The winners of the Fairway National Literary Awards 2016 were announced at a gala ceremony on the evening of 13 January. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the cream of Sri Lanka’s academics and creative writers, publishers and literary enthusiasts graced the glittering award ceremony, which took place at the Fairway Pavilion during the Fairway Galle Literary Festival. Fairway Holdings is the title sponsor of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival and the organiser of the Fairway National Literary Awards. The linking of local creative writing to a vibrant international literary festival offers winners the added benefit of exposure to international critics and readers.