Stars aligned for Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka, a highlight of SE Asia’s cultural firmament


The Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka is one of the most anticipated literary events in south east Asia for both authors and literary enthusiasts around the world.

Celebrated every year in and around the historic Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of the island, it takes place this year from January 4–28.

Visitors enjoy the works of Sri Lankan and international authors, take part in literary discussions and enjoy socialising and intellectual stimulation in a beautiful and unique setting. Among the authors featured on day two will be:

Pankaj Mishra: Welcome To The Age Of Anger

Location: Hall de Galle, Galle Fort


The brilliant intellectual, writer and essayist Pankaj Mishra will walk us through the argument of his groundbreaking 2017 publication Age of Anger: A History of the Present.

In a powerful polemic, Mishra argues that the Enlightenment ideals of rational self-interest and humanism are no longer sufficient to explain the world in which we live.

Instead, we must look to the wisdom of a number of post-Enlightenment thinkers in an effort to understand that although times may have changed, human nature has not.

Katharine Norbury: The Story Of The Fish Ladder

Location: Southlands College, Galle Fort


In this solo presentation, Katharine Norbury, widely acclaimed as one of the rising stars of British fiction, shares the compelling story of the way she came to write The Fish Ladder, a work that has been variously described as memoir, travelogue and nature writing.

Amit Chaudhuri sees The Fish Ladder as exemplary of the way “we use narrative to understand our place in the world”; Katharine’s detailed and hauntingly beautiful description of her journey upstream following a river from the sea to its source is also an account of her own search for identity.

Ultimately the work unfolds in a manner evocative of the observation of Britain’s former poet laureate, Andrew Motion, that nature may unfold for us how “the principles of earth. . . . may find a common purpose with the heart”.

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