The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) will be hosting over 30 authors from Sri Lanka and around the world, and will take place from January 24 – 28, 2018. Click on the profiles below, to learn more …
Alexander McCall Smith is an Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, and a prolific author of fiction best known for ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ Series.
Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, literary critic and music composer, his most recent novel is ‘Friend of My Youth’.
Angus Leendertz is a South African-Australian anti-apartheid activist, interior design architect and the curator ‘Memories of the Struggle – Australians against Apartheid’ at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra.
Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke is an actor, writer and director, and a graduate in Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, London. He specialises in Immersive Theatre.
Ashok Ferrey is a Sri Lankan writer of several best-selling works His novel ‘The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons’ is long listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Bachi Karkaria is an Indian-Parsi journalist and former Editor of the Times of India. She has written a biography of the founder of Oberoi hotels, and her new book is ‘In Hot Blood’ about the infamous Nanavati murder case of 1959.
Bruce Wannell is an independent scholar, linguist and travel writer who specializes on Persian and Arab culture. His works include ‘Sufism: Mystical Writings of Islam’.
Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker and the author of ‘Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood’.
The Ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo is the region’s newest platform for exciting new interpretations of the classics.
Channa Daswatte is one of Sri Lanka’s leading architects who was personal assistant to Geoffrey Bawa and co-author of ‘Sri Lanka Style -Tropical Design and Architecture’.
Charles Allen is a writer and historian who prolific works focus on the British Raj. He has published over 25 books which include ‘Kipling Sahib: India and the making of Rudyard Kipling’ and ‘Ashoka: the Search for India’s Lost Emperor’.
Charulatha Abeysekara is a Sri Lankan author whose novel ‘Stories’ won the 2016 Gratiaen Prize for Creative Writing.
Chhimi Moir Tenduf-La is a half English, half Tibetan writer and teacher whose latest novel is ‘Loyal Stalkers’, a collection of 15 interconnected stories set in Sri Lanka.
Chirkutt is the Internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi fusion band who are known for their unique, energetic live performances and powerful lyrics of love, peace and aspirations.
David Dabydeen is a Guyanese-born broadcaster, novelist, poet and academic. His works include ‘Slave Song’, ‘Turner: New and Selected Poems’ and ‘The Oxford Companion to Black British History’.
Lord David Puttnam is a film producer and educator whose movies including ‘Chariots of Fire’, ‘The Killing Fields’, ‘Midnight Express’ and ‘The Mission’ have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palm D’Or at Cannes.
Deshan Tennekoon is an artist, photographer, book designer, comic and storybook writer who also specializes in taking strenuous naps.
Dillie Keane is an Olivier and Eddie Award-nominated actress, singer and comedian, part of the popular cabaret comedy trio ‘Fascinating Aida’.
Emily Dobbs was the first British chef to popularise Sri Lankan food in London, through her cool and quirky pop-up stall in Druid Street Market. Her new book is entitled ‘Weligama: Recipes from Sri Lanka’.
Gananath Obeyesekere is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology whose latest book is ‘The Doomed King: A Requiem for Sri Vikrama Rajasinha’, about the last Kandyan King.
Dr. Gayathri Warnasuriya is a Sri Lankan Molecular Biologist with a background in Cancer Research and work experience in HIV/Public Health. She is also a contributing author to the Jane Austen inspired anthology ‘Austenistan’.
Hilali Noordeen is a highly sought after consultant spinal surgeon and lecturer who has the interesting distinction of being the only living former Sri Lankan President of the Oxford Union; the other two, Lalith Athulathmudali and Lakshman Kadirgamar, were assassinated.
Jaina Sanga’s is an Indian novelist and scholar whose works include ‘Silk Fish Opium’ a collection of short stories, ‘Train to Bombay’, and a novella, ‘Tourist Season’. She is working on her fourth book, a detective novel set in India.
Justine Picardie is a British novelist, fashion writer and biographer. She is the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK. Her 2010 biography of Coco Chanel was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards.
Katharine Norbury is a script-editor, contributor to the guardian and author of the critically acclaimed ‘The Fish Ladder: a Journey Upstream’, which is now being developed into a feature film.
