2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival – Day 4

Saturday, January 27 2017

Colombo Box Office : MyDeal.lk, No. 740, Galle Road, Colombo 04
Galle Box Office : Barefoot Galle Fort, 41 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort
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9:00 AM – 12.00 Noon

EXCURSION: Channa Daswatte on A Walk Through Time and Style.

Channa Daswatte: A Walk Through Time & Style

  • Event: Excursion
  • Participant: Channa Daswatte
  • Location: Meet at Amangalla Hotel at 8:45 am, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

Walk through the Galle Fort with well-known architect Channa Daswatte, to look at the stylistic variety of Sri Lankan architecture from the 17th to the 20th Century. The Galle Fort, for various historical and social reasons, has managed to preserve an extraordinary range of architecture that represents most of the architectural styles of the last half of the millennium. The walk will follow a series of landmark buildings that embody the stylistic features of the various periods in Sri Lankan architectural history from Baroque, Classical, Gothic, Victorian, Edwardian, Indigenous Decorative, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern and the 20th Century eclectic styles.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • 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 three 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.)

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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FGLF

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival Sinhala Day

  • Participant: Lakshantha Athukorala, Piyankarage Bandula Jayaweera, Suharshini Dharmarathne, Nissanka Wijemanne, Anurasiri Hettige, Wimal Udaya Hapugodaarachchi, Keerthi Welisarage, Deepthi Mangala Rajapaksha, Dileepa Abeysekera, Asoka Handagama, Saman Wickramarachchi, Sumithra Rahubaddha, Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Sudarsana Samaraweera and Kanchana Priyakantha. Moderators: Prabhath Jayasinghe, Anomaa Rajakaruna, Prabha Manuratne and Sahan Kaseera Wickramasinghe.
  • Location: Scout’s Headquarters, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 6:30 hrs
  • Access: FREE
  • Availability: 500 seats

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival, for the second year, has an entire day of Sinhala programming that brings together some of the most thought-provoking and creative poets, short story writers, novelists and critics for discussion, debate and readings.

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FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • 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.

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FGLF

10:00 am – 11:30 am

FGLF 2018 Event - Katharine Norbury - Writing about Landscape.

Katharine Norbury: Writing about Landscape

  • Event: Workshop
  • Participant: Katharine Norbury
  • Location: Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing, Galle
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

Part travel writing, part natural history, writing about landscape requires special skills of observation and connection with the land. In this special and unusual workshop, Katharine Norbury will share her experiences travelling, recording and connecting with the natural environment and share her views on the ways this experience may inform a writer’s craft.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

10:00 am – 11:30 am

FGLF 2018 Event - Bruce Wannell - Travel Writing

Bruce Wannell: Travel Writing

  • Event: Workshop
  • Participant: Bruce Wannell
  • Location: Amangalla Hotel Library, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

In this session, Bruce Wannell will share his experience of producing a travel book on Iran and more generally, on the qualities and techniques required for stimulating and successful travel writing.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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

  • Event: Cookery Class followed by Lunch
  • Participant: Emily Dobbs
  • Location: The Sun House, Galle
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 4:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

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.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • 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?

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FGLF

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event Day4 - Literary Lunch with Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Rao: A Literary Lunch

  • Event: Literary Lunch
  • Participant: Nirupama Rao
  • Location: Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 40 seats

Join this successful diplomat with a China connection.

Nirupama Rao, former Foreign Secretary of India, will share her experiences of the relationships between her own country and China at pivotal times in the relationships between these states.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500

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FGLF

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Sebastian Faulks- A Private Affair!

Sebastian Faulks: A Private Affair!

  • Event: Shhh … It’s Private!
  • Participant: Sebastian Faulks
  • Location: Noted on ticket
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - Nisid Hajari - A Literary Lunch.

Nisid Hajari: A Private Affair

  • Event: Shhh … It’s Private!
  • Participant: Nisid Hajari
  • Location: Fort Printers, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

Join author and international journalist Nisid Hajari to discuss Midnight’s Furies – his award-winning account of the 1947 Partition of India and its impact on South Asia today – as well as the broader forces that are reshaping modern Asia, from a rising China to Donald Trump.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,000 – SOLD OUT

FGLF

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

FGLF 2018 Event - The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite - A Private Affair!

The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite: A Private Affair!

  • Event: Shhh … It’s Private!
  • Participant: Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite
  • Location: Noted on ticket
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,000 – SOLD OUT

FGLF

12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Growing up … Threatened Adolescence

  • Event: Lunchtime Illuminations
  • Participant: Filmmakers – Sudath Abeysiriwardana, Dananjaya Bandara, Mahasen Kalahe Sumudu Athukorala, Thisara Mangala Bandara.
  • Location: Halle de Galle, Galle fort.
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hr.
  • Access: FREE EVENT
  • Availability: 500 seats.

The expectations of the state, society and family can influence and control aspirations of youth regardless of their social background.

These young short filmmakers are exploring the issues related to growing up in in post-war Sri Lanka. These short films are expressions of how the state, law and order as well as people – as individuals and as communities – take control of the youth.

FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: CANCELLED due to author having fallen ill.

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!

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – CANCELLED due to author having fallen ill.

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

FGLF

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Sandra Jensen - Flash Fiction.

Sandra Jensen: Diving into Story

(More suitable for teenagers between 14-17 years)

  • Event: Workshop
  • Participant: Sandra Jensen
  • Location: Galle Fort Hotel, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

We all have a story to tell, and our stories matter. Stories give us the chance to be heard, help us find out who we really are, and keep us company at night. Stories connect us to others; and perhaps stories help the world become whole.

Some of us know exactly what we want to write and many of us do not, but still feel we have something to say. There is a tale waiting deep inside, one that just needs the right space to encourage the words to find their way onto the page. Here in this workshop there are no grades, no exams, no wrong way to write. In fact you don’t have to know anything at all to start writing, just a willingness to begin. This is writing without restrictions, a thrilling and sometimes life-changing experience.

By the end of the workshop, you will have begun at least one story, and you will leave knowing how to continue.

No formal writing experience necessary.

“When a man talks from his heart, in his moment of truth, he speaks poetry.”Ray Bradbury

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

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

Charulatha Abeysekera & Chhimi Tenduf-La: A Duet

  • Event: A Duet
  • Participant: Charulatha Abeysekera & Chimmi Tenduf-La
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 250 seats

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.

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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FGLF

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.

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FGLF

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

FGLF 2018 Event Day 4 - Amit Chaudhuri on his book Friend of my Youth

Amit Chaudhuri: Friend of My Youth

  • Event: Solo Act
  • Participant: Amit Chaudhuri
  • Location: Southlands College, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 500 seats

Form has preoccupied Amit Chaudhuri throughout his writing career. Near the end of his seventh and most recent novel, Friend of My Youth, the narrator, who is also named Amit Chaudhuri, reflects on a book he is writing, which may also be the book we are reading. “The book is a novel,” he thinks; “I’m pretty sure of that. What marks it out as a novel is this: the author and the narrator are not one. Even if, by coincidence, they share the same name. The narrator’s views, thoughts, observations – essentially, the narrator’s life – are his or her own. The narrator might be created by the author, but is a mystery to him. The provenance of his or her remarks and actions is never plain.”

In this session, Amit Chaudhuri will reflect on the role form has played in his ouevre, from his stunning first novel A Strange and Sublime Address, with its narrator whose life so clearly shares elements of Chaudhuri’s and yet also has his own clearly delineated, independent fictional existence, to his most recent publication with its nod in the direction of auto-fiction.

‘When Kingsley Amis read Martin Amis’s 1984 novel Money he was so outraged when a character called Martin Amis appeared in the story that, allegedly, he threw his son’s masterpiece across the room. True or not, it demonstrates the disdain some readers have for writers who cause havoc with the novel form. Those readers might want to avoid Amit Chaudhuri’s fiercely intelligent new novel, Friend of My Youth. If they do, more fool them…. There is, of course, a light humour to this. But there is also a profundity… Friend of My Youth becomes a novel that also undermines itself, asking us: when does a novel cease to be a novel? Chaudhuri manages to combine this essayistic line of enquiry whilst remaining true to the spirit of the form and his imagination. That is an impressive achievement. Some might want to throw metafiction like this across the room, towards the bin. The only place I will be throwing this book is into the hands of other readers.’ Nick Major, Scottish Herald

‘An epiphanic, limpid work… a truly wonderful novel’. RTE Ireland

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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FGLF

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

FGLf 2018 Event - Viviemarie Vanderpoorten & David Dabydeen - Lipton Tea and Poetry.

