Minoli Salgado: Returning again and again to a familiar landscape
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Minoli Salgado: Returning again and again to a familiar landscape

Though she was born in Kuala Lampur, and has since lived in England, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, Minoli Salgado will tell you her earliest memories are of her grandparent’s home in Sri Lanka. Revealingly, this is a country she feels compelled to return to again and again in her writing. A poet and the author … Continue reading

Sebastian Faulks: “the effects of the past are felt in every beat of your heart, today.”
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Sebastian Faulks: “the effects of the past are felt in every beat of your heart, today.”

British novelist Sebastian Faulks is the latest member of the Fairways Galle Literary Festival team. His job description, as he puts it is to act as “a sort of go-between” for authors being invited to the festival and the organizers themselves. Formerly the first literary editor of The Independent and now the author of over … Continue reading

Naresh Fernandes: Writing to the Beat of Bombay
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Naresh Fernandes: Writing to the Beat of Bombay

Naresh Fernandes arrives for his session at Cinnamon Colomboscope covered in sweat. It’s a hot day but Fernandes has been on a brisk walk around Slave Island. He is fascinated with the parallels he sees between this city and his own – the frenetic development, the deepening class divide,and the contradictions inherent in democracies that … Continue reading

Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing
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Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing

Simon Singh is immediately recognisable in a crowd — his dramatic haircut riffs on a Mohawk and his oval, gold-rimmed glasses glint in the light. One of Britain’s leading science communicators, Singh left Cambridge with a PhD in particle physics and followed that with a stint at CERN. He then joined the BBC as a … Continue reading

Sarah Waters: ‘What if the lovers were female?’
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Sarah Waters: ‘What if the lovers were female?’

How do you find lesbians in 19th-century London? For her first book Tipping the Velvet, three-time Man Booker Prize nominee Sarah Waters went looking for women cross-dressers in police and prison records. There was other evidence too: medical histories, love letters, records of women living together as long-term companions, all of which provided rich fodder. … Continue reading