“A better setting for a literary festival could hardly be imagined. It was a magical experience.”
"Engaged, progressive, wonderful! Rich program, containing queer, gender, interculturality: open-minded, as the entire world should be."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"An exhilarating five days with thrilling readers, actors and performers ... in the most charming, hospitable corner of the world."
"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."
"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."
"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."