Viviemarie Vanderpoorten & David Dabydeen: Lipton Tea and Poetry

  • Event: Lipton Tea and Poetry with refreshments by Chef Charles Disa
  • Participant: Viviemarie Vanderpoorten & David Dabydeen with Chef Charles Disa
  • Location: Fort Bazaar Hotel and Spa, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

Enjoy a cup of tea while listening to two very fine poets who write very movingly of the ‘other’, read from and discuss their work. 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 – Sold Out

FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – Sold Out

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FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • Availability: 500 seats

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • 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).

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FGLF

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Maylis de Kerangal - Truth is Stranger than Fiction - The Art of the Real.

Maylis de Kerangal: Truth is Stranger than Fiction – The Art of the Real

  • Event: Workshop
  • Participant: Maylis de Kerangal
  • Location: Amangalla Library, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 15 seats

In this workshop, Maylis de Kerangal will explore with participants, the art of realism in fiction.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,000

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FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • 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.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000

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FGLF

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
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:15 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket / Festival Pass / Day Pass
  • 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.

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FGLF

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Siddharth Dasgupta - Narrative Journeys and the Inevitability of Space.

Siddharth Dasgupta: Narrative Journeys and the Inevitability of Space

  • Event: Sunset Series
  • Participant: Siddharth Dasgupta
  • Location: Scout’s Headquarters, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 60 seats

Traversing both poetry and fiction, this session will centre its attentions and passions on the writing process: words, books, and authors who have often seen space, distance, time, and love through a convergent prism.

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FGLF

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Carlos Andrés Gómez - From New York City to Galle - A Night of Poetry & Performance.

Carlos Andrés Gómez: From New York City to Galle – A Night of Poetry & Performance

  • Event: Sunset Series
  • Participant: Carlos Andrés Gómez
  • Location: Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:30 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

Carlos Andrés Gómez will perform his poetry and share stories from his journey as an artist, including his work to promote healthy masculinity and the experiences that led him to write his acclaimed memoir that was published by Penguin Random House, ‘Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood’.

(Carlos Andrés Gómez’s travel is made possible by the Jerome Foundation. His presence at the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Amari Galle.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Laurence Boissier - The Spoken Word - Language and Dialect in Poetry.

Laurence Boissier: The Spoken Word – Language and Dialect in Poetry

  • Event: Sunset Series
  • Participant: Laurence Boissier
  • Location: The Bartizan, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

In this fascinating session, Laurence Boissier will share with us her innovative spoken word poetry and the way in which dialect and received language patterns are used in tandem to effect the performance poetry for which she has become so well known.

(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.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – SOLD OUT

FGLF

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Graham Merricks: The Colombo Gin Club.

Graham Merricks: The Colombo Gin Club

  • Event: Gin Tasting
  • Participant: Graham Merricks
  • Location: Fort Printers, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

The Colombo Gin Club makes its way to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018! Join veteran gin enthusiast Graham Merricks from Wine World as he explores 4 absolutely lip smacking gins.

(Graham Merricks’ participation at the festival is courtesy of Wine World.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 3,500 – Sold Out

FGLF

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Event - Day 1 - Cultural Show by the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka.

Cultural Show

  • Event: Cultural Performance
  • Participant: Performers of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces
  • Location: Law Court Square, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 1:00 hrs
  • Access: FREE EVENT
  • Availability: N/A

This special cultural presentation includes three elements: a March Past, an Angampora Performance, and a Sound and Light Show.

