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2015 Gratiaen Prize - Shortlisted Authors


Thiagaraja Arasanayagam - Artist, Playwright, Poet and Fiction Writer

White Lanterns – Wesak 2011 - Poetry (Unpublished)

His work is inspired by the political and social upheavals in his country as well as his journeys abroad. Has published plays of which "The Intruder" won the State Literary Award for the best play. His collection of short stories, "The Singing of the Angels" was short listed for the Gratiaen prize in 2010. His first novel "The Lonely Rapture" was published in 2004.He is now working on his second novel to be published in 2017. He teaches English literature to students vying for places at the universities. He belongs to a family of writers of fiction and poetry and artists - painters.

Ashok Ferry

Ceaseless Chatter of Demons - Novel (Unpublished)

Ashok Ferrey is the author of five books, four of them shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize and the fifth for the State Literary Award. He read Pure Mathematics at Oxford University, and was a builder in London before becoming a writer. He is currently a guest lecturer at the Colombo School of Architecture. By day, Ashok is a personal trainer to the rich and infamous of Colombo.

Grace Wickremasinghe - (20 yrs old)

Closure - Poetry & Prose (Unpublished)

Currently a Law Student at the University of London and studying TESL at the University of Kelaniya. Performed at the International Slam Poetry Festival in New Delhi 2016. Author of Perception : a poetry collection (2014). Short listed for the World Poetry Festival - Blackwater Festival for International Poets held in Ireland 2016. Gold medal holder of the open verse writing competition with 97%(high distinction) by the Sri Lankan Performance Festival affiliated with the UK embassy 2014.

Chammi Rajapathirana

Traveller’s Tales - Memoir (Published)

Chandima Rajapatirana is a poet, writer and a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. After 32 years in the US, he and his parents returned to Sri Lanka to establish the E.A.S.E. Foundation (, of which he is the Co-Founder/Co-President. As a person with non-verbal autism, Chandima works to create “A World Where We All Belong.” Through his writing, documentaries and videos, he has reached beyond Sri Lanka to change the world’s view of autism and its attitude towards disability. His film poem “The Potter” was selected to be played at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

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