The FGLF 2019 Begins!

Jan 17 2019. views 277


The much-awaited Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) 2019 kicked off its 4-day Festival on the 16th of January 2019 at the Fairway Pavilion among authors, sponsors and Festival friends.  This year’s Festival marks a significant milestone as the Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.  This year’s lineup boasts an eclectic assortment of genres with a diverse range of participants such as Anthony Horowitz, Kamila Shamsie, Madeline Thien, Romesh Gunasekera, Sir David Hare, Sir Don McCullum and many more!
“This is a Literary Festival like no other in a land like no other”
stated Festival Director, Sunela Samaranayake at the opening ceremony.
Tonight, and the next few days to follow are for making memories, so I hope you enjoy the Festival.” 
We also caught up with a few authors and attendees at the event to ask a little about their expectations for this Festival;
“I’m expecting a really good engagement with the group of writers. We have a fantastic group of writers who are here with different talents and abilities but things that merge together.” -  Jill McDonald (Festival Curator)
“Hoping for a Festival to top last year! With the line up the Festival has, it looks like its going to be a good one!”  - Hemaka De Alwis, Fairway Holdings
Well the Festival is bigger and better this year! That’s simply all I can say. I’m looking forward to moderating my session with Sir David Hare. I’m also looking forward to Rachel Johnson’s session on the Anglo – German relations in the 1930’s. It’s really exciting!” – Ashok Ferry.
“I’m looking forward to the opening event tomorrow morning. It’s an amazing space and I’m excited. The workshops that I’m doing are something to look forward to. Mayhem Past Midnight is also going to be a crazy gig! The whole thing is going to be fantastic” – Justin Whyte
“This year’s festival is so diverse. It’s got so many different forms of art, poetry and theatre and I do a little bit of theatre myself so I’m looking forward to this rich melting pot of artists” – Chrissy De Silva 
“I’m looking forward to tea and poetry with Tishani because she’s such a renowned poet and then its also such an intimate gathering. It’s my first time reading my work at the Literary Festival so I’m really looking forward to that one. Mayhem past midnight is going to be so much fun! I’m going to be on the spot reciting poems before the fabulous band, Soul, comes on!” – Meghan Dhakshini
“I’m really excited. This is my first time in Sri Lank and it looks like its going to be great! My session is full of surprises. I wrote about the history of Kathmandu, just about how people make the place and how the place makes the people. My new book is on the Himalayas and how people made the Himalayas.  I’m talking about the people and the environment basically! So, it’s going to be exciting I think” – Tom Bell
Pictures by Manoj Ratnayake



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