FGLF Participants 2018

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 …

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Amit Chaudhury

Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, literary critic and music composer, his most recent novel is ‘Friend of My Youth’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Angus Leendertz

Angus Leendertz

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Participant Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke

Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Ashok Ferrey

Ashok Ferrey

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.

2018 Fairway. Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Bachi Karkaria

Bachi Karkaria

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Bruce Wannell

Bruce Wannell

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker and the author of ‘Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Chamber Music Society of Colombo

Chamber Music Society of Colombo

The Ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo is the region’s newest platform for exciting new interpretations of the classics.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Architect Channa Daswatte

Channa Daswatte

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Charles Allen

Charles Allen

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Charulatha Abeysekara

Charulatha Abeysekara

Charulatha Abeysekara is a Sri Lankan author whose novel ‘Stories’ won the 2016 Gratiaen Prize for Creative Writing.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Chimmi Tendulf La

Chhimi Tenduf-La

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Bangladesh Pop Band, Chirkutt.

Chirkutt

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author David Dabydeen

David Dabydeen

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Film Producer Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 Participant - Deshan Tennekoon

Deshan Tennekoon

Deshan Tennekoon is an artist, photographer, book designer, comic and storybook writer who also specializes in taking strenuous naps.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Actress Dillie Keane

Dillie Keane

Dillie Keane is an Olivier and Eddie Award-nominated actress, singer and comedian, part of the popular cabaret comedy trio ‘Fascinating Aida’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Chef Emily Dobbs

Emily Dobbs

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere

Gananath Obeyesekere

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant -Dr. Gayathri Warnasuriya

Gayathri Warnasuriya

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Doctor Hilali Noordeen

Hilali Noordeen

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Jaina Sanga

Jaina Sanga

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Kaushanava Choudhury

Kushanava Choudhury

Kaushanava Choudhury is an Indian American reporter and writer his first book is ‘The Epic City: The World on the Streets in Calcutta’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Kiryl Rudy

Kiryl Rudy

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Laaleen Sukhera

Laaleen Sukhera

Laaleen Sukhera is a Pakistani journalist whose latest project is ‘Austenistan’, a Jane Austen inspired anthology set in Pakistani society,

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Author - Laurence Boissiere

Laurence Boissier

Laurence Boissier is a Swiss author and spoken word artist. Her book ‘Inventaire des lieux’ was awarded the 2017 Swiss prize for literature.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Loius De Bernieres

Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières is an award winning British writer who is internationally know for his novel ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 Participant - Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Maylis de Kerangal

Maylis de Kerangal

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Michael Kampmuller

Michael Kampmuller

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 Participant - Michael Roc Thomas

Michael Roc Thomas

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Nalin Ranasinghe.

Nalin Ranasinghe

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Naomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera is an award winning Sri Lankan-American writer, whose books include ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’ and ‘What Lies Between Us’.

Galle Literary Festival 2018 Participant - Nirupama Menon Rao.

Nirupama Menon Rao

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Nisid Hajari

Nisid Hajari

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Sallyanne Atkinson

Sallyanne Atkinson

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Sandra Jensen

Sandra Jensen

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran is thriller writer and a lawyer whose first novel was ‘Song of the Sun God’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Siddharth Dasgupta

Siddharth Dasgupta

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Sonnet Mondal

Sonnet Mondal

Sonnet Mondal is an Indian author and poet. He has published four books of poetry of which his latest is ‘Ink and Line’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Soul Sounds

Soul Sounds

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.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Sunela Jayewardene.

Sunela Jayewardene

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’.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 Participant - Ute Krause

Ute Krause

Ute Krause is the award winning illustrator and author of more than sixty children s books published in Germany and throughout the world.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Poet Viviemarie Vanderpoorten

Viviemarie Vanderpoorten

Viviemarie Vanderpoorten is a Sri Lankan poet whose poetry collection ‘Nothing Prepares You’ won the Gratiaen Prize and the SAARC Poetry Prize.