Galle Fort Literary Festival

Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019

When was the Galle Literary Festival Founded?

The Galle Literary Festival was founded by Geoffrey Dobbs in 2005, first launching in 2007. The festival has become one of the most anticipated literary events in South East Asia, for both authors and literary enthusiasts around the world. The festival is celebrated annually, in the area of the historic Dutch Galle Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the southern shores of Sri Lanka. Due to the growing popularity of the event the 2018 Festival expanded its remit to include art trails, cookery, cabaret, and music.

Which writers attend?

Many famous writers from across the globe have attended the festival over the years, such as Richards Dawkins, Jon Snow, Michael Morpurgo and D.J. Taylor. The program for this year has officially been published on the festival’s website, with some very exciting names on the line up. To name a few, 2019 will welcome Justine Picardie, William Dalrymple and Sir David Hare to the fort between the 16th and 20thJanuary 2019.

Where can you find the Galle Literary Festival program?

The final program is available to download at,with a full list of all the events that will be happening over the 5 day period. Talks start from 9:00am and run throughout the day. There are exhibitions, workshops, dinners, films and much more going on throughout the festival aside from the talks, so make sure that you don’t miss out.

Festival tickets and passes are available to buy from 28th December 2018. Check the program to see which events are included in the tickets. Some events are free, and some require extra passes, so make sure that you know which events you want to attend and whether they’re covered by your pass or not.

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