Date: Thursday, January 12 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Location: Fairway Pavilion, Galle Fort.

This in-depth literary session focuses on motherhood and being a woman in contemporary England.

It begins with a reading by the extraordinary spoken word poet, Malika Booker, whose work captures her passion for Caribbean, while also exploring issues of race and gender.

Dame Margaret Drabble has been writing about the lives of women since the 1960’s with her ground breaking ‘The Millstone’, which dared to explore the then taboo subject of single motherhood and raising an illegitimate child.

‘The Peppered Moth’ is a novel about the lives of three generations of women and inspired by Drabble’s own mother and family.

‘The Pure Gold Baby’ is a charming book about a woman raising and loving a mentally-challenged daughter. Drabble is humane, compassionate and witty, and has kept her liberal sensibilities through Britain’s flirtations with the Right, which she has documented in her work.

She was given Britain’s highest honour for her contribution to literature. This is a must-see event.

“Drabble’s brilliance . . . builds up a sense of wide horizons that one has never seen in quite the same way before.” – The Times.

Malika Booker’s visit is sponsored by the British Council. Margaret Drabble’s travel is sponsored by Sri Lankan Airlines.