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The Gratiaen Prize 2011 - Shortlisted Authors


Charulatha Abeysekara Thewarathanthri

Autumn Leaves (Unpublished Novel)

Charulatha was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya, obtained a degree in Civil Engineering from University of Moratuwa, and taught Physics and Mathematics to nine generations of London A/L students, first year at British School in Colombo and the rest at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia. Teaching gave her the time and peace of mind needed to engage constructively in her favourite hobby – writing. Both her parents being authors, she was introduced early to creative writing. She has been writing poetry since childhood, but Autumn Leaves is her first novel. She is a mother of four, and is now a happy home-maker.

Lucky de Chickera

Sarasu…amidst slums of terror (Published Novel)

Lucky is currently doing all the things he enjoys doing; writing, reading, travelling, gardening, enhancing his collection of coins, stamps, and picture postcards, and watching cricket, rugby, and soccer. A Tigress of Kilinochchi and Poseidon's Wrath were his first two novels. Retired, after 43 years in corporate managerial positions, ending as MD/CEO of Lanka Walltile PLC. Lucky is wedded to Bernadette, and has three sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter. Royal College, Colombo, was his Alma Mater where he completed his studies, appointed Head Prefect, and awarded the prestigious Dornhorst Memorial Award for outstanding merit.

Madhubhashini Disanayaka-Ratnayake

There's Something I Have to Tell You (Unpublished Novel)

Madhubhashini Disanayaka-Ratnayake currently works as the Head of the English Language Teaching Unit at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from New York University which she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship. She was awarded the State Literary Award for the Best Collection of Short Stories in English in 1991 and has previously been shortlisted twice for the Gratiaen Award. She currently edits the 100 Word creative writing page which she started in 1997 in The Sunday Times newspaper. She is a violinist and a sitarist who has left both instruments aside since marrying a musician.

Mariam Riza

Cry For Me A Little: Stories Of The Souls (Published short stories)

Mariam Riza is an internal auditor by profession. She enjoys writing fiction for a purpose, and strongly believes that even if one person is inspired or educated by her work, her efforts are justified. Her work has previously appeared in First Flight, a British Council publication in 2007, Channels annual publications and the WriteClique website. Mariam was awarded a prize for her short story in the Channels Publication Vol. 17 in 2011. During her childhood, she also won several awards from the British Council and other establishment, like the “Let the Words Flow” competition in 2006. She is also a member of the English Writers’ Cooperative in Sri Lanka and is currently reading for her Masters in Business Psychology.

Malinda Seneviratne

Some Texts are Made of Leaves (Unpublished poetry)

Malinda Seneviratne is a journalist who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Nation. His formal training, however, was in sociology, having completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, and all coursework for a PhD from Cornell University, before deciding he had had enough of school. His poetry was twice shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize (“Threads” in 2007 and “The Underside of Silence” in 2008). His first collection of poetry, Epistles: 1984-1996 was published in 1999. He has translated into English Simon Navagaththegama’s Sansaraaranyaye Dadayakkaraya and Martin Wickramasinghe’s Upan Da Sita (both to be published shortly), as well as several Sinhala short stories.

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