Nayomi Munaweera: ‘I couldn’t have written those hard scenes if I’d had a natural child in my life’
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Nayomi Munaweera: ‘I couldn’t have written those hard scenes if I’d had a natural child in my life’

Though she had been to many book clubs since the publication of her novel What Lies Between Us, Nayomi Munaweera found her heart sinking when faced with the newest group. Sitting around in a circle, waiting to discuss her novel were nearly 50 women, all mothers with children who attended the local elementary school. She … Continue reading

Shyam Selvadurai, Jean Arasanayagam, Nayomi Munaweera: Writing the 1983 riots
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Shyam Selvadurai, Jean Arasanayagam, Nayomi Munaweera: Writing the 1983 riots

The ethnic riots of 1983 were not the first in Sri Lanka. Nor were they the last. But Black July was indisputably a seismic event in this country’s history. Its echoes are everywhere, but some of my most meaningful encounters with it have been through the island’s literature. From the warmth and innocence of Funny … Continue reading

Shehan Karunatilaka: What to expect from Shehan ‘Chinaman’ Karunatilaka’s new novel (hint: think ghosts)
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Shehan Karunatilaka: What to expect from Shehan ‘Chinaman’ Karunatilaka’s new novel (hint: think ghosts)

The sastra karaya could see a ghost standing behind Shehan Karunatilaka’s shoulder. He said the spirit was a woman, someone Karunatilaka had known and who was now his guardian. Now, in his airy living room in Colombo, Karunatilaka admits he didn’t sense anything himself, and that he was a little bit disappointed with the experience. … Continue reading

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