Closenberg Hotel, Galle
To I think uniform ‘huh?’ within Sri Lanka, RSF and Arundhati Roy have called for a boycott of the Galle Literary Festival. Apparently they want to express solidarity with writers by… preventing writers from speaking. This is honestly an ignorant joke. I have appeared at the GLF and criticized the government, the government media guy has come and gotten liberally yelled at, it’s generally a free space. Whatever these people are doing has to do with their own agendas, nothing to do with free speech or writing in Sri Lanka.
Basically, if Groundviews is condemning your boycott, you are pretty fucking silly. The GLF can be criticized for being too liberal and disconnected from Sri Lanka politics (which an international festival should be), but to be attacked as part of the problem in Sri Lanka means that these people have no interest in being part of the solution.