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Tag Archives: Galle Literary Festival

Middle-distant memory

of queuing outside the toilets with Roger McGough, talking about why we hate rap.

Tragedy defined

A beautiful girl eats chips with her mouth open. ‘The average age of everybody…’ she begins.

To the BBC stringer who took my picture without asking (and then demurred over sending me a copy)

Well, I guess we’re even now, huh?

Beer, Roving, and getting to write your own headlines

Letter from the Galle Literary Festival 2011. – For theartsdesk

“What’s so wrong with having a sense of humour?”

ASH Smyth meets his poetic heroin(e) and suffers a Dictaphone malfunction   When you step outside, perhaps you’ll see an envoy from the Nobel Literature Committee; though it’s unlikely. This was my attempt at ‘finishing’ Wendy Cope’s contribution to the GLF’s Opening Lines Project. I figured it did the job, a fragment of Cope-style (Copious?) [...]

The Canterbury Tale-teller

Interview (and beers) with Rana Dasgupta, enfant génial of Indian letters.

Chicken dancing, naughty Tamil literature, and Rana Dasgupta goes Solo (outdoors)

Galle Literary Festival diary – part 3.

(Beer and) Roving on the literary circuit

Despatches from the Galle Literary Festival (SL Sunday Times).

Geoff Dyer, Michael Frayn, and other people who were or were not there

GLF diaries – part the second.

In which the author expresses his love for Wendy Cope

Diary from the Galle Literary Festival (preamble).