How did Humpty Dumpty fall? Can we know? Must we ask?

The King has promised me — with his very own mouth — to — to —

Did Humpty Dumpty fall, or was he pushed?
‘To send all his horses and all his men,’ Alice interrupted, rather unwisely.

‘Now I declare that’s too bad!’ Humpty Dumpty cried, breaking into a sudden passion.

‘You’ve been listening at doors — and behind trees — and down chimneys — or you couldn’t have known it!’

‘I haven’t indeed!’ Alice said very gently. ‘It’s in a book.’

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival offers you all the fun of listening at doors – and behind trees – and down chimneys – rather rare in the tropics – with much less work!

From 24 to 28 January 2018, Galle will once more come alive with the secret lives of murderers and madmen, of travelers and trains, of queens and quadrangles, all revealed in books.

Did Humpty Dumpty fall, or was he pushed? Can we know? Must we ask?

… A Note from the Festival Curator

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Why do people go to Lit. Fests?

. . . Mingle with . . . Discover why . . . Ponder over . . .

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We believe in the pleasure of story and the transformative power of literature and knowledge. We want to create opportunities for you to mingle, discover and ponder . . .

We offer you events where the hair stands up on the back of your neck during a spellbinding reading; where you roar with laughter or struggle to control your tears as writers get to the bottom of what makes them do what they do; where you suddenly see what a book has meant to or for a particular reader.

What you can do, see and experience at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka

At The Fairway Galle Literary Festival, you will find:

1. Famous Writers: For most of us a chance to meet a famous writer, to listen to way he speaks, what motivates him or her, to have a book signed is probably the most motivating factor, and the FGLF has offered this in abundance: Sir Arthur C. Clark, Germaine Greer, Vikram Seth, Edna O’Brien, Ian Rankin, Michael Morpurgo, Candace Bushnell, Sir Tom Stoppard, Alexander McCall Smith, Chimmimanda Ngozi Ardiche amd Maddhur Jaffrey are among the writers whose presence meant that within one year Harper’s had named it the Number 1 Festival in the world.

2. The Bigger Picture: Expanding the boundaries of literature, the festival has had some of the finest writers of non-fiction lined up for intellectual jousting: Richard Dawkins, Anthony Beevoir, Christina Lamb, Pico Iyer, Sir Mark Tully. Lesley Hazleton, Simon Winchester, Shashi Taroor and more.

3. The Booker Bonanza: Many of the writers have either won the Booker Prize or were on the short list: Kiran Desai and Colm Toibin are among this very select group, and we have more at the 2018 Festival (Register Here).

4. The Sri Lankan Factor: The Festival is a chance to meet both local and diaspora writers: Shyam Selvalduarai, Romesh Gunasekara, Nuri Vitachi, Ashok Ferrey and Channa Daswatte.

5. Poetry/Plays/Cultural Shows, Cabarets and Fine Dinners: As the sun goes down Galle comes alive with entertainment of a different kind . . . we have had wine tastings with Jancis Robinson, gin tastings and gourmet dinners with the most famous of chefs: the late Rose Gray, Rick Stein, David Thomson, Skye Gygnell, Peter Kuravita, Madhur Jaffrey, to name a few . . . we have a an infused arrack tasting next year.

6. Workshops and Specialist Talks and Walks: Among the first events to sell out are the Galle Fort walks by Channa Daswatte and Mrs Cader. Professor Robson always does a good one on architecture.

7. Young People: There are ample opportunities for the young to get involved, and they don’t just read Harry Potter! During the next lit. fest we will have three debates among local schools, both boys and girls – it will be interesting to see who wins! The event will be chaired by the only Sri Lankan of the Oxford Union who has not been assassinated!

And some people just want to be with friends and mingle and be part of a social event . . . but most people have what the Thais call “sanuk” – a sense of fun – they may even learn something!

… A Note from the Festival Founder

Journalist and Author Christina Lamb at The Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

A Look Back: Christina Lamb at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival

“A literary festival in a medieval fort. Palm trees and sunsets over the Indian ocean; poets and jazz singers; book lovers from Sri Lanka and around the world. What not to like! Galle was the most magical literary festival I have ever been to …  I didn’t want to leave.”

– Christina Lamb (#FGLF2017)

Christina Lamb OBE, participated at the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka.

She is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents, having won the Foreign Correspondent of the Year award – five times, and the bestselling author of several books, including I am Malala, which she co-wrote with Malala Yousafzai.

Her events at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, included:

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“I never set out to cover conflict or war … I actually really just wanted to be a novelist.”

 

Christina Lamb has reported from most of the world’s hot-spots starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 22. She consequently moved to Peshawar to cover the mujaheddin fighting the Soviet Union and within two years she had been named Young Journalist of the Year.

Farwell Kabul a book by Christina Lamb - FGLF2017 Participant

Her assignments have seen her narrowly escape danger on several occasions, notably, in 2007 she was on-board a bus which was attacked during an attempt on the life of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which left at least 180 people dead.

In an interview with the Khaleej Times, Christina explains that she never set out to make a career out of journalism, but over the years – driven by a passion for storytelling – she has traveled the globe, giving a voice to the voiceless in often dangerous, life-threatening situations.

“You’re meeting people living on the edge in really dramatic circumstances, and it’s very difficult sometimes to go back to everyday life after doing that”.

“Also, the world is a much messier place. There are more wars going on now than ever in my lifetime. If you want to cover major foreign issues, that means going into dangerous places”.

Over the years, work such as hers has become more dangerous, as extremist groups and governments increasingly turn their weapons on journalists.

 

“If they kill a soldier, it doesn’t make headlines – If they kill a journalist, it makes headlines … and they don’t differentiate.”

 

Despite the difficult situations that she often reports on and writes about, Lamb said she does what she can to find the uplifting and positive stories that can arise from tragedy, such as the tale of Nujeen Mustafa.

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey From War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair published by Harper Collins, is Christina Lamb’s newest book which recounts the experience of the wheelchair-bound Syrian who travelled 3,500 miles from her destroyed hometown of Kobani in Syria to Germany. The story details how the Nujeen and her sister overcame smugglers, dangerously leaky dinghies, and razor wire to reach freedom.

Read this fascinating interview with Christina Lamb on Nujeen on National Geographic.

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey From War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair - with Christina Lamb

Christina Lamb is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; was presented the Sue Lloyd-Roberts/UNHCR Award for her writing on refugees; in 2016 she won the Foreign Press Association Award for Feature of the Year for reporting on the Chibok girls in Nigeria and in 2015 Amnesty International’s Newspaper Journalist of the Year for reporting from inside Libyan detention centres.

Her books include:

Follow Christina Lamb on her website at: http://christinalamb.net/index.html

Announcing the dates for the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018.

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 is ON … January 24th – 28th, 2018.

The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival will be held from January 24th - 28th 2018.

The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival will be held from January 24th – 28th 2018.

The much awaited Fairway Galle Literary Festival will return to mark its 9th year at its home, the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.

The festival will take place from January 24th – 28th, 2018 … please block out your calendars.

It is no longer only a literary festival, but a stage for all artists.

From its inception in 2007, each year has seen this unique event expanding and diversifying to encompass all forms of art. It is no longer only a literary festival, but a stage for all artists – authors, painters, poets, dancers, photographers, architects, cinematographers just to name a few.

The festival is now a meeting place for global creativity.

Follow us by clicking the “Follow” button at the footer of our website and be updated via email on what we have in store for the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018.

You can also follow us on Social Media at the following:

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all at the festival in January 2018!

Buy a Book - Help a Child by Sri Lankan Cares at FGLF 2017.

Buy a Book – Help a Child.

Here’s your chance to acquire the following Rare Autographed Books by the world-renowned authors who participated in the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2016.

Buy a Book - Help a Child with Sri Lankan Cares at the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

All proceeds of the sale of these books will go to child education programmes conducted by SriLankan Cares, the community development arm of SriLankan Airlines.

Book Author Price in Sri Lankan Rupees
Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War Sebastian Faulks 7,500
Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell, Forgotten Explorer Jenny Balfour-Paul 7,500
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Sebastian Faulks 7,000
Made in India: Cooked In Britain Recipes From And Indian Family Kitchen Meera Sodha 7,500
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic Tom Holland 8,500
The Humans: A Novel Matt Haig 7,500
The Hungry Tide: A Novel Amitav Ghosh 8,000
You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! Andy Stanton 7,000

To make your purchases … visit the SriLankan Airlines Stall at the Lit Café, at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival from 11 January – 15 January 2017.

For more information please visit Sri Lankan Cares

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Author Dinah Jefferies

Author Dinah Jefferies Will Not Be Attending the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

Dinah Jefferies was suddenly taken ill on Wednesday January 4th evening.

In her keen desire to attend the Festival, she held off canceling in the hopes her doctors would still permit her to travel because she really wanted to attend the Festival and also visit Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, by Thursday night, her doctors, after careful consultation and examination of Ms. Jefferies, advised her not to fly for the next two weeks. She sends her deep regrets about having to cancel.

In light of this, the Festival announces that her In Conversation session scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday January 12th, as well as her Private Affair on Saturday January 14th at 12:30 p.m. will be CANCELLED.

However, the Literary Dinner she was to co-host with the brilliant poet Kate Tempest on Friday, January 13th at 8 p.m. at Tamarind Hill will go ahead.

2017 FGLF Event: Literary Dinner with Dinah Jefferies and Kate Tempest.

2017 FGLF Event: Literary Dinner with Dinah Jefferies and Kate Tempest.

Tempest’s album was recently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and was winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She is a rising star on the music and spoken word scene. It promises to be a dazzling evening that attendees will long remember.

View Event Details

Anyone wanting to exchange tickets should email tickets.fglf@gmail.com

FGLF 2017 New Events with N. Ram, Nayanjot Lahiri, Kate Tempest and Jennifer Murray.

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival Announces Some Exciting New Last Minute Additions …

With less than a week to go before opening night, the Fairway Galle Literary Festival is excited to announce some last minute additions to it”s programme …

2017 FGLF Event - Thinking Out Loud with N. Ram

N. Ram, Chairman and Publisher of The Hindu group of newspapers will be giving a talk titled Free Speech Deficits which will be a reflection on the fraught state of freedom of expression in India, with some brief observations on recent free speech issues in Sri Lanka.

Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort
Entry Ticket: FREE

Learn More …


SUNSET SERIES: Jennifer Murray on Solo.

Jennifer Murray’s spellbinding talk on her adventure flying a helicopter solo to the Artic, and her subsequent crash and tale of survival in whiteout conditions will now be accompanied by free cocktails and canapés at Tamarind Hill, for those who buy tickets to her event.

Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Tamarind Hill, Galle
Entry Ticket: Rs. 1,000

Learn More …


FGLF 2017 Event - Thinking Out Loud with Kate Tempest on Let Them Eat Chaos.

Don’t miss Kate Tempest’s dazzling spoken-word performance from her new album ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’

Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
Entry Ticket: Rs. 1,000 or with a Festival Pass or a Friday Day Pass.

Learn More …


2017 FGLF Event: Nayanjot Lahiri on Finding Forgotten Cities - How The Indus Civilization was Discovered.

By popular festival demand Professor Nayanjot Lahiri will be giving an additional talk on ‘Finding Forgotten Cities: How The Indus Civilization was Discovered’.

Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2017.
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort
Entry Ticket: Rs. 1,200 or with a Festival Pass.

Learn More …


Buy your tickets online at MyDeal.lk or at our box offices in Colombo, hotline – 0717040011 and Galle hotline 0717020011.

Please note the Colombo Box Office will close from 8th January and reopen in Galle at 25, Leyn Bahn Street, Galle Fort on 9th January.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Children's Programme.

Learning Made Fun at the 2017 MAS Galle Children’s Programme.

Activities & Workshops for the Younger Literati.

Tickets for the Children’s Programme will be available for purchase up until the day of each event … But HURRY, tickets are selling out fast!

Collect Tickets from the Festival Box Office at: 25, Leyn Bahn Street, Galle Fort.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Children's Programme - sponsored by MAS Holdings.

The 2017 MAS Galle Children’s Programme, has a super-cool, 2-day Mini Lit Fest scheduled on Saturday, Jan 14 and Sunday Jan 15, at the Thomas Gall School, to once again engage our younger festival-goers in a fun series of activities and workshops.

Events will be hosted by several of the award-winning participants from the main 2017 Galle Literary Festival ensuring a day full of fun-filled activities for budding learners.

The programme is tailored to 3 individual age groups:

  • 5-7 years.
  • 8-11 years.
  • 12-14 years.

The events will include storyboarding, performance poetry, theatre, writing songs, drawing comics and even demystifying illusions and magic tricks, along with yummy refreshments and a delicious lunch served during the breaks.

View Children’s Programme Details

  • Pass for Saturday, January 14th 2017: Rs.3,000
  • Pass for Sunday, January 15th 2017: Rs.2,500

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Featured Workshops

Story Telling with Jeeva Raghunath

FGLF 2017 Children's Programme Participant - Jeeva Raghunath

Jeeva Raghunath’s workshops are highly interactive and based on time-tested techniques which develop communication skills and develop language skills through story telling. They include, tell-along tales with finger play, participatory storytelling, interactive stories and theatrical techniques for older teens where they will learn how a simple narrative can become a performance by using voice, body and soul.


The Secrets of Magic with Neel Madhav

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Magician Neel Madhav

Nothing wow’s us more than magic! Well now your kids will learn the “tricks of the trade” from one of the best in the region. Neel Madhav is a celebrated new-age illusionist and mentalist who combines magic with mentalism to deliver an experience that will entertain and amaze. He is the creator of the hugely popular travel and street-magic show ‘You Got Magic with Neel Madhav’, which is in its third year.


Create a Comic with Reinhard Kleist

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Reinhard Kleist.

Moms and dads, you must have heard of The Avengers or at least Superman by now, right? Well, trust us when we say that your kids have! Now they get the chance to learn how to create their first comic book with award winning graphic novel illustrator Reinhard Kleist, where he will workshop the step by step development and illustration of a story about a beach-dwelling hero.


Street Art with Charles Uzzell Edwards

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Charles Uzzell Edwards aka Pure Evil

Street Art … better known by the cool kids as Graffiti, will be taught by a master of the art-form, Charles Uzzell Edwards. His workshops for the kids will include learning how to create his iconic street art animals, street art lettering, making stencils, using paints, creating tags, bubble letters and more for each different age group.


Rhythm and Rhyme with Ramsay

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Ramsay

Entertaining and fun-filled songwriting workshops await kids and teens where they will learn how to write a songs which expresses their individual creativity, rhyming and singing talents all at once … Watch out Adele!


Poetry Writing, Music and Games with Jemima Foxtrot

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Jemima Foxtrot.

Acclaimed British performance poet Jemima Foxtrot will teach your kids how to write the recipe of their name! Curious? … We would hope so! A game driven worksop that teaches how to write a acrostic poem around – your name. For the teenagers, Jemima will use their favorite pop songs to teach them how ‘their music’ can inspire their own poetry.


Performance Poetry with Luke Wright

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Luke Wright

Especially for the teens with something to say … wordsmith and performance poet extrodinaire Luke Wright will teach techniques of how to write poems that are punchy, powerful and sound “too cool for school”! At his workshop students will write a poem and yes … perform it like a pro!


Memory Poetry and Storyboarding with Malika Booker.

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Malika Booker.

Our life journey is our memories, Malika Booker will teach how to create a map of those memories and bring your personal poetry to life. The youngsters will also learn to use creative drawing as a tool to build and plan their own stories.


Create Your Own Characters with Anita Nair.

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Anita Nair.

A fun workshop where our young literati will create their own characters with word and line guided by Anita Nair, recipient of the Central Sahitya Akademi award for her contribution to Children’s Literature in 2013, whose books have been translated into 30 languages.


Characters from Folklore with Prashani Rambukwella.

2017 FGLF Children's Programme Participant - Prashani Rambukwella.

A fun-filled creative workshop where youngsters get to know some popular characters from folklore … and create their very own!


A Story about Self Discovery with Preeti Vyas

2017 MAS Children's Program Participant - Preeti Vyas.

Preeti Vyas is going to introduce you to Samaira, little chocolate-coloured little girl who loves colours. But what happens when she meets a strange purple lady who offers to change her into a shade of white? Will little Samaira give in to the annoying Anahi’s narrow idea of beauty, or is she happy just the way she is? Join Samaira on her journey of self discovery up on the fluffy clouds.


  • Pass for Saturday, January 14th 2017: Rs.3,000
  • Pass for Sunday, January 15th 2017: Rs.2,500

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2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Ticket and Passes Information.

FGLF 2017 Tickets Guide

Hear ye, Hear ye … the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Box Office will open on December 8, 2016

This is your guide to the passes and tickets available for the 110 events that will take place from January 11-15, 2017.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Tickets and Passes Guide.

View: 2017 Festival Programme

View: 2017 Children’s Programme


Tickets & Passes:

Festival events can be accessed using (1) Event Tickets, (2) Festival Passes or (3) Day Passes. Each event (view 2017 programme) indicates the type of ticket or pass you can use to gain access.

Tickets and Passes will be made available online on Dec 8, 2016 at:

  • MyDeal.lk

You will also be able to purchase and collect your tickets and passes on Dec 8, 2016 at:

  • Mydeal.lk Showroom, No.740, Galle Road, Colombo 4 (Bambalapitiya Junction).
  • 25, Leyn Bahn Street, Galle Fort, Galle.

The Festival Pass

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Pass.

Festival Pass gives you access to 33 events during the the festival from January 11-15, 2017. With this single pass you can access 9 events on Thursday, January 12 (Day 2), 11 events on Friday, January 13 (Day 3), 10 events on Saturday, January 14 (Day 4) and 3 events on Sunday, January 15 (Day 5).

Cost: Rs.12,000

Box Office Opens Dec 8th 2016


The Day Pass

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Day Pass.

The Day Pass gives you access to events taking place on Day 3 (Friday, January 13 2017) and Day 4 (Saturday, January 14 2017). Friday’s Day Pass gives you access to 11 events and Saturday’s Day Pass gives you access to 10 events.

Cost: Rs.4,000

Box Office Opens Dec 8th 2016


Event Tickets

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Event Tickets.

An Event Ticket gives you access to a single event only. In addition to the 33 events that can ALSO be accessed with a Festival Pass or a Day Pass, there are an additional 59 events that can ONLY be accessed with an Event Ticket.

Cost: Varies by Event

Box Office Opens Dec 8th 2016


Children’s Programme Ticket

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Children's Programme Tickets

A Children’s Programme Ticket covers an entire day (9am – 4pm) of activities and events hosted by festival participants, which include story telling, art, music, poetry, theater and even magic! The Saturday Ticket gives your child access to 6 events which includes refreshments and lunch. The Sunday Ticket gives your child access to 4 events which includes refreshments and lunch.

Cost: Rs.3,000 (Saturday) / Rs.2,500 (Sunday)

Box Office Opens Dec 8th 2016


What to Buy

The most common practice is to purchase either a Festival Pass (if you are attending the entire Festival) or a Day Pass (if you are attending an entire day only … please note that Day Passes are only available for Day 3 and 4), and select the Event Tickets for individual events not covered by the pass that you want to attend.