The Commonwealth Foundation has announced the regional winners for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Representing Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, Caribbean, and the Pacific regions, these writers will now compete to become the overall winner, to be announced at Hay Festival UK on 31 May.The… Read More »Island of a Thousand Mirrors wins Commonwealth Regional Book Award for Asia!
Among the heart wrenching tales of war torn Sri Lanka, heroic memoirs of migration into foreign lands and recollections of a distant colonial past, emerges a new genre of Sri Lankan writing; the now, the present, the residue of what generations have left behind. This includes depictions of the modern… Read More »The Lament of the Dhobi Woman by Karen Roberts reviewed by Chalani Ranwala
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. – D. H. Lawrence Sex. You think about it, dream about it, watch it, do it, wish you were doing it, wish you weren’t, but you’d rather… Read More »Call for Submissions: Anthology of South Asian Erotica (Tranquebar Press, India)
Sam Perera, along with Ameena Hussein (see interview here) began the Perera Hussein Publishing House, a niche publisher based in Sri Lanka known to publish some of the most compelling contemporary writing in English. http://vimeo.com/25502917 Sam, who thinks of all things, he is a farmer at the beginning of the… Read More »Sam Perera interviewed by Sanjana Hattotuwa
By Indu Bandara Author of “Flower Boy”, “July” and now “The Lament of the Dhobi Woman”, Karen Roberts gives us insight into her third book, as well as the stories that she feels must be told, especially about Sri Lankan society and its inner workings. A participant at the 2011… Read More »Inspired by Society and Culture, and Sri Lanka Itself – an interview with Karen Roberts
Life Is My Mentor By Indu Bandara 2010-11-03 The author of “Theravada Man”, “Monsoon and Potholes”, and “Sinhala Only”, Manuka Wijesinghe talks about her work and what inspires her, as well as what she feels might be lacking in the Sri Lankan creative scene. Also a participant at the Galle… Read More »Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and the Discipline to Say What Needs to Be Said
Why has it been difficult to write of this novel, In the same boat, slight in frame and simple and direct in approach? While I finished the novel in one go, whenever I sat down to write about it, it proved a difficult task. Of course from the beginning I knew… Read More »In the Same Boat by Channa Wickremesekera