The Presentation will begin with the Tri-Forces’ Marching Bands entering the Law Court Square from the Galle Fort Entrance; playing of the Sri Lankan National Anthem will follow. A narrative Angampora performance is next; this exciting part of the programme involves weapons and fire and is presented by the Air Force Angampora team. Finally, a history of the Galle Fort will be presented by means of video mapping onto the outer walls of the outer façade of the Law Courts Building. This Sound and Light Show will take us back to the time of the Portuguese, Dutch and British occupancies and also reflect on the ravages of the tsunami.

FGLF

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival welcomes The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC).

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo

  • Event: Performance
  • Participant: The Chamber Music Society of Colombo
  • Location: Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 0:45 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

A String Quintet of principals from the Chamber Music Society of Colombo led by its artistic director and concertmaster, Lakshman Joseph-de Saram, will present the Sri Lankan premieres of contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov’s “Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished)” and “The Beatitudes.” The mystical post-minimalist sounding music of Martynov will be interspersed with words from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” which will be recited by Ohan Hominis of Stageless Arts, NYC.

(This performance by The Chamber Music Society of Colombo is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Festival title sponsor Fairway Holdings Ltd.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,500 – Sold Out

FGLF

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Alexander McCall Smith - A Literary Dinner.

Alexander McCall Smith: A Literary Dinner

  • Event: A Literary Dinner
  • Participant: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Location: Owl and the Pussycat Hotel, Thalpe
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

A chance to dine with this writer of over 100 works, who will read briefly from his wonderful Number One Detective Agency series.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500 – Sold Out

FGLF

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FGLF 2018 Event - Richard Flanagan - A Literary Dinner.

Richard Flanagan – Photo Credit: Joel Saget.

Richard Flanagan: A Literary Dinner

  • Event: Literary Dinner
  • Participant: Richard Flanagan
  • Location: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 40 seats

Join this Man Booker Prizewinning author for a dinner with an Antipodean theme.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500

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FGLF

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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

The Lord David Puttnam: A Literary Dinner

  • Event: A Literary Dinner
  • Participant: The Lord David Puttnam
  • Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 40 seats

This dinner with The Lord Puttnam will include excerpts from ‘Chariots of Fire’ and an opportunity to ask questions of the celebrated film producer. The dinner will commence with a reading from Michael Kumpfmüller’s The Glory of Life.

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

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500

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FGLF

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Festival Barbecue with FGLF 2018 Authors at Amari Galle, Sri Lanka

Festival Barbecue at Amari Galle with FGLF 2018 Authors

  • Event: Barbecue Dinner
  • Participants: Fairway Galle Literary Festival Authors
  • Location: Amari Galle, Galle
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: 200 seats

Meet, have a chat and get to know your favorite author at Amari Galle’s Festival Barbecue

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 7,500

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FGLF

10:00 pm – Onward

FGLF 2018 Event - Dillie Keane and Chirkutt - Mayhem Past Midnight.

Dillie Keane and Chirkutt – Mayhem Past Midnight

  • Participant: Dillie Keane & Chirkutt
  • Location: Sun House, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00+ hrs
  • Access: Event Ticket Only
  • Availability: SOLD OUT

his delightful performance will includes work from Dillie’s earliest days to her most recent songs. A hilarious, frequently ridiculous and occasionally heartbreaking account of a lifelong search for love, Dillie’s songs will make you laugh, cry and ring your best friend tomorrow for a chat.

Her songs are witty and original; they are characterised by intricate rhymes, charming tunes and the odd word or phrase that would make a sailor suck a lemon. She has been compared to Tom Lehrer, Noel Coward and Cole Porter and people usually say they feel a great deal better about life after a tonic of Finest Vintage Dillie.

Accompanist: Michael Roulston

Bangladeshi band Chirkutt will also perform well into the early hours of the morning . . .

(Chirkutt is brought to the Festival courtesy of the High Commission for Bangladesh.)

EVENT TICKET: Rs. 1,000 – Sold Out

FGLF

10:00 pm – 12:00 am

FGLF 2018 Event - The Lord David Puttnam - The Mission.

The Lord David Puttnam: The Mission

  • Event: Film Screening
  • Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort
  • Date: Saturday, Jan 27th, 2018
  • Duration: 2:00 hrs
  • Access: FREE EVENT
  • Availability: 500 seats

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