The Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 –Internationally acclaimed authors to take part
JanithaDias Bandaranayake, the festival director, announced some of the acclaimed authors who will participate at the literary festival as the 1st author reveal at a function held at hotel Jetwingcolombo seven.
The Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2018 with Fairway Holdings as its title sponsor for the third successive year will take place from 24 – 28 January at the UNESCO World heritage site of Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.
The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is Sri Lanka's only dedicated literary festival and will feature renownedand accomplished authors, filmmakers, radio broadcasters, newspaper editors and academics from countriesaround the world including England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Guyana, Pakistan, India and Tasmania.
Highlights of the 2018 Festival include the attendance of Pankaj Mishra, author of 'Age of Anger'(2017) and of Shrabani Basu, whose novel 'Victoria and Abdul' has just been made into a major motion picture starring Dame Judi Dench; also in attendance acclaimed film producer David, Lord Puttnam, the recipient of 10O scars who memorably brought us 'Chariots of Fire.'
Other acclaimed writers include Bachi Karkaria whose recent publication 'In Hot Blood' is the first non fiction account of the famous Nanavati murder case that was to signal the end of the jury system in India,Alexander Mc Call Smith, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Edinburgh, whosepopular 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' novels follow a female detective in Botswana.
Yet other authors include Bruce Wannell who is a scholar, linguist and travel writer; his works include 'Sufism: Mystical Writings of Islam' (2007) and books on Iran and Ancient Persia. Guyanese – bornbroadcaster, novelist, poet and academic David Dabydeen is prolific writer whose first collection of poems 'Slave Song' (1984) won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.
HilaliNoordeen is the only living former Sri Lankan President of the Oxford Union (1983) (the other two former Presidents Lalith Athulathmudali and LakshmanKadirgamar were assassinated). Pakistani journalist and media professional Laaleen Sukera's latest project 'Austenistan', is a Jane Austen inspired anthology set in Pakistani society and will be published by Bloomsbury.
Sri Lankan authors will include Nayomi Munaweera whose book 'What Lies Between Us' won the Best English Novel at the State Literary Awards 2017, Ashok Ferrey, Channa Daswatte, Vivimarie Vander Poorten and Charulatha Abeysekara among others.
Over the years, the Fairway Galle Literary Festival has created a special identity for itself based on content,diversity, organisation and its unique location. The Festival is set in and around the Dutch Galle Fort,originally a 16th century Portuguese Fort but captured by the Dutch in the 17th century.
Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, this UNESCO heritage site comprises cobblestone passageways,ramparts in old grey stone, 14 bastions, a mesmerising view of the Indian Ocean and the Galle Harbour, a Peace Pagoda across the bay, a lighthouse, many churches, beautiful colonial architecture, cafes, hotels and open courtyards. This blend of European and Asian cultures creates the ideal setting for the horde of vivacious participants and attendees who will intermingle with one another and generate an atmosphere that is special and unique.
The Festival aims to engage people in intellectual discussion, animated debates and intimate conversations,while searching to express and learn something new. It hopes to inspire and motivate those who participate through interaction between artistes and audiences.
Today, the Festival has become something much more than just than a literary soiree. It also features
film appreciation, poetry at teatime, gourmet dinners, schools events, a children's programme, a Sinhala Day, a Galle Art Trail, classical music concerts, jazz events, cabaret and historic city walks.
Two literary prizes, namely the Fairway National Literary Awards and the Edward Lear Prize for Poetry areawarded at the festival.
The Mini Children's Outreach Festival will bring together children from Galle, Kurunegala and Jaffna to a programme held in at the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum, which in turn pays tribute to one of SriLanka's foremost authors - Martin Wickramasinghe.
The Teacher Training Outreach Programme, will be held at the Amarasuriya Teacher Training College in Unawatuna for trainee teachers and teachers from schools in Galle. This Programme will host Festivalauthors who will be conducting special workshops for the attendees.
The U.S Embassy, Amangalla, The Fort Printers, Anim8 and the Owl and the Pussycat support the Festivalas Silver Partners.
The National Lotteries Board, Galle Fort Hotel, Fortaleza, Galle Henna Beach, Watermart, Jetwing Travelsand MCN are Bronze Partners.
The Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Switzerland, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the High Commission of Bangladesh, Global Affairs Canada, the British Council and the Alliance Française Sri Lanka support the Festival as Cultural Partners.
The Festival recognises the critical role that its partners play in its continuance. Its overall success is owingto their distinctive and diverse contributions, which must be noted with great appreciation.
Fairway Holdings is now in its third year as the Title Sponsor.Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is the Official Destination PartnerJetwing Hotels is the Official Hospitality PartnerMBC/MTV Networks Pvt. Ltd. is the Official Broadcasting PartnerSri Lanka Telecom PLC is the Official Telecommunication PartnerUnilever Foods and Amari Galle are Gold Partners.
Fort Bazaar Hotel and Spa, Tamarind Hill and The Bartizan are Accommodation Partners.
Friends of the Festival comprise Barefoot, Perera Hussein Publishing House, Thomas Gall School, LeenaHirdaramani and Room to Read.
Mydeal.lk is returning as Ticketing Partner for 2018 while The Foto Cube is the Photography Partner for2018.
As always, the partners and friends of the Festival, especially the title sponsor Fairway Holdings continue toensure that this exciting annual event has committed support and is maintained as an event at the forefront ofthe year's cultural offerings.
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