Kaushanava Choudhury is an Indian American reporter and writer his first book is ‘The Epic City: The World on the Streets in Calcutta’.
Dr. Kiryl Rudy was formerly Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Belarus and has written extensively in economic journals, magazines, newspapers and is the author of the bestselling book ‘Financial Diet: State Capitalism Reforms’.
Laaleen Sukhera is a Pakistani journalist whose latest project is ‘Austenistan’, a Jane Austen inspired anthology set in Pakistani society,
Laurence Boissier is a Swiss author and spoken word artist. Her book ‘Inventaire des lieux’ was awarded the 2017 Swiss prize for literature.
Louis de Bernières is an award winning British writer who is internationally know for his novel ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.
Poet-Priest and ‘Rocking Rev’ Malcolm Guite, is Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge and the author of eight books which includes ‘Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’.
Maylis de Kerangal is a French author, whose first novel, ‘Birth of a Bridge’ was awarded the Prix Médicis and the Premio Gregor von Rezzori.
Michael Kumpfmüller is a celebrated German author and freelance writer whose bestselling novel ‘The Glory of Life’ has been translated into 25 languages and won numerous awards.
Michael Roc Thomas is a photographer, children’s poet, lyricist and musician who lives in Sri Lanka. His poetry, verse and song lyrics have entertained and inspired ‘children’ of all ages.
Professor Nalin Ranasinghe’s primary area of expertise is Greek philosophy. He has authored a Socratic trilogy: ‘The Soul of Socrates’, ‘Socrates in the Underworld’ and ‘Socrates and the Gods’.
Nayomi Munaweera is an award winning Sri Lankan-American writer, whose books include ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’ and ‘What Lies Between Us’.
Nirupama Menon Rao is the former Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and ambassador of India to People’s Republic of China. Her book is entitled ‘The Politics of History, India and China, 1949 to 1962’.
Nisid Hajari is an award winning Indian-American writer, editor and foreign affairs analyst . His best selling book, ‘Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition’, was the 21st book to be awarded Colby Award in 2016.
Pankaj Mishra is an acclaimed Indian essayist, novelist and historian based in the UK. He received the 2014 Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction in recognition of his far-reaching work and his latest book is ‘Age of Anger: A History of the Present’.
Richard Flanagan is a writer from Tasmania who has been appraised as ‘the finest Australian novelist of his generation’. His new book is titled ‘First Person’.
Sallyanne Atkinson is a politician, speaker, mentor and author whose book ‘No Job for a Woman’, tells her inspiring story from wartime childhood in Sri Lanka to becoming become the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
Sandra Jensen is an award winning fiction writer who has published more than 40 short story and flash publications in literary journals around the world. Her recently completed work, ‘Ten Virtuous Acts’ is set in Sri Lanka during the early years of the civil war.
Sebastian Faulks, CBE, is a British journalist and broadcaster best-selling novelist of books such as ‘Birdsong’, ‘Devil May Care’ and ‘Jeeves and the Wedding Bells’.
Shankari Chandran is thriller writer and a lawyer whose first novel was ‘Song of the Sun God’.
Shrabani Basu is an Indian author and journalist who is known for her book ‘Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant’.
Siddharth Dasgupta is an acclaimed Indian poet, writer and novelist, whose latest book is a collection of short-stories entitled ‘The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows’.
Sonnet Mondal is an Indian author and poet. He has published four books of poetry of which his latest is ‘Ink and Line’.
Soul Sounds is Sri Lanka’s premier female ensemble ranked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world, directed by Soundarie David Rodrigo.
Sunela Jayewardene is recognized as ‘Sri Lanka’s leading environmental architect’. Her projects include projects include Jetwing Vil Uyana, Colombo Courtyard, and Jetwing Kaduruketha. She is the author of The Line of Lanka”, ‘Myths and Memories of an Island’.
Ute Krause is the award winning illustrator and author of more than sixty children s books published in Germany and throughout the world.
Viviemarie Vanderpoorten is a Sri Lankan poet whose poetry collection ‘Nothing Prepares You’ won the Gratiaen Prize and the SAARC Poetry Prize.