed both policy and social attitudes.

She designed the highly regarded Times of India Litfest, Mumbai, in 2011, and continues as its director.

She writes two popular columns: the satirical `Erratica’ in The Times of India (circulation 4.5m daily), and Giving Gyan, playing ‘Agony Aunt’ in the Mumbai Mirror. She appears regularly on television news channels. As media trainer, she also conducted master classes in Hanoi and Cairo for the World Editors Forum and the Ford Foundation’s Media Development Program in Egypt.

Ms Karkaria’s books include the critically acclaimed In Hot Blood: The Nanavati Case That Shook India, Dare to Dream, a best-selling biography of MS Oberoi; Mills, Molls And Moolah, Behind The Times, Mumbai Masti, The Cake That Walked, two collections of her Erratica columns, and most recently that of Giving Gyan.


Channa Daswatte

Channa Daswatte is one of Sri Lanka’s leading architects who lives and practices in Kotte. He was a friend, confidant and principal assistant to Sri Lanka’s most prolific and influential architect, Geoffrey Bawa. He also writes frequently for international and local journals and magazines, and co-authored Sri Lanka Style – Tropical Design and Architecture with Dominic Sansoni. Over the years, Channa has written widely on the architecture of Sri Lanka.


Sarah Kabir

Sarah Kabir is a researcher, and humanitarian worker. She has a BSc in Social Policy from the University of Bristol and an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics. After her Masters, she worked on peacebuilding and development work. She has participated in research projects concerned with Philanthropy and Development, Diaspora and Remittances, and Pesticides and Global Health alongside researchers from the Universities of Sussex and Durham. In addition, she has worked with
various international and local organisations within the civil society sector. Her work appears in various academic publications and research reports.


Justin Whyte

Justin Whyte is an Australian born composer, songwriter, jazz pianist, vocalist and producer. Of Irish Scottish decent, he was born into a musical and artistic family. He studied classical piano from the age of seven and graduated from Melbourne University (VCA) where he studied jazz piano.

Justin has performed with some of the finest improvisors in Australia ranging from jazz, blues, Latin and House and spent over twenty-five years in Melbourne’s most prominent Salsa ensembles touring nationally and internationally with artists from Cuba and South America. He composes music across multiple genres and fusions.

Justin teaches improvisation, composition and song writing to teenagers and adults alike with the emphasis on sentiment, story, metaphor, intuition and simple phrasing principles.

He has been performing in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, New Orleans, Sri Lanka and Australia. 

Justin will be involved in three events in this year’s festival.


John Makinson

John Makinson is the Chairman of Kano, a fast-growing British company that designs and makes computer kits for children to assemble and programme. John is also Chair of Comic Relief, USA, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, UK. He is a Director of Harvard University Press; through 2016, John was the Chairman of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest consumer book publisher.
John began his career as a journalist first at Reuters and then at the Financial Times, where he edited the influential Lex Column. Following a spell in the United States with Saatchi & Saatchi, he returned to the UK to establish Makinson Cowell, an independent consultancy. John returned to the FT in 1994 as the newpaper’s Managing Director and two years later was appointed Financial Director of Pearson, the FT’s parent. In 2002, he joined Penguin Group, another Pearson company, as its Chairman and CEO.
John has chaired a number of organisations in the not-for-profit sector, including the UK’s leading progressive think tank IPPR, the humanitarian organization International Rescue Committee UK, and the National Theatre, UK. He divides his time between New York and London.


Georgina Godwin

Georgina Godwin is an independent broadcast journalist. A regular chair of literary events worldwide, she’s the voice of the Arts Podcast for The British Council and Books Editor for Monocle 24 as well as the presenter of the in-depth author interview show “Meet the Writers” and the award winning current affairs programme “The Globalist”. A frequent television commentator, Georgina has interviewed a wide range of public figures from literary giants and debut novelists to prominent politicians, musicians and artists, for a diverse range of media outlets.

Born in Zimbabwe, and educated there and at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, she was a founder member of SWRadio Africa, Zimbabwe’s first independent radio station and of the Harare International Festival of the Arts. She serves on the board of the charity, Developing Artists and is a fellow of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation. She lives in London and tweets @georginagodwin


Charles Dissanayake

Multi Award Winning Chef Charles is the Owner/Chef of Boutique Catering Company One World One Kitchen in New York City. His high-profile clients include A-List celebrities like Paul McCartney,  Neil Patrick Harris, Debra Messing & VIP clients like Wall Street Billionaire Larry Robbins. Chef Charles has also set up and run two high end Restaurants in NYC. A French Restaurant called Vis-à-vis in Brooklyn and a contemporary fine dinning restaurant called Village Prime in the West Village in Manhattan. Chef Charles cooking style is Global Contemporary Cuisine. Originally hailing from the beautiful Island of Sri Lanka, Charles has grown up and lived in many cultures and traditions from across the world including Ethiopia, Nigeria, England, Mexico and the United States and these global influences continue to inspire him in molding his signature style of cooking. Chef Charles Disanayake Comes from a corporate background and has an MBA in Strategic Marketing and over 12 years of experience working for top Global management consulting firms and Advertising Agencies. His passion for food and cooking made him change careers and hasn’t looked back since. Chef Charles was also the 2017 finalist on the longest running TV cooking completion “Chopped” aired in the U.S.A 


The Chamber Music Society of Colombo

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo is Sri Lanka’s premier string and woodwind ensemble. The group performs under the baton of Lakshman Joseph de Sarem, an internationally renowned conductor and impresario. The CMSC performs under the sponsorship of Fairway Holdings and will this year present a world premiere performance at the FGLF.


Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif was born in Okara, Pakistan. He graduated from the Pakistan Air Force Academy as Pilot Officer but subsequently left to pursue a career in journalism. He has written for stage, film and BBC Radio. His first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel. He was the head of the BBC Urdu Service in London and now works as their special correspondent based in Karachi.



Ishan de Lanerolle & the Cathedral Choir

Ishan de Lanerolle and the Cathedral Choir.
This is a mixed voice choir with a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music. The choir sings under the musical direction of Ishan de Lanerolle, an internationally celebrated voice artist and choral director.


Archana Pidathala

Archana Pidathala is the author of Five Morsels of Love, a cookbook based on her grandmother’s 1974 South Indian cookbook, Vanita Van?akalu. In 2017 Five Morsels of Love was shortlisted for the prestigious Art of Eating prize – an award that recognizes excellence in food writing. Archana holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from NIT Warangal and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, and spent over a decade in the technology world before quitting her Product Management job to recreate her grandmother’s recipes. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and seven-year-old son. 


No Names

Catch the compelling theatrical and energetic wordplay of No Names in a tri-lingual performance at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, children’s free festival – 5.15 p.m – 6.00 p.m at the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum of Folk Culture on the 19th of January.