Date: Friday, January 13 2017.
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort.
‘A Long Watch’ tells the real life story of Commodore Boyagoda who became the highest-ranking prisoner detained by the Tamil Tigers. For eight years, he lived at close quarters with his declared enemy, his imprisonment punctuated by high-level talks about his fate, but also by extended conversations with his jailers and scratch games of badminton played in jungle clearings.
Throughout, he observed his captors and fellow prisoners acutely, and with discreet empathy for the lives of others undone by war. In this conversation and reading, Sunila Galappatti talks about working with Ajith Boyagoda to tell his story and the journey of writing this wonderful testimony to survival.
“The best book yet on the war in Sri Lanka. It is subtle and intimate, human and generous. The author has distilled conversations about that period into a remarkable book. It is brilliant.” – Michael Ondaatje.
- Participant Bio: Sunila Galappatti.
- Moderator: Ruhanie Perera