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 - 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 Nanavati murder case of 1959.

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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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 - Author Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon is the author of the immensely popular ‘Horrid Henry’ series of children’s books, winner of the British Book Award for Children’s Book of the Year in 2008.

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 - 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 - Author Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury

Katharine Norbury is a film-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 reporter and writer his first book is ‘The Epic City: The World on the Streets in Calcutta’.

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 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 - 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’.

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 - 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 Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka’s is a Sri Lankan author whose novel ‘Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew’, won the Commonwealth Prize, the Gratiaen Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu is an Indian author and journalist who is known for her novel ‘Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant’.

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.