Welcome to AK Lit Fest

Let the poet sing his verse and the writer mint her thoughts; Let us gather to get a better meaning to life through literature. We have three languages to make our expressions. We have different races to mix. Different faiths to bless us

– Capt. Elmo Jayawardena, Founder AK Lit Fest

We warmly welcome everyone. It’s simply literature, simply local. It’s Annasi and Kadalagotu time again.

2019 Festival

Have you tried the local flavour?

That’s the theme we’re exploring for our fifth consecutive year of the AK Lit Fest.
We have also lined up a string of events that will stretch your mind, including a panel of blind authors, a public discussion on whether literature should be censored, the importance of women bloggers, and an exercise in spontaneous poetry.

Meet the 2019 Speakers

Keith Wijesuriya
Prof.Neluka Silva
Dileepa Abeysekera
Andrew Fidel Fernando
Yasas Ratnayake
Nalaka Gunawardena
Malinda Seneviratne
Sybil Wettasinghe
Keith Wijesuriya
Prof.Neluka Silva
Dileepa Abeysekera
Andrew Fidel Fernando
Yasas Ratnayake
Nalaka Gunawardena
Malinda Seneviratne
Sybil Wettasinghe
Smriti Daniel
Saumya Liyanage
Victor Ivan
Prof.Arjuna Parakrama
Jian Yang
Ayathurai Santhan
Nadishka Aloysius
Tinaz Amit
Udan Fernando
Sandya Salgado
Prashani Rambukwella
Dhananath Feranando
Dr. Bodhini Samaratunga
Shakthika Sathkumara
Asha Ralpanawa
Vetrichelvi (Velu) Chandrakala
Shirani Rajapakse
Hasitha
Shastha Samarasinghe
Chamal Ratnayake
Ranga Jayakodi
Shenu Perera
Chamari Malkanthi
Sudath Liyanage
Kapila Wickremeratne
Tharusha Kumarasinghe
Migara Bamunusinghe
Chathuski Jayasinghe
Ahilinie Nanthakumar
Dr. Sarath Wimalasuriya
Mahinda Namal
Rukshan Perera
Virjani Tennakoon
Gamini Karunarathne
Susila Nandani
Wasantha Pathmini
Upul Senadheerage
Rohan Wijesinha
Ganeesha David
Kingsley Rathnayake
Dr.Harshana Rambukwella
David Scott
Rohan Wijesinghe

Programme

Sun

20
Oct

09.00 – 10.30

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Book Launches

Book launch and discussion with kids affected by war

Nadishka Aloysius

Hall 2 – Horizon Room

‘Craving Creativity’ Workshop for Adults 18+ – Dileepa Abesekara

Hall 3 – Maitland Room

Opinion – Should Literature be censored?

A public opinion debate

Featured by Shakthika Ranathunga

Moderated by Dhananath Feranando

10.35 – 10.45

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Opening Ceremony

10.45 – 12.00

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Tri lingual literature – a path to peace

Hosted by Kingsley Rathnayake, Professor Neluka Silva

Moderated by TBC

10.45 – 12.45

Hall 3 – Maitland Room

‘Blood, sweat and ink’ The mingling of Sports & Literature

Hosted by Andrew Fidel Fernando
Yasas Ratnayake
David Scott
Rohan Wijesinghe
Ganeesha David

Moderated by Rohan Wijesinha

13.00 – 14.00

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Performance by Bambaru

Hall 2 – Horizon Room

‘Anduru Lowakin Eliyata’ Writing with disabilities

Hosted by Upul Senadheerage
Wasantha Pathmini
Susila Nandani
Gamini Karunarathne

Moderated by Virjani Tennakoon

Hall 3 – Maitland Room

Little minds strong values Teaching ethics and values for kids between 8 years to 14 years

Hosted by Rukshan Perera

14.15 – 15.15

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Literature as a tool of ethnic and religious reconciliation

Hosted by Victor Ivan
Rukshan Perera
Mahinda Namal

Moderated by Udan Fernando (TBC)

Hall 2 – Horizon Room

‘Doing it write the first time’ The Virgin Authors

Hosted by Sandya Salgado
Dr. Sarath Wimalasuriya
Ahilini Nanthakumar
Asha Ralpanawa
Chathuski Jayasinghe

Moderated by Tinaz Amit

Hall 3 – Maitland Room

Learning through literature – Workshop for kids
Hosted by Nadishka Aloysius

15.30 – 16.45

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Award winning authors

Hosted by Saumya Sandaruwan
Virajini Thennakoon
Shirani Rajapakse
S.A Udayan
Prof.Piyasseli Wijemanne

Moderator: Malinda Seneviratne

Hall 2 – Horizon Room

‘A woman’s gaze’

Hosted by Prashani Rambukwella
Vetrichelvi (Velu) Chandrakala
Dr. Bodhini Samaratunga

Moderated by Smrithi Daniel

Hall 3 – Maitland Room

‘Hitiwana Kavi’ Poetry Corner

Hosted by Migara Bamunusinghe
Kapila Wickremeratne
Sudath Liyanage
Chamari Malkanthi

Moderated by Shenali Perera

17.00 – 17.30

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Performance by Bambaru

Hall 3 – Maitland Room

The Story behind the Story

Hosted by Jian Yang

Moderated by Keith Wijesuriya

18.40 – 19.00

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Performance by Bambaru

18.40 – 19.00

Hall 1 – Empire Room

Prize giving featuring the “Love letter competition”

Download Festival Programme

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About Annasi and Kadalagotu Literary Festival

Since launching in 2015, Annasi & Kadalagotu has been an authentically Sri Lankan literary festival that is highly anticipated by literary enthusiasts all over the country. It offers a collaborative platform for those who are passionate about literature to explore writing, reading, and the diverse expressions, cultures, and perspectives of the Sri Lankan people.

The festival hopes to spark interest in the contemporary local literature of well known and lesser known writers, as well as encourage the work of budding writers all over Sri Lanka.

This festival is the brainchild of Captain Elmo Jayawardena, and was initiated with the help of a small group of like minded individuals with one goal: to pay tribute to those local authors and publishers whose work sustains Sri Lanka’s literary identity.

Trilingual policy

Staying true to our Lankan heritage by showcasing and discussing literary works in English, Sinhalese, and Tamil.

Affordable and accessible to all

Making sure that attending the festival is an exciting and affordable prospect for all.

Bringing people together

Welcoming people of varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds to appreciate, contribute, and discuss their literary works and insights.

From the perspective of the common man

Serving as a platform to advance the voice of the common man through all forms of literary expression.

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