The word exclusive could mean select, even restricted. But to describe the ongoing Galle Literary Festival (GLF) in Galle as exclusive would also mean it is intimate.
The comparison is inevitable: if the increasingly big Jaipur Literature Festival was open, crowded and mainstream, the one at Galle is, well, exclusive, quieter and alternative; maybe the difference between literature and literary.
"This (the festival) is both exclusive and open. The sessions are interactive and informal and there is more engagement with the audience,’’ graphic novelist from India Sarnath Banerjee said from Galle, about 116 km south of Colombo. On Saturday, he spoke about his work in a session called 'Corridors and Capers'.