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Come play with words – At Jetwing Lighthouse on the 28th January 2018

Come play with words – At Jetwing Lighthouse on the 28th January 2018

By Juliet Coombe

As the excitement builds for the 9th year of the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival from the opening on Wednesday 24th January in Galle Fort, to the incredible line up of speakers, and literary lunch at the Jetwing Lighthouse on Sunday 28th, Juliet Coombe learns in the second announcement of authors just how rich and exciting this years event is going to be.

There is already a fantastic buzz in the air from the incredible line up of great writers and personalities coming to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, including adventurous writers like Louis De Berniers and world famous actresses Dame Maggie Smith who will be talking about comedy, Sri Lankan fiction writer Ashok Ferry with ‘The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons’ and wonderful memoirs to listen to and talk about. At this years festival you will be entertained by eminent lawyers like Lord De Silva, journalists on a mission, exceptional editors, performance poets, curators, architects, historians and economists.

Be challenged to ‘man up’ by Carlos Andrés Gomés, or even gaze out across the ocean thinking to yourself, ‘water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,’ then go and see Malcolm Guite; learn about Coco Chanel from Justine Picardie; be horrified about the terrible legacy after the partitioning of India, written about by Nisid Hajari; learn from former Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Nirupama Menon Rao, about the relationship between the two most populous countries on earth; test your hearing skills on three murder trials with Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane; explore the redemptive possibilities of previously oppressive spaces with Calvyn Gilfellan; find out what Kafkaesque really means with Michael Kumpfmüller and his paradoxical sounding new book about Kafka’s final year, the Glory of Life and the ordinariness of true beauty; ponder about the seemingly impossible ‘literature without words’ with Udeni Samarasekara; draw the line of Lanka with Sunela Jayewardene; or speak a few words with Laurence Boissier. So go on book a ticket for the amazing  Fairway Galle Literary Festival  www.galleliteraryfestival.com. Box office opens January 3rd 2018.

The richness of this festival is summed up by DBC Pierre: “Watching the Indian Ocean from Galle, it’s easy to feel a 2,000 year-old silk route tying East to West underfoot. Now the Fairway Galle Literary Festival ties them again – and its silk is rich ideas.” 

Jetwing Hotels is the Official Hospitality Partner to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival