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Pack your trunk & meet Donald

Pack your trunk & meet Donald

By Juliet Coombe

At Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle on January 24th 2017 @3.30pm.

In 2017, Sri Lanka’s swimming elephants hit international headlines when not one, but two elephants were brought back by the Sri Lankan Navy from about 10 to 15 kilometres out to sea. Inspired by this phenomenon, Juliet and Janet decided to write and draw the amazing adventures of Donald Trunk, the Sri Lankan swimming elephant with grandiose dreams of escaping to the Nicobar Islands, the ‘real paradise’, or so he thinks. Born on a cinnamon plantation in Galle, Donald tries to escape across the sea only to also be brought back by the Navy. The story is full of an array of wonderful characters of all shapes and sizes – a butterfly like Jiminy Cricket, a scary matriarch of the elephant herd, an Eden-like sly cobra, a singing mermaid called Donna, the unique Nicobar pigeon, a blue whale, dolphins – all within the context of Sri Lanka with its incredible festivals of colour and beauty, and its sense of community.

The book launch with an exhibition of paintings from the book will be in the Anchor Bar at Jetwing Lighthouse on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Be there for the unveiling of the most incredible creative cake since the discovery of Paddington. Unlike darkest Peru, you can enjoy a theatrical reading about Donald and his adventures in the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka, a splendid tea, many other treats & treasures for children and parents. Afterwards, the opening of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival will be in Court Square, at 6pm.

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If you want to book and buy a ticket for the event and tea is 2,000 rupees per person (plus 2 children per adult go free), email or the Jetwing Lighthouse to make an event booking