By Harischandra Gunaratna
The much-awaited short list of Gratiaen Prize 2016 was announced at the British Council auditorium yesterday evening at a simple ceremony.
The short listed works are:
1. “Introspection”(poetry) by Jean Arasanayagam
2. “The Memory of Loss”(novel) by Rizvina Morseth de Alwis
3. “Short eats” (short stories) by Shehan Karunatilaka
4. “Stories” (novel) by Charulatha Abeysekera Thewarathanthri, and
5. “Borrowed Dust a collection of poems” by Vivimarie VanderPoorten
British Council’s Country Director Keith Davies, addressing the gathering said there had been 55 entries this year and he was proud to be a part of the memorable event. “The event has stood the test of time.”
The coveted Gratiaen Prize is awarded each year to the best submitted creative work in English written by a Sri Lankan writer resident in Sri Lanka. Both published works and unpublished manuscripts are accepted as submissions to the prize, founded by well known author Micheal Ondaatje.
The Gratien Prize 2016 is the second to be awarded under the new partnership between Gratiaen Trust and Sarasavi Book Shop.
Only Vivimarie Vanderpooten and Charulatha Abeysekara Thewathantri were present the ceremony and others were either overseas or were unable to take part.
The judges are Prof Sasanka Perera, (The Chair of the judging p anel), Cultural Anthropolgist and bilingual cultural commentator Prof. Chandana Dissaanayake, Academic and creative writer and Ruhanie Perera, performer and performance maker and lecturer.