Sunday, September 12, 2010

The 2011 Galle Literary Festival

It is already 5 years since the Galle Literary Festival began and continues every year to enchant book lovers and those who value the magical beauty and power of words.

This year however and for the first time, a festival curator has been appointed. Shyam Selvadurai, author of Funny Boy, Cinnamon Gardens and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea has been working on the festival programme since April 2010. As the curator, he has made some notable changes to the usual programme schedule we have seen in the past years. Selavduarai plans to introduce late night revues and readings as well as free lunch time concerts picnics which will include ( only to name a few), presentation and performances on Kandyan dancing and even wine tasting sessions with Jancis Robinson, England’s leading authority on wine!

The festival curator plans to allocate time to discuss under the guidance and expertise of Ranjini Obeyesekere , the issues and the importance of translation in a post war era of a tri-lingual country.

Full report here Sunday Leader

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