By Raisa Wickrematunge
Come Thursday, January 20, famous British writer Louis de Bernieres will kick start the Galle Literary Festival 2011 with a ‘Lit Talk’ at the Park Street Mews, Colombo 2.
The evening’s programme will consist of the ‘Lit Talk’ at the Warehouse at 6.30 pm followed by a three course dinner at the Restaurant.
Both events are priced individually, with the Talk at Rs 1000 per entrance ticket and the Dinner at Rs. 3500 per person respectively.
Tickets could be purchased online or at Barefoot and Park Street Mews. Travel with Louis de Bernieres through the extraordinary breadth of his novels, from the trials of an Italian officer posted to a Greek island during the Second World War to the 1970’s London and wartime Yugoslavia, to life in an English village, to the First World War and the trenches of Gallipoli.
Born in London in 1954, de Bernieres who lives in Norfolk published his first novel The War Of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts in 1990 and was selected by Granta Magazine as one of the 20 best young British novelists in 1993. The novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (later made into a film which starred Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz) won him the Commonwealth Writer’s prize for the best novel in 1994. His sixth novel Birds Without Wings came out in 2004. A Partisan’s Daughter published in 2008 was shortlisted for the Costa Novel award that same year. His latest book Notwithstanding: English Village Stories was published in Autumn 2009.
Writing is not his only skill — Bernieres plays the flute, mandolin, clarinet and guitar. “As a writer, de Bernieres is truly international in his scope, inhabiting one country after another with convincing detail and authority,” reports The Guardian.
An event certainly not to be missed for all literature lovers.