FGLF Participants 2017

The 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) will be hosting 71 participants both from Sri Lanka and around the world. The Festival will take place from January 11 – 15, 2017. Click through their profile images below, to learn more …

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Afdhel Aziz - Writer.

Afdhel Aziz

Afdhel Aziz is a writer, journalist, brand strategist and marketer who is co-author of ‘Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Alison Wearing.

Alison Wearing

Alison Wearing is a Canadian writer and performer. She is author of the acclaimed travel memoir, ‘Honeymoon in Purdah’.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 Participant Amish Tripati

Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi, is the best selling Indian author of the Shiva Trilogy, the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Anantha Padmanabhan

Anantha Padmanabhan

Anantha Padmanabhan is a dog lover, photographer, novelist, bibliophile, bookseller and CEO at HarperCollins Publishers India.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Anita Nair.

Anita Nair

Anita Nair is the acclaimed and bestselling author of crime and pulp-fiction set in India.

2017 Galle Literary Festival Participant - Anjan Sundaram.

Anjan Sundaram

Anjan Sundaram is an award winning journalist, war correspondent and author of ‘Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Anuk Arudpragasam.

Anuk Arudpragasam

Anuk Arudpragasam is the author of ‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Ashok Ferrey.

Ashok Ferrey

Ashok Ferrey is a Sri Lankan writer of several novels and short story collections. His latest novel is ‘The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Brigid Keenan.

Brigid Keenan

Brigid Keenan is a fashion, travel journalist and bestselling non-fiction author of ‘Diplomatic Baggage’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Caroline Courtauld.

Caroline Courtauld

Caroline Courtauld MBE is a documentary film producer, photographer and writer of the acclaimed book ‘The Forbidden City: The Great Within’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Catherine Bush.

Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush is the critically acclaimed Canadian author of 4 novels.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Cathy Marie Buchanan.

Cathy Marie Buchanan

Cathy Marie Buchanan is the author of the bestselling novels ‘The Day the Falls Stood Still’ and ‘The Painted Girls’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participants - The 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.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 Participant - Channa Daswatte.

Channa Daswatte

Channa Daswatte is one of Sri Lanka’s leading architects who was confidant and personal assistant to Geoffrey Bawa.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Charles Uzzell Edwards a.k.a Pure Evil.

Charles Uzzell Edwards

Charles Uzzell Edwards became the street graffiti artist known as ‘Pure Evil’ which today enjoys the success of a global brand.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant -Fuchsia Dunlop.

Chef Fuchsia Dunlop

Chef Fuchsia Dunlop is an award-winning chef and food-writer specializing in Chinese cuisine.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Chef Jason Licker.

Chef Jason Licker

Chef Jason Licker is a renowned pastry chef and author of ‘Lickerland, Asian Accented Desserts by Jason Licker’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Chef Nihal Senanayake.

Chef Nihal Senanayake

Chef Nihal Senanayake is an internationally renowned chef and Executive Chef at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, Galle.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Christina Lamb.

Christina Lamb

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and the bestselling author of ‘I Am Malala’.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 Featured Participant Colm Toibin

Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is the award-winning Irish writer whose popular works include ‘The Testament of Mary’ and ‘Brooklyn’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Prof. David Macdonald.

David Macdonald

David Macdonald is a wildlife biologist who founded Oxford University’s WildCru and producer of the award winning documentary ‘Meerkats United’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant David Robson.

David Robson

David Robson is an acclaimed professor of Architecture whose books include ‘The Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka’ and ‘In Search of Bawa’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Dr. Dawn Burnham.

Dawn Burnham

Dr. Dawn Burnham is a wildlife biologist and conservationist at WildCRU

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Dileepa Abeysekera - Writer.

Dileepa Abeysekera

Sri Lankan writer Dileepa Abeysekera is responsible for the Sinhala translation of the acclaimed novel Chinaman: Legend of Pradeep Mathew.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Dom Mee.

Dom Mee

Dom Mee is an Ex-Royal Marine, Arctic Explorer, Maritime Adventurer and author of ‘Kiting the Hurricane’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Geraldine Coates.

Geraldine Coates

Geraldine Coates is a professional writer who has been reporting on the world of drink, in particular gin, for almost twenty years.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Ismeth Raheem.

Ismeth Raheem

Ismeth Raheem is an acclaimed artist, architect and photographer who worked with Geoffrey Bawa between 1968 – 1976.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala is a mountain climber and women’s rights activist who became the first Sri Lankan to summit Mt. Everest in May 2016.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Jeeva Ragunath

Jeeva Raghunath

Jeeva Ragunath is a storyteller, translator, children’s book author and teacher. She is known for her highly interactive workshops for varied groups and ages.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Jemima Foxtrot.

Jemima Foxtrot

Jemima Foxtrot is a poet, musician, theatre-maker, considered one of the best performance poets in the UK.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Jennifer Murray.

Jennifer Murray

Jennifer Murray is an aviator, a Guinness Book World Record holder and author of ‘Now Solo’.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Johann Peries.

Johann Peries

Johann Peries is one of Sri Lanka’s most sought after hair-stylists and the only Sri Lankan male to reach an altitude of 27,559ft on Mount Everest.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant John Gimlette.

John Gimlette

John Gimlette is an adventurer and award winning travel writer. His latest book is ‘Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka’.

Kapila Kumara Kalinga

Kapila Kumara Kalinga is a dramatist, novelist, and lyricist who won the state award for the best adaptation and direction for his stage drama, ‘Rhinoceros’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Kate Tempest.

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is an award winning English poet, spoken word artist, novelist and playwright. Her latest album is ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Katherine Boo.

Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo is a pulitzer prize wining writer and author of ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Kishani Jayasinghe.

Kishani Jayasinghe

Kishani Jayasinghe is a Sri Lankan British soprano and a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Kristina Taylor.

Kristina Taylor

Kristina Taylor is a garden historian, restorer of period gardens and author of ‘Women Garden Designers: 1900 to the Present’.

FGLF 2017 Participant Lesley Hazleton

Lesley Hazleton

Lesley Hazleton is an acclaimed writer, psychologist and frequent TED speaker, whose work explores the vast and often terrifying arena in which politics and religion intersect.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Professor Liyanage Amarakeerthi.

Liyanage Amarakeerthi

Liyanage Amarakeerthi is a professor in the Department of Sinhala at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. His novel ‘Ahambakaraka’ has also been shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Awards 2016.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Luke Wright.

Luke Wright

Luke Wright is an award winning performance poet who is the author of several works including the award winning ‘What I Learned from Johnny Bevan’.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 Participant - Malika Booker.

Malika Booker

Malika Booker is a spoken word multidisciplinary artist, founder of ‘Malika’s Poetry Kitchen’ and author of ‘Pepper Seed’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Michael Fehr.

Michael Fehr

Michael Fehr is an award winning Swiss author and ‘narrator’ – a writer who does not write.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Miguel Syjuco.

Miguel Syjuco

Miguel Syjuco is journalist, writer and professor of literature. His debut novel ‘Ilustrado’ was the winner of the Man Book Asian Literary Prize in 2008.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Nayanjot Lahiri.

Nayanjot Lahiri

Professor Nayanjot Lahiri is an eminent historian and archeologist specializing in ancient India.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Nayomi Munaweera.

Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera is the prize winning novelist of the acclaimed book ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - N. Ram

N. Ram

N. Ram is an award winning political investigative journalist who is Chairman and Publisher of The Hindu group of newspapers in India.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Neel Madhav.

Neel Madhav

Neel Madhav is the youngest illusionist and mentalist performing in India and the author of ‘You Got Magic’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Open Brain.

Open Brain

Open Brain is a space for people to explore their artistic sides initiated by Ohan Hominis and Michael Ketigian.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participants - Out of Time.

Out of Time

Out of Time is a Sri Lankan rock/blues band who play loosely arranged covers of classic tunes using a blues-drenched improvisational style.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Palinda Kanangara.

Palinda Kanangara

Palinda Kanangara is a celebrated architect, vaunted as the vanguard of new architecture in Sri Lanka, who recently completed the ‘Hotel by the Waterfalls’ on the Ramboda Pass.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Peter Frankopan.

Peter Frankopan

Dr. Peter Frankopan is an acclaimed historian and author of the groundbreaking book ‘The First Crusade: The Call from the East’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festial Participant Philippa Gregory.

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory, considered ‘The Queen of British Historical Fiction’ is a historian and best-selling author of several novels including ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Piyal Kariyawasam.

Piyal Kariyawasam

Piyal Kariyawasam is a theatre activist, writer and lecturer on performing arts, and director of documentaries.

Piyaseeli Wijemanna

Piyaseeli Wijemanna is a professor of Sinhala who has published over 50 papers, 3 novels, 10 children’s books. 2 translations and 2 academic works.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Preeti Vyas

Preeti Vyas

Preeti Vyas is the award-winning children’s book author and Chief Fun Officer of FunOKPlease Publishing, a company that creates ‘books for curious little Indians’.

Ramsay

Ramsay is a singer and musician who plays the guitar with techniques that use his ten fingers … and even a toe.

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Reinhard Kleist

Reinhard Kleist is an award winning illustrator and author of many acclaimed non-fiction graphic novels.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Sebastian Posingis.

Sebastian Posingis

Sebastian Posingis is an accomplished architectural photographer whose books include In ‘Search of Bawa: Master Architect of Sri Lanka’.

2017 Fairway Literary Festival Participant - Sara Wheeler.

Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler is a prize winning non-fiction writer. Her international bestseller ‘Terra Incognita’ tells the story of a 7 month journey in Antarctica.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Shehan Karunatilaka.

Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka is the award winning author of cricket novel ‘Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew’, and master of beard grooming.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Somini Sengupta.

Somini Sengupta

Somini Sengupta is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the winner of the 2003 George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Sophie Hannah.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is an internationally-known, bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction and a poet.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Sunethra Rajakarunanayake.

Sunethra Rajakarunanayake

Sunethra Rajakarunanayake is the award winning Sinhala language author of 43 books, a translator and script writer.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Sunil Khilnani

Sunil Khilnani

Sunil Khilnani is a scholar of Indian history and politics best known as the author of ‘The Idea of India’.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Author - Sunila Galappatti.

Sunila Galappatti

Sunila Galappatti is the author of ‘A Long Watch’ the true story of the highest-ranking prisoner captured by the LTTE.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Sunjeev Sahota.

Sunjeev Sahota

Sunjeev Sahota is an award winning novelist and writer in residence at Leeds Beckett University.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participants - The Galle Fort Ladies.

The Galle Fort Ladies

The Galle Fort Ladies’ charitable organization helps poor young women and widows earn a living and assists in the aid of sick and elderly women.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - The Music Project.

The Music Project

The Music Project works to change the life trajectory of children through an orchestral programme where over 400 children are enabled to discover their passion for music.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Tricity Vogue.

Tricity Vogue

Tricity Vogue is a popular ukulele-wielding, cross-dressing, award winning cabaret performer in the UK who began her career here in Sri Lanka.

Malathie Kalpana Ambrose

Kalpana is a Sri Lankan poet and author whose works have been published both nationaly and internationaly. Her 2016 book is ‘Oba Gamburu Nindaka’.

Jean Arasanayagam

Jean Arasanayagam is one of Sri Lanka’s most prolific and foremost international writers who has 46 books to her name.

Thiagaraja Arasanayagam 

Sri Lankan writer and painter who is the winner of the Gratiaen award 2015 and State Literary Prize for Drama in 2016.

Isuru Chamara

Isuru Chamara is a Sri Lankan poet and writer who has published several award winning poetry and short story collections.

Shyam Dissanayake

Shyam Dissanayake is a Sri Lankan writer who is Shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award (FNLA) 2016, Sinhala Language.

Quintus Fernando

Quintus Fernando is an ordained priest and teacher who is shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award (FNLA) 2016.

HipHop Thamizhans

Ilangai Thamizhan is a Tamil Rap collective from Sri Lanka, whose debut single, self-titled ‘Ilangai Thamizhan’ is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

Eric Illayapparachchi

Eric Illayapparachchi is the author of 6 novels, 7 collections of short stories, 10 collections of poetry and several books on modern art, literature and critical theory.

Prabhath Jayasinghe

Prabhath Jayasinghe is a fiction writer and poet who has published three collections of short stories and a narrative poem. He is the winner of the Vidyodaya Literary Award, 2010.

Sunanda Karunaratna

Sunanda Karunaratna is a Sri Lankan author and poet who has published 4 books including two anthologies of poetry.

Theena Kumaragurunathan

Theena Kumaragurunathan is a Sri Lankan writer whose debut novel ‘First Utterance’ was nominated for the 2016 Fairway National Literary Prize, English Language.

Sepali Mayadunne

Sepali Mayadunne is the multiple award winning Sinhala Language author who won the 2015 Fairway National Literary Award in Sinhala Language, and the Vidyodaya Literary Award.

Tennyson Perera

Tennyson Perera is a Sinhala Language author who has authored 29 novels, 10 short stories collections, 38 Children’s story books, and more than 5 translations of novels.

Saman Wickramaarachchi

Saman Wickramaarachchi is a law lecturer, cultural critic, translator and Sinhala author of the 2016 FNLA shortlisted novel ‘Asandimiththa’.

Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera

Nanda Pethiyagoda Wanasundera is a freelance journalist and author of 8 books. Her novel ‘Parallel Lives’ is shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award 2016 – English Language.

Power of Play

Power of Play is a company that utilizes the performing arts for communication, with a special focus on theatre and puppetry.

Prashani Rambukwella

Prashani Rambukwella is the author of the Gratiaen Prize winning novel ‘Mythil’s Secret’ and it’s sequel ‘Asiri’s Quest’.

Murugan Sivalingam

Murugan Sivalingam is a writer, novelist, playwright, orator, dramatist, cartoonist, journalist, politician and trade unionist whose historical novel ‘Panjam Pizhaikka Vandha Seemai’ won the Godage National Award.

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.

J. Wahabdeen

J. Wahabdeen is an award winning poet, film director, playwright, song writer and author. His novel ‘Kalavan Kathikal’ is shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award 2016 – Tamil Language.

N. Yohendranathan

N. Yohendranathan is an award winning author whose novel ‘Neenthikkadantha Nerupaaru’ is shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award (2016) – Tamil Language.

Harshana Rambukwella

Harshana Rambukwella is a highly respected professor of english literature and trustee of the Gratiaen Trust.

Mrs. S. F. Cader

Mrs. S. F. Cader has been conducting the ‘Walking Tour of Galle Fort’ since 2010.