2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva

Sir Desmond de Silva is unable to participate in the FGLF 2018

FGLF 2018 Participant - Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival Team regrets to inform you that owing to unforseen circumstances, Sir Desmond de Silva is unable to participate in the FGLF 2018.


About The Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 - January 24-28 2018

The very much anticipated Fairway Galle Literary Festival returns to mark its 9th year, taking place from January 24th – 28th 2018. The Festival will feature workshops, panel discussions, debates, poetry readings, cooking classes, theatre workshops and literary lunches during the day. The late evenings will feature poetry slams, jazz performances, wine tastings, art showings, photographic exhibitions and literary dinners.

A fun and engaging children’s programme also takes place for the younger literati during the day, in addition to several outreach programs.

The festival events take place at historical landmark locations, boutique hotels, and private properties in and around the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka, making this festival truly an immersive cultural experience that celebrates literature and the arts.

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2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Second Participant Announcement

Second Announcement of Participants Attending the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

The second announcement of invited participants in the forthcoming 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, includes individuals from a wide range of literary pursuits; actresses, writers of fiction and of memoir, lawyers, diplomats, journalists, editors, performance poets, curators, architects, historians and economists.

The Festival, now in its ninth year, takes place by virtue of the generous sponsorship of the title sponsor Fairway Holdings, setting an example of corporate leadership in the promotion of the Arts. This is the third occasion on which Fairway Holdings is providing the title sponsorship of the Festival.

The Tourist Board of Sri Lanka is the Official Destination Partner, Jetwing Hotels is the Official Hospitality Partner, Sri Lanka Telecom is the Official Telecom Partner and the DFCC Bank is the Official Banking Partner.

At the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 we will welcome Dame Maggie Smith, who scarcely requires any introduction; she is one of the finest actresses of her generation, an achievement she wears lightly and with a grace quite belying the storied trappings of fame. She has been a star of the stage and screen for many years and at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival would like to explore the skills of comedy acting. After her roles in The Lady in the Van, Downton Abbey, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Harry Potter, The Exotic Marigold Hotel and many another, she is ideally qualified to do so.

FGLF2018 Participant - Dame Maggie Smith

Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane’s presentation of three murder cases will afford the audience a nuanced appreciation of the human complexities of the judicial system, and of the challenge of balancing a concern for victims with society’s desire for closure.

FGLF2018 Participant - Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane

A familiar figure in Sri Lanka, former High Commissioner Nirupama Menon Rao, who went on to become Foreign Secretary of India, will read from and speak about her new book on Sino-Indian relations.

FGLF2018 Participant - Nirupama Menon Rao

Kiryl Rudy will delve into behavior economics and the nudge theory, currently in the forefront of international economic discourse.

FGLF2018 Participant - Kiryl Rudy

History will be brought to life by Nisid Hajari, author of “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition,” winner of the 2016 Colby Award.

FGLF2018 Participant - Nisid Hajari

Visiting journalists include Justine Picardie, who is editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK and Town & Country UK and author of the biography “Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life” which was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards.

FGLF2018 Participant - Justine Picardie

Editor, journalist, television presenter, and bestselling author Rachel Johnson (who also happens to be the younger sister of the past mayor of London Boris Johnson) will bring her wide experience of journalism and editing to the FGLF 2018.

FGLF2018 Participant - Rachel Johnson

Australian Sallyanne Atkinson will share her experience as the first female Lord-Mayor of Sydney. Sallyanne grew up in Colombo on a tea-planter’s estate and will also share with us and with others whose formative years were spent on planters’ estates, her experience of this distinctive lifestyle.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Sallyanne Atkinson

Two hundred years since the remarkable English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote his seminal “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner”, The Reverend Doctor Malcolm Guite, Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge, will share with us the insights of his new study of Coleridge’s famous narrative poem, revealing to us the remarkable continuing freshness and relevance of the mariner’s message, so very long after Coleridge so memorably gave voice to it.

