FGLF Participant Testimonials

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Tom Holland.

“A better setting for a literary festival could hardly be imagined. It was a magical experience.”

Tom Holland (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Heike Fiedler.

"Engaged, progressive, wonderful! Rich program, containing queer, gender, interculturality: open-minded, as the entire world should be."

Heike Fiedler (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Literary Festival Participant Amitav Ghosh.

"The Galle Festival offers everything one could ask for in a festival - engaged and well-read audiences and a beautiful and unusual setting, one that has been a crossroads of cultures for many centuries."

Amitav Ghosh (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant William Sieghart.

"I couldn't recommend the Galle Literary Festival more highly. It's an astonishingly beautiful place with a very special blend of writers to engage with. Worth visiting wherever you are."

William Sieghart (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant - Jenny Balfour-Paul.

"Out of all the literary festivals I have attended, Galle was the most exotic. Galle Fort is fascinating and beautiful (where else would an author speak in a former 17th century cinnamon warehouse?) there was a marvellous mix of authors and audiences, and the organisation was faultless."

Jenny Balfour-Paul (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Visakessa Chandrasekaram

"The GLF gave me a fantastic opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and be inspired by other writers. It was also a great occasion to showcase my work. It was a place to meet new friends and renew old friendships. I would certainly come again next year."

Visakessa Chandrasekaram (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Mona Arshi

"An exhilarating five days with thrilling readers, actors and performers ... in the most charming, hospitable corner of the world."

Mona Arshi (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Paul M.M Cooper

"With an incredible lineup and one of the best settings in the world, the Galle Literary Festival is back and better than ever. This year proved that one of South Asia's best arts festivals can be found in southern Sri Lanka, and few others can claim to be as welcoming and enjoyable."

Paul M.M Cooper (FGLF 2016)

2016 Fairway Galle Literary Festival Participant Ovidia Yu

"The literary festival was an international cultural experience in the best sense, with an impressive range of writers who got to interact in and with the beautiful people, prose and physical landscape of Sri Lanka."

Ovidia Yu (FGLF 2016)

"I appreciate the Galle Literary Festival for bringing readers and books together without creating a flea market atmosphere. It underscores the connection of communities and ideas. At the heart of every discussion is an examination of how literature helps us more effectively share our world."

Gregory Pardlo (FGLF 2016)