Monday, August 17, 2009

The Galle Literary Festival - 2010

Time to start looking forward to the next Galle Literary Festival!

The Festival will take place 27-31 January 2010, once again in the historic city of Galle, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. We are drawing together an exciting line-up of literary guests and new events – to be revealed on this site from September.

Michael Morpurgo called Galle Literary Festival 2009 ‘the most companionable of all festivals’ and Pico Iyer went into detail: ‘Lush tropical gardens, a mysterious walled city unique in Asia, long lunches with literary superstars and huge crowds of readers from across the globe: is it any wonder that every writer longs for an invitation to the Galle Festival, already one of the literary jewels in Asia's crown?'

At the start of 2009, writers from around the world came together with their Sri Lankan counterparts for five days of conversation and literary sparring in Galle. Festival goers sat with them at intimate lunches and dinners in splendid locations, to take the conversation further. At an evening of Dead Men’s Tales writers spoke about their own literary heroes and over a long breakfast our festival poets played out a conversation in new poetry. Meanwhile the Festival’s children practised their own storytelling, rooted around the history and backstreets of the Fort and set off on pirate adventures.
Visit the Festival Features page of this site for a closer look at what you missed. And rush to tell us what you’d like to see next, at, before the Galle Literary Festival 2010 is here.

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