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Block your calendars! Your favourite Literary Festival is back!

Colm Toibin – author of Brooklyn, adapted onto the big screen and in turn nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture

Dame Margaret Drabble – author of The Pure Gold Baby and 17 other novels. Holder of the distinguished Golden PEN Award

Lesley Hazleton - author of The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammed, New York Times Editors Choice and an avid TedTalk speaker.

Amish Tripati - author of the fastest selling book trilogy in Indian history - The Shiva Trilogy

The Festival looks to showcase participants who inspire, and are inspired! 10 years on since its initial start date, the Festival has grown organically in size, content and feeling. Festival organisers are looking to ride on the success of the 2016 Festival, by delivering an even more exceptional 2017. The Festival dates for 2017 are from January 11 to 15.

New additions for 2017 will be the introduction of one day of Sinhala programming on January 14, 2017.

This innovative programme will be free and will highlight the diversity of the Sinhala Literary Arts through discussions, poetry readings, short films and writings in translations amongst others.

Another addition to 2017 is the Outreach Children’s Programme held in Jaffna on January 17 and 18. The programme’s aim is to develop the literary arts in English in the North and bring the world to the children of Jaffna, through some wonderful international children’s authors.

Geoffrey Dobbs, Festival Founder said, “I’m happy to have my 2016 team back on board with Shyam Selvadurai curating the Festival for the 4th year and Amrita Pieris as Festival Director for the third year supported by Natasha Thompson the Festival Manager. They are working to put together a great line up of writers and are eager to produce the best Festival yet.”

The Fairway Galle Literary Festival is substantially supported by Fairway Holdings, in its second year as title sponsor. Hemaka de Alwis, Chairman, Fairway Holdings, stated “The Fairway Galle Literary Festival has become one of the principal cultural events in the world, bringing together people of many nationalities who love literature and affording them the opportunity of friendly interaction with world renowned authors. The blending in of architectural, musical and culinary events and the charming, old world atmosphere of Galle Fort contribute to the continuing success of the Festival. The festival organisers believe that excellence in creative writing is an essential hallmark of modern cultural life in a nation. Accordingly, the annual Fairway National Literary Awards for the best novels in English, Sinhala and Tamil will be awarded during the Festival. The continued zest to take forward the yearly Fairway Galle Literary Festival stems from the encouragement they receive from various audiences. The Fairway Galle Literary Festival acts as a catalyst to make national literary aspirations blossom forth.” The Festival is glad to welcome back both Jetwing Hotels and Sri Lankan Airlines, as Official Hospitality Partner and Official Travel Partner, respectively. Returning Silver partners are: Amangalla, The British Council, Galle Face Hotel, The Fort Printers Anim8 and the Owl and the Pussycat. Check out the Festival’s revamped website,, where festivalgoers will find an informed, consistent and active source for all vital information regarding the Festival. Follow the website and sign up for email updates on the festival programme highlights as they are announced. This is the first taste of what is to come in 2017. The full participant release will be in October 2016. 

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