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2011 HAI Goonetileke Prize


Ariyawansa Ranaweera - Chairperson

Ariyawansa Ranaweera is a retired senior public servant, who was a writer even while in service. After retirement he has taken to writing as a full-time occupation and his major areas of interest are poetry, drama and translations. He has 14 poetry collections to his credit, seven drama translations (including Greek drama), four works of prose translations and five poetry translations. Some of his poems have been translated to English and Spanish. He has won many awards for his contribution to literature, including 13 State Literary Awards both for his original work and translations. He is also a freelance writer who contributes articles to national newspapers on literary and social issues.

Sandagomi Coperahewa

Dr Sandagomi Coperahewa is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Sinhala and Sociolinguistics and also Director of the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies (CCIS) at the University of Colombo. He graduated from the University of Colombo with a BA First Class Honours degree in Sinhala and obtained his MA in Language Studies from Lancaster University. He received his MPhil in Sinhala from the University of Peradeniya and completed his PhD in South Asian Studies at the Faculty of Asian and Middle-Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge. He has authored five books and several scholarly articles related to Sinhala language and language policy planning in Sri Lanka. His most recent publications include The Language Planning Situation in Sri Lanka (2009) and Sinhala Usage of the Twentieth Century: A Sociolinguistic Study (Sinhala, 2010). His research areas are modern Sinhala, sociology of Sinhala language, and language policy planning.

Shravika Damunupola Amarasekera

Dr.Shravika Damunupola Amarasekara is a Lecturer in English at the Department of English, University of Colombo.She is also the Director of the International Unit of the University of Colombo.She graduated from the University of Peradeniya with English Honours and was a recipient of a University of Peradeniya Scholarship. Shravika completed both her Masters Degree in English and America Studies and her PhD in English Literature at the University of Manchester, where she was awarded the University of Manchester Overseas Studentship for postgraduate studies. Shravika’s primary research interests are in childhood studies, postcolonial literatures and culture studies, and Sri Lankan writing in English. She has presented and published work on childhood, ethnicity, and Sri Lankan fiction in English, and takes a keen interest in Sinhala literature and translation.

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