Gala Evening of Gratiaen Award
Prof. Walter Perera, Chair of the Gratiