Thursday, January 25 2018

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8:00 am – 1.00 pm

Channa Daswatte on Contemporary Architecture in the Galle Area.

Channa Daswatte: Contemporary Architecture in the Galle Area

The Modern Movement in architecture transformed itself in Sri Lanka, from being an “International Style” to one wholly rooted in the building traditions of the country, while at the same time, taking on board the salient principles of the Movement.

This illuminating excursion, led by well-known architect Channa Daswatte, will look at a few buildings that are part of the modern architectural history of Sri Lanka. These will include The SOS Children’s Village, the Kerry Hill House and the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel.

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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.

Dabydeen’s 1999 novel, A Harlot’s Progress, is based on a series of pictures painted in 1732 by William Hogarth and develops the story of Hogarth’s black slave boy.

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

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10:00 am – 11:30 am

Michael Kumpfmüller: The Craft of Fiction

Michael Kumpfmüller: The Craft of Fiction

This workshop, conducted by a writer of stunningly beautiful prose, offers an opportunity to practice the craft of writing fiction, exploring the difference between rendering strict verisimilitude and the more poetic business of transforming experience through words.

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

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10:00 am – 2:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Emily Dobbs - Hoppers of Druid Street Market, London

Emily Dobbs: Hoppers of Druid Street Market, London

Chef Emily Dobbs shares her favourite Sri Lankan-inspired recipes for every meal and season, including breakfast, short eats, and a selection of curries and their accompaniments. You’ll also find traditional and original puddings to finish off your meal and tips on how to make your own curry using typical Sri Lankan ingredients.

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

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10:00 am – 12:00 noon

FGLF 2018 Event - Sandra Jensen - Flash Fiction.

Sandra Jensen: Flash Fiction.

Flash (also known as micro fiction, postcard fiction, short shorts, sudden fiction, prose poems) is the art of brevity taken to an extreme, where not only every word counts but every comma and every line break: a complete story in under 1000 words and preferably less. While very short fiction has been around for decades – Chekov, Hemingway, Carver and other luminaries have written flash – the genre’s popularity is taking off, perhaps because a flash story can fit onto a cellphone screen, and can penetrate the tiny cracks in our increasingly hectic lifestyles.

This workshop will cover the what, why and how of flash fiction and participants will come away with at least 2 flash stories to submit to the numerous publications and contests that are looking for flash fiction.

“A good flash, replete with a cohesive plot, rich language and enticing imagery, is perhaps the hardest type of fiction to write. A good flash is so condensed that it borderlines poetry. A good flash engages your mind not only for the short duration of its read, but for a long time after.” – Vestal Review

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11:00 am – 12:00 noon

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

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.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event Day3 - Literary Lunch with Kushanava Choudhury and Jaina Sanga.

Jaina Sanga & Kushanava Choudhury: A Literary Lunch

Join Kushanava Choudhury and Jaina Sanga for lunch at the Amangalla Hotel and enjoy a short reading by each of these exciting new writers whose work speaks eloquently of the competing claims of home and dream.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,000

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12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - David Dabydeen - A Private Affair.

David Dabydeen: A Private Affair

David Dabydeen will share his views on art and the colonial experience and the particular resonance of this topic for the Caribbean.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,000

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12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Justine Picardie - A Private Affair

Justine Picardie: A Private Affair

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

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Ashok Ferrey - The Music of Language

Ashok Ferrey: The Music of Language

Ashok Ferrey, a popular, award-winning writer, will conduct this workshop aimed at helping writers to find and to develop a distinctive writing style – the music that defines an individual’s own particular prose. He will offer tips and exercises aimed at refining the rhythm of  prose and hence, the fluency of narrative.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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.

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3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Programme Event Day2 - Michael Kumpfmuller The Glory of Life

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.)

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3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite - Chef Charles -Lipton Tea and Poetry.

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite: Lipton Tea and Poetry

The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, will read from his critically acclaimed poetry, sharing his experiences of music and poetry – he is also a singer-songwriter. Afternoon Tea will be provided by the generous sponsorship of Lipton, with refreshments provided by celebrated 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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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.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Uzman Anver - Ramparts and Bastions

Uzman Anver: Ramparts and Bastions

An excursion conducted by Galle Fort resident Uzman Anver, who will take you on a tour of the ramparts and bastions and explain the importance of each. The ramparts and bastions, built by the Portuguese and Dutch, concentrated on securing the Fort from inland attacks but the Fort was taken over by the British from the sea.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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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.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Niti Sampat-Patel - The Moon Goddess

Niti Sampat-Patel: The Moon Goddess

Niti Sampat Patel will read to us from her novel ‘The Moon Goddess’ and share the story of her journey as a writer.

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6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Shiromi Pinto - In Search of Minette.

Shiromi Pinto: In Search of Minnette

This gathering presents an opportunity to hear excerpts of Shiromi Pinto’s forthcoming publication on the work of architect Minnette de Silva.

FGLF

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Marie-Caroline Senlis - Bloom

Marie-Caroline Senlis: Bloom

Marie-Caroline will present a new collection of black and white silver gelatin photographs, hand colored with ink, about blossoming trees.

(Marie-Caroline Senlis’ presence at the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Alliance Française de Kotte.)

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FGLF

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Day 1 Event - Soul Sounds In Concert

Soul Sounds: In Concert

Ranked among some of the most renowned choirs in the world, Soul Sounds, a premier female ensemble, directed by well-known pianist and musician, Soundarie David Rodrigo, will perform a selection of its extensive repertoire – from classical to gospel, from Sri Lankan to world music.

(Soul Sounds is sponsored by Festival title sponsor Fairway Holdings Ltd.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,500

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7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Maylis de Kerangal - Corniche Kennedy.

Maylis de Kerangal: Corniche Kennedy (2016)

Based on the eponymous novel by Maylis de Kerangal, this film directed by Dominique Cabrera is set in Marseilles. The title refers to the Corniche du Président-John-Fitzgerald-Kennedy, a boulevard along the coast, and at its heart is a group of contemporary teens who defy the laws of gravity by plunging into the water from a height. Unknown to them, they are being watched by a police chief; the kids are caught between a zero-tolerance policy and their taste for the forbidden, and things are about to go awry . . .

“This is an exhilarating sun-kissed experience, a poetic account set against the ruggedness of nature, in equal measures beautiful and dangerous.” – Marie-Pierre Richard, Dublin French Film Festival

“A powerful, subtle and sensual film on this moment where anything is possible: adolescence.” – Les Fiches du Cinéma

(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.)

FGLF

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Louis De Bernieres - Literary Dinner.

Louis de Bernières: Literary Dinner

Join Louis de Bernières for this dinner at Tamarind Hill, where we hope he may be prevailed upon to share with us not only his recent poetry but also his musical prowess!

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500 – Cancelled Due to Author Illness

Ticket refunds will be issued back to event ticket holders by MyDeal.lk.

FGLF

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Author's Dinner at The Dutch House.

Author’s Dinner: An Evening with  FGLF2018 Authors.

Join Festival Authors for dinner – a chance to get to know your favourite authors in a relaxed and intimate setting.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500 – Sold Out


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