Galle Literally Festival – 2016
Posted on January 5, 2016 at 4:35 am
The Galle Literary Festival is an international literary festival held annually in Galle, Sri Lanka. In recent years the profile of the festival has increased substantially, with attendances by many internationally acclaimed and well-known writers.
4.00 – 5.00pm MINOLI SALGADO and NAYOMI MUNAWEERA on Writing Sri Lanka from the Diaspora Duet Maritime Museum Sri Lanka has a rich tradition of writing from the diaspora in English. These two talented and award winning writers explore how their work is influenced by their in betweeness. Salgado’s ‘A Little Dust in the Eyes’ moves from the bustle of an English seaside resort to the unreal calm of a coastal community in southern Sri Lanka as Savi and Renu, two cousins separated by civil war, are reunited just weeks before the tsunami strikes. In Munaweera’s ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’, Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara’s and her siblings’ lives are shaped by, among other things, the differences between Tamil and Sinhalese people. When the peace of their lives is shattered by the tragedies of war, Yasodhara’s family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara’s life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl’s. Moderated by Gehan Gunatileke.