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Galle Literary Festival 23-28 January 2024

The Galle Literary Festival 2024, Sri Lanka.

The Galle Literary Festival 2024, Sri Lanka.

After a five year hiatus the Galle Literary Festival too place in January 2024.

In attendance were authors including Booker Prize-winning authors, Shehan Karunatilake and DBC Pierre.

Decorated war correspondent, Christina Lamb, together with Nujeen Mustafa, co-author and subject of her award-winning book, The Girl from Aleppo.

Novelist and screenwriter, Anthony Horowitz.
Ukranian writer and intellectual, Andrey Kurkov.

Alexander McCall Smith, acclaimed author of more than 119 books

The Galle Literary Festival

A successful event

The Sri Lankan Sunday Times said that there were more than 5000 visitors at the Galle Literary Festival in January 2024.

The star-studded speaker list featured 25 local and 27 international authors.

Historian Peter Frankopan, called the Festival a “joy from start to finish.”

Book awards -who wins?

What is it and where is it?

Galle Literary Festival comprises of a schedule of more than 180 events included talks and panel discussion.

The Festival also had interactive workshops, film screenings, an immersive Art Trail and a Children’s Programme.

The festival takes place in Galle Fort which is on the southern coast of Sri Lanka

A literary Festival, Gourmet Galle, an Art Trail and a children's festival

Galle Literary Festival is not just a book festival.

Time to read a book

Coinciding with the literary festival was Gourmet Galle. Each weekend between January and March, Gourmet Galle hosted an internationally renowned chef in different boutique venues across the South Coast. Find out more by clicking on the link below.

An Art Trail also took place which consisted of programme of curated art exhibitions, artists’ tours and open houses 

Great companions - coffee and a book

The children’s festival was a calendar of creative workshops and storytelling sessions.

The junior programme was designed to inspire the next generation of avid readers and aspiring writers.

The joy of reading
A group reading a book

What about the Galle Literary Festival in 2025?

Please keep an eye on the Galle Literary Festival website for details of speakers, tickets and the events programme.

Next years event takes place on the 6th – 9th February 2025 in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Stay at GlenMyu Estate before making your way to Galle

We have had several guests that have stayed at GlenMyu Estate prior to heading to the south coast for the festival.

Some authors have stayed with us whilst they were editing their books. One of those authors took part in Galle Literary Festival 2024.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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