A literary gathering at the Mount Lavinia Hotel in Colombo on Saturday, July 9, will be a rare treat for visitors to Sri Lanka looking to add something different to their itineraries.
The main event will be live readings by four well-known British authors of widely differing genres: Louis de Bernières (pictured), war and romance; Peter Grimsdale, suspense and thrillers; Stephanie Calman, life; and Rohan Candappa’s tongue-in-cheek exposé of what it means to be British.
Four master-classes will include a question-and-answer session, when de Bernières’ discusses his international best-seller ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.
Grimsdale will hold forth on how to maintain suspense when writing a thriller, Candappa brings his talents to bear on ‘how to write funny’, while Calman speaks on how to discover your writing ‘voice’.
Meanwhile, a session on Sri Lankan writing with Lal Medawattegedara, Shehan Kurunatilaka, and Ashok Ferrey explores with Candappa the different perspectives of writing inside and outside the country.
Sunday promises special day of activities with children’s author and illustrator Nicholas Allan, who will be running three enjoyable and fun workshops for children of all ages.
These workshops are designed to motivate and encourage young and older children to colourfully illustrate unusual templates and to create their own picture story books.
To start the morning there will be a special screening of the British film ‘Paddington’, based on the well-loved books written by Michael Bond, which follows the adventure of a young bear ‘from darkest Peru’ who travels to London in search of a home.