Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Scout’s Headquarters
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.
9:30 am – 11:00 am
SINHALA POETRY: REFLECTIONS OF EVERYDAY LIFE
- Participants: Lakshantha Athukorala, Piyankarage Bandula Jayaweera and Suharshini Dharmarathne
- Moderator: Sahan Kaseera Wickramasinghe
This panel brings together three senior poets from three geographical locations in Sri Lanka, who are known for their unique styles in writing. They all use poetry to question the everyday life and contemporary Sri Lankan landscape.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
FAIRWAY NATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS: SINHALA SHORTLIST PANEL
- Participants: Nissanka Wijemanne, Anurasiri Hettige, Wimal Udaya Hapugodaarachchi, Keerthi Welisarage and Deepthi Mangala Rajapaksha
- Moderator: Dr. Prabha Manuratne
The Fairway National Literary Awards 2017 shorlist panel brings together an impressive diversity in Sinhala literature. The shortlisted works display explore a range of issues such as sexual identity, colonization, urbanization, and social disparity. Beside their shortlisted work the panel will discuss their previous work as well.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
NOVEL TO FILM: THE PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION
- Participants: Dileepa Abeysekera, Asoka Handagama, Saman Wickramarachchi and Sumithra Rahubaddha
- Moderator: Anomaa Rajakaruna
This panel will focus on the joys and challenges of the adaptation of literature to cinema.
The panel consist of a historian of cinema, an award winning filmmaker and two novelists whose work were adopted to cinema.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
SINHALA SHORT STORY: A NARRATIVE ART FOR READING THE PRESENT
- Participants: Prof. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Sudarsana Samaraweera and Kanchana Priyakantha
- Moderator: Prof. Prabhath Jayasinghe
This panel introduces three short story writers who are exploring a new narrative art for story telling. Their work focuses on the contemporary Sri Lankan society and the they will discuss whether they were successful in reading the present.