The 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival is delighted to welcome Caroline Courtauld MBE.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Author and Documentary Producer, Caroline Courtauld.

Caroline Courtauld is a writer, published photographer, and documentary film producer and researcher whose publications include books on Burma, Hong Kong and China.

She worked with Jonathan Dimbleby and Francis Gerard on the BBC documentary project ‘The Last Governor’ (1997), about Hong Kong in the period up to its transfer of sovereignty to China.


Courtauld followed her successful documentary on the history of Hong Kong with her book ‘The Hong Kong Story’ (1997) published by Oxford University Press.

The Hong Kong Story by Caroline Courtauld.

The widely acclaimed book ‘The Forbidden City, The Great Within’ (1995), which Courtauld co-authored was a companion book to the dramatized Discovery Channel documentary of the same title, about the history of the Imperial Palace in Beijing.

The Forbidden City - The Great Within by Caroline Courtauld.

This film was premiered on the Discovery Channel and was shown worldwide. A revised edition with a new chapter on the treasures of the Forbidden City was been prepared in time for the Beijing Olympics.

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The Forbidden City, the Great Within – 1994 from Francis Gerard on Vimeo.

Caroline’s latest documentary ‘Building China Modern’ (2010), is the story of renowned architect I.M. Pei, who has been called the most important living modern architect, defining the landscapes of some of the world’s greatest cities, returning to his hometown of Suzhou to design and build a new museum, has received wide acclaim, was broadcast as part of the American Masters Series on PBS.


Caroline Courtauld’s first book on Myanmar ‘In Search of Burma’ (Frederick Muller) was published in 1984. Myanmar’s new regime in November 2011, has led to several new projects including ‘Myanmar: Burma in Style’ (Odyssey and WW Norton), ‘The Irrawaddy; Burma’s Kingly Stream’ (Sanctuary Cruises) as well as many publications for the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, most recently ‘Myanmar: The Legacy’ (2011-2015).

Caroline Courtauld is a resident of Hong Kong and Essex, England. She is former chairman of the Keswick Foundation and the Managing Editor and an author of the history of the Foundation, Friendship First – the First Thirty Years.

Caroline Courtauld has been a leading figure in the hospice care movement in Hong Kong (for which she was awarded an MBE) and now sits on a variety of NGO boards.

Caroline Courtauld at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss meetingCaroline Courtauld at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017. Her events will be announced in November 2016 … Please click the FOLLOW button below to receive email updates as festival news and announcements are published.