Sri Lanka’s Galle Literary Festival opens today

Jan 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Galle Literary Festival will open Wednesday in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Galle for the sixth time and continue till 22 January.

The festival sponsored by HSBC was pre-launched yesterday with the annual Press Conference held at the Barefoot Gallery and Cafe, in Colombo.

Writers from all over the world such as Joanne Trollope, Richard Dawkins, Tom Stoppard, D.B.C Pierre, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, John Boyne, Aminatta Forna, Romesh Gunasekera and Nayantara Sahgal are confirmed to participate in this year’s literary festival.

Galle Literary Festival is intended to serve as a platform for Sri Lankan writers to emerge and get recognized alongside other international writers. The literary forum is aimed to instill confidence and encourage aspiring, young writers to write.

The writers will take part in solo and panel discussions, readings and workshops. The programme also includes concerts, picnics, tours of the Fort and surrounds, cultural activities and late-night revues.

The festival will have a special day of activities for schools and the local community on January 18th.

The 6th festival’s spotlight will be on India and HSBC will be the first headline sponsor of the event. SriLankan Airlines, Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, Magic/One Trust, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and British Council are some of the other sponsors.

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