FGLF2018 Participant - Malcolm Guite

Environmental architect Sunela Jayewardene’s travelogue “Line of Lanka” also explores the oral tradition in history and story-telling, deftly chronicling its impact on archaeology.

FGLF2018 Participant - Sunela Jayewardene

Udeni Samarasekara will offer her take on the oral tradition in literature in a session entitled “Literature Without Words”.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Udeni Samarasekara.

The spoken word artist Laurence Boissier will share with us her original oral work combining language and dialect. She will also read to us from her first novel, “Rentre de Classes”. Her visit is made possible by the generous cultural partnership of Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Author Laurence Boissier

German writer Michael Kumpfmüller joins us through the gracious sponsorship of cultural partner the Goethe-Institut and will read from and speak about his exquisitely written novel based on the last year in the life of Franz Kafka. “The Glory of Life”, the events of which take place in 1924, the same year as the Olympics on which ‘Chariots of Fire’ is based, is a stunning testimony to the ordinariness of true beauty, and of how much closer to our reach it may be than we so often think.

FGLF 2018 Participant - Author Michael Kumpfmuller

South African writer Calvyn Gilfellan, whose visit is sponsored and facilitated by the High Commission for South Africa, will also revisit the past by exploring the Dutch Fort of South Africa and exploring the redemptive possibilities of previously oppressive spaces.

FGLF2018 Participant - Calvyn Gilfellan

Performance is an important part of the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, and the celebrated contemporary Bangladeshi band Chirkutt, brought to us by the High Commission for Bangladesh, will perform twice during the Festival.

FGLF2018 Participant - Chirkutt

Award winning spoken-word poet Carlos Andres Gomez, will perform from Man Up, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male.

FGLF 2018 Participant Carlos Andrés Gómez, author of Man Up - Reimagining Modern Manhood.

The participation of the piano duet of Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst has been made possible by the Dutch Embassy.

FGLF2018 Participants - Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst

The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival includes two important programmes which very considerably widen the scope of the Festival’s reach.

These are The Children’s Outreach Programme which will this year be sponsored by the American Embassy and the North-South Programme sponsored by the German Embassy. The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is deeply grateful to these two sponsors for their generous facilitation of these important social initiatives.

The full list of the second announcement of authors is as follows:



The  2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival will take place from January 24th – 28th 2018.

The festival events take place at historical landmark locations, boutique hotels, and private properties in and around the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, making this festival truly an immersive cultural experience that celebrates literature and the arts.

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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:


“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

Fiona Shaw at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2016

A Look Back: Fiona Shaw at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival

Fiona Shaw, known to the Potter fandom as Harry’s Aunt Petunia, celebrated her 59th birthday on July 10th. This talented Irish actress and director is a mix of class, wit and intellect.

Well known for her role as Mrs. Dursley in Harry Potter, Marnie in True Blood and in several leading Shakespearean drama’s, Shaw is eloquent and passionate about her work and her love for language.

Fiona Shaw (CBE) was a noted participant at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2016.

Her events included “Thinking Out Loud: Fiona Shaw on Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies” which took place at Hall de Galle, and “Tea and Poetry – a Poetry Reading: Fiona Shaw and Mona Arshi” which took place at Poonie’s Kitchen.

A festival-goer writes this about Fiona’s event …

“The absolute highlight to me, scintillating and gooseflesh producingly exhilarating was the session from 5.30 to 7.00 pm with Fiona Shaw on Shakespeare and Friends, Ibsen and Enemies where her theme was the use of language.”

“On the Thursday of the GLF, she came on stage smiling, dressed in the simplest but most dramatic of dresses – a straight A-line sleeveless and square-necked dark blue dress. She’s Irish and was made to speak English in school.”

“Some of what she said is quoted here: ‘Shakespeare is the Google of language; he invented words which were among the 40,000 used by him. He took language and made it plastic. He reinvented the metaphor. The structure of language he made physical; thought equals feeling; consonants represent the intellect, vowels feeling. The Globe Theatre was in the shape of a brain.’ About the later dramatists like Ibsen and Brecht: ‘The 17 Century saw the birth of neurosis. With Brecht the end result is gloomy and has terror; the play exists in the mind.'”
“More astonishing than what she said was what she did … A single woman dressed starkly simple transformed the stage to a theatre. She acted out several bits of Shakespeare and also spoke poetry from T S Eliot, mostly from the Wasteland. She so easily and accurately changed her accent, her tone, her diction and the way she stood or walked. Fiona Shaw was absolutely wonderful. What I said to my two friends was that she made the FGLF for me.”

Read the full review of the FGLF2016 on their blog: Ceylon-Ananda


Panchali Illankoon At Daily Mirror Life, got the chance to talk to the Irish actress and director about beginnings, tough times and her work over the years


P.I. How do you like Sri Lanka?

F.S. What I love about Sri Lanka is that it’s very much like Ireland. It’s a small compact country. Because of that I feel like I recognize the country and I absolutely love being here because we’ve been frozen and drowned in my country so it’s fantastic to be here. You have such immense beauty and I think the literary festival is another leap forward. I’m thrilled to be a part of this!

P.I. What was it like to get into the character of Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter?

F.S. She’s very described in the book and I enjoyed her so much. She’s so important in the book because without that springboard you would never get the magic. In a way I feel that magic is the revenge children take from adults and in that way the Dursleys represent the panic young people feel when they are in a home which is so prescribed. But I adored my character and I adored her little costumes!

P.I. Does it ever get tiring being recognized for Aunt Petunia?

I’m thrilled to be recognized and sometime when I get off at the airport and children go insane about Aunt Petunia and some get frightened and run to their moms. But it’s often children who have a ball with it. Sometimes I’m in the subway and I see a child look at me and they can’t believe their eyes so I give them a little wink and they get so frightened!

(Read Panchali Illankoon’s complete interview online at : http://life.dailymirror.lk/)


Did you know?

One of Fiona Shaw’s favorite books is, WAVE by Sonali Deraniyagala.

Wave by Fairway Galle Literary Festival Author Sonali Deraniyagala

“Astonishing memoir of the tsunami in 2004 when Sonali lost her husband, parents and children. She held on to a branch and lived. Thereafter it’s an amazing description of their happy life in London and Sri Lanka before they died. I was blown away by it”.
Fiona Shaw.


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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.

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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 Reading List.

2017 Festival Reading List

Are you ready to meet and discuss your favorite novels with their authors? Here is your reading list for the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival …

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Reading List.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Reading List.

  • The White Queen The Other Boleyn Girl Three Sisters Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory
  • Nora Webster The Testament of Mary Brooklyn A Guest at the Feast Mothers and Sons The Master by Colm Tobin
  • The Shiva Trilogy The Secret of the Nagas The Oath of the Vayuputras Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripati
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life – Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • The Peppered Moth The Millstone The Dark Flood Rises The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble
  • The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jeffries
  • All Damn Day by Jemima Foxtrot
  • Who Writes This Crap? The Toll What I Learned From Johnny Bevan by Luke Wright
  • Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka by John Gimlette
  • Idris: Keeper of the Light Chain of Custody Muezza and Baby Jaan: Stories from the Quran by Anita Nair
  • Road to Urbino The Swimmer by Roma Tearne
  • The Monogram Murders Closed Casket Pessimism for Beginners by Sophie Hannah
  • Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse Packing Up: Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse Full Marks for Trying: An unlikely journey from the Raj to the rag trade by Brigid Keenan
  • Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram
  • Ashoka in Ancient India by Nayanjot Lahiri
  • Play With Me by Ananth Padmanabhan
  • The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young by Somini Sengupta
  • The Magnetic North: Travels in the Arctic by Sara Wheeler
  • Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa
  • Ours are the Streets, The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Suhota
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-torn Syria in a Wheelchair by Christina Lamb
  • Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A sweet-sour memoir of eating in China, Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China by Fuchsia Dunlop
  • The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
  • The Painted Girls, The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Buchanan
  • Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing
  • The First Muslim, After the Prophet, Mary: A Flesh-And-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible’s Harlot Queen Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto by Lesley Hazleton
  • Accusation by Catherine Bush
  • Incarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives by Sunil Khilnani
  • Now Solo, Broken Journey by Jennifer Murray
  • Women Garden Designers: 1900 to the Present by Kristina Taylor
  • The Irrawaddy: Burma’s Kingly Stream by Caroline Courtauld
  • Kiting the Hurricane by Dom Mee
  • A Long Watch by Sunila Gallapatti
  • The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
  • You Got Magic by Neel Mahadev
  • What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera
  • An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar The Boxer by Reinhard Kleist
  • Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  • Breadfruit, Pepper Seed by Malika Booker
  • Lickerland, Asian Accented Desserts by Jason Licker
  • The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons by Ashok Ferrey.

Happy reading and see you all in January at the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Fairway Galle Literary Festival’s First Reveal for 2017.

Block your calendars … Your favourite Literary Festival is back!

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is proud to announce it’s first of many participant reveals for the 2017 festival …

Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin - Author - Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

Author of Brooklyn, adapted onto the big screen and in turn nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture … View Participant Profile

Dame Margaret Drabble

FGLF 2017 Participant - Dame Margaret Drabble

Author of ‘The Pure Gold Baby’ and 17 other novels. Holder of the distinguished Golden PEN Award … View Participant Profile

Lesley Hazleton

FGLF 2017 Author - Lesley Hazleton

Author of ‘The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammed’, New York Times Editors Choice and an avid TedTalk speaker … View Participant Profile

Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

Author of the fastest selling book series in Indian history – The Shiva Trilogy … View Participant Profile

The Festival looks to showcase participants who inspire … and are inspired!

10 years on since its initial start date, the Festival has grown organically in size, content and feeling. Festival organizers are looking to ride on the success of the 2016 Festival, by delivering an even more exceptional 2017.

The Festival dates for 2017 are the 11th – 15th of January 2017.

New additions for 2017 will be the introduction of one day of Sinhala programming on the 14th of January 2017. This innovative programme will be free and will highlight the diversity of the Sinhala Literary Arts through discussions, poetry readings, short films and writings in translations amongst others.

Another addition to 2017 is the Outreach Children’s Programme held in Jaffna on the 17th & 18th of January 2017. The programme’s aim is to develop the literary arts in English in the North and bring the world to the children of Jaffna, through some wonderful international children’s authors.

Much credit must be given to our Festival’s partners, as without them this 8th edition of the Festival would not be possible.

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is substantially supported by Fairway Holdings, in its second year as title sponsor.

Hemaka de Alwis, Chairman, Fairway Holdings, stated:

“The Fairway Galle Literary Festival has become one of the principal cultural events in the world, bringing together people of many nationalities who love literature and affording them the opportunity of friendly interaction with world renowned authors. The blending in of architectural, musical and culinary events and the charming, old world atmosphere of Galle Fort contribute to the continuing success of the Festival. We believe that excellence in creative writing is an essential hallmark of modern cultural life in a nation. Accordingly, the annual Fairway National Literary Awards for the best novels in English, Sinhala and Tamil will be awarded during the Festival. Our continued zest to take forward the yearly Fairway Galle Literary Festival stems from the encouragement we receive from our audiences. The Fairway Galle Literary Festival acts as a catalyst to make national literary aspirations blossom forth.”

The Festival is glad to welcome back both Jetwing Hotels and Sri Lankan Airlines, as Official Hospitality Partner and Official Travel Partner, respectively.

Returning Silver partners are: Amangalla, Anim8, The British Council , Galle Face Hotel, The Fort Printers and the Owl and the Pussycat, as well as Electronic Media Partner, The TNL Group and Print/Online Media Partner, The Wijeya Group.

This is the first taste of what is to come in 2017. Our full participant release will be in October 2016.

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