FGLF Participant Testimonials

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Shehan Karunatilaka.

“I’ve been to the Galle Literary Festival as an author, as a fanboy, as a tourist and as a local.  … Sometimes all at the same time.”

Shehan Karunatilaka (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Saba Douglas Hamilton.

I absolutely loved Galle and ADORED the festival. So stimulating and inspiring, and such an honour to be there as a speaker.

Saba Douglas Hamilton (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Anthony McGowan.

Without doubt Galle is the most purely enjoyable literary festival anywhere in the world.
Once again, thanks for everything!

Anthony McGowan (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Padma Viswanathan

“I don’t know how the Galle organizers make this festival so rewardingly intimate, given its size and range. All the events are well-attended, with lots of chances for informal encounters with fellow writers, local readers, and the gorgeous Sri Lankan landscape–encounters occasionally assisted by arrack cocktails–as well as the headiness of glimpsing this country’s cultural re-building, post-war. A delight and a privilege.”

Padma Viswanathan (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Andy Stanton

“The Galle Festival was a delight from start to finish. A staggeringly impressive array of writers in absolutely beautiful surroundings. What a treat!”

Andy Stanton (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Meg Rosoff

“If you’re lucky enough to be invited to the Galle literary festival, do not check your schedule, do not consult your agent, do not consult your family or the weather — just say yes, and make all your excuses later. You won’t regret it.”

Meg Rosoff (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - David Lough

“The special appeal of Galle’s festival is its intimacy – writers and readers spend several days together, relaxing in a wonderful location, surrounded by the sea and warm breezes.”

David Lough (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Samanth Subramanian

“The Galle Lit Fest is warm, intimate and charming. It becomes, very quickly, a conversation among friends, which is the best possible way to talk about the things we love: books, writing, literature.”

Samanth Subramanian (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Mark Tully

“The Galle festival is unique. Its fascinating writers,  its helpful volunteers, its eager, responsive audiences, its wonderfully warm hospitality  – all set in such beautiful and historic surroundings”.

Mark Tully (FGLF 2016)

2016 Galle Literary Festival Participant Quote - Minoli Salgado

“A wonderful fusion of the creative and the critical, where stimulating debates and performances meet practical workshop experience and elements of cultural extravaganza. It is also truly international. In many ways, the FGLF is where Sri Lanka meets the world”

Minoli Salgado (FGLF 2016)