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 …
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’.
Alison Wearing is a Canadian writer and performer. She is author of the acclaimed travel memoir, ‘Honeymoon in Purdah’.
Amish Tripathi, is the best selling Indian author of the Shiva Trilogy, the fastest selling book series in the history of Indian publishing.
Anantha Padmanabhan is a dog lover, photographer, novelist, bibliophile, bookseller and CEO at HarperCollins Publishers India.
Anita Nair is the acclaimed and bestselling author of crime and pulp-fiction set in India.
Anjan Sundaram is an award winning journalist, war correspondent and author of ‘Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship’.
Anuk Arudpragasam is the author of ‘The Story of a Brief Marriage’.
Ashok Ferrey is a Sri Lankan writer of several novels and short story collections. His latest novel is ‘The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons’.
Brigid Keenan is a fashion, travel journalist and bestselling non-fiction author of ‘Diplomatic Baggage’.
Caroline Courtauld MBE is a documentary film producer, photographer and writer of the acclaimed book ‘The Forbidden City: The Great Within’.
Catherine Bush is the critically acclaimed Canadian author of 4 novels.
Cathy Marie Buchanan is the author of the bestselling novels ‘The Day the Falls Stood Still’ and ‘The Painted Girls’.
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 confidant and personal assistant to Geoffrey Bawa.
Charles Uzzell Edwards became the street graffiti artist known as ‘Pure Evil’ which today enjoys the success of a global brand.
Chef Fuchsia Dunlop is an award-winning chef and food-writer specializing in Chinese cuisine.
Chef Jason Licker is a renowned pastry chef and author of ‘Lickerland, Asian Accented Desserts by Jason Licker’.
Chef Nihal Senanayake is an internationally renowned chef and Executive Chef at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, Galle.
Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and the bestselling author of ‘I Am Malala’.
Colm Tóibín is the award-winning Irish writer whose popular works include ‘The Testament of Mary’ and ‘Brooklyn’.
David Macdonald is a wildlife biologist who founded Oxford University’s WildCru and producer of the award winning documentary ‘Meerkats United’.
David Robson is an acclaimed professor of Architecture whose books include ‘The Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka’ and ‘In Search of Bawa’.
Dr. Dawn Burnham is a wildlife biologist and conservationist at WildCRU
Sri Lankan writer Dileepa Abeysekera is responsible for the Sinhala translation of the acclaimed novel Chinaman: Legend of Pradeep Mathew.
Dom Mee is an Ex-Royal Marine, Arctic Explorer, Maritime Adventurer and author of ‘Kiting the Hurricane’.
Geraldine Coates is a professional writer who has been reporting on the world of drink, in particular gin, for almost twenty years.
Ismeth Raheem is an acclaimed artist, architect and photographer who worked with Geoffrey Bawa between 1968 – 1976.
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.
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.
Jemima Foxtrot is a poet, musician, theatre-maker, considered one of the best performance poets in the UK.
Jennifer Murray is an aviator, a Guinness Book World Record holder and author of ‘Now Solo’.
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.
John Gimlette is an adventurer and award winning travel writer. His latest book is ‘Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka’.
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’.
Kate Tempest is an award winning English poet, spoken word artist, novelist and playwright. Her latest album is ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’.
Katherine Boo is a pulitzer prize wining writer and author of ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity’.
Kishani Jayasinghe is a Sri Lankan British soprano and a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House.
Kristina Taylor is a garden historian, restorer of period gardens and author of ‘Women Garden Designers: 1900 to the Present’.
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.
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.
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’.
Malika Booker is a spoken word multidisciplinary artist, founder of ‘Malika’s Poetry Kitchen’ and author of ‘Pepper Seed’.
Michael Fehr is an award winning Swiss author and ‘narrator’ – a writer who does not write.
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.
Professor Nayanjot Lahiri is an eminent historian and archeologist specializing in ancient India.
Nayomi Munaweera is the prize winning novelist of the acclaimed book ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’.
N. Ram is an award winning political investigative journalist who is Chairman and Publisher of The Hindu group of newspapers in India.
Neel Madhav is the youngest illusionist and mentalist performing in India and the author of ‘You Got Magic’.
Open Brain is a space for people to explore their artistic sides initiated by Ohan Hominis and Michael Ketigian.
Out of Time is a Sri Lankan rock/blues band who play loosely arranged covers of classic tunes using a blues-drenched improvisational style.
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.
Dr. Peter Frankopan is an acclaimed historian and author of the groundbreaking book ‘The First Crusade: The Call from the East’.
Philippa Gregory, considered ‘The Queen of British Historical Fiction’ is a historian and best-selling author of several novels including ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’.
Piyal Kariyawasam is a theatre activist, writer and lecturer on performing arts, and director of documentaries.
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.
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 is a singer and musician who plays the guitar with techniques that use his ten fingers … and even a toe.
Reinhard Kleist is an award winning illustrator and author of many acclaimed non-fiction graphic novels.
Sebastian Posingis is an accomplished architectural photographer whose books include In ‘Search of Bawa: Master Architect of Sri Lanka’.
Sara Wheeler is a prize winning non-fiction writer. Her international bestseller ‘Terra Incognita’ tells the story of a 7 month journey in Antarctica.
Shehan Karunatilaka is the award winning author of cricket novel ‘Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew’, and master of beard grooming.
Somini Sengupta is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the winner of the 2003 George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.
Sophie Hannah is an internationally-known, bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction and a poet.
Sunethra Rajakarunanayake is the award winning Sinhala language author of 43 books, a translator and script writer.
Sunil Khilnani is a scholar of Indian history and politics best known as the author of ‘The Idea of India’.
Sunila Galappatti is the author of ‘A Long Watch’ the true story of the highest-ranking prisoner captured by the LTTE.
Sunjeev Sahota is an award winning novelist and writer in residence at Leeds Beckett University.
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.
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.
Tricity Vogue is a popular ukulele-wielding, cross-dressing, award winning cabaret performer in the UK who began her career here in Sri Lanka.
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 is one of Sri Lanka’s most prolific and foremost international writers who has 46 books to her name.
Sri Lankan writer and painter who is the winner of the Gratiaen award 2015 and State Literary Prize for Drama in 2016.
Isuru Chamara is a Sri Lankan poet and writer who has published several award winning poetry and short story collections.
Shyam Dissanayake is a Sri Lankan writer who is Shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award (FNLA) 2016, Sinhala Language.
Quintus Fernando is an ordained priest and teacher who is shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award (FNLA) 2016.
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 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 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 is a Sri Lankan author and poet who has published 4 books including two anthologies of poetry.
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 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 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 is a law lecturer, cultural critic, translator and Sinhala author of the 2016 FNLA shortlisted novel ‘Asandimiththa’.
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 is a company that utilizes the performing arts for communication, with a special focus on theatre and puppetry.
Prashani Rambukwella is the author of the Gratiaen Prize winning novel ‘Mythil’s Secret’ and it’s sequel ‘Asiri’s Quest’.
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 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 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 is an award winning author whose novel ‘Neenthikkadantha Nerupaaru’ is shortlisted for the Fairway National Literary Award (2016) – Tamil Language.
Harshana Rambukwella is a highly respected professor of english literature and trustee of the Gratiaen Trust.
Mrs. S. F. Cader has been conducting the ‘Walking Tour of Galle Fort’ since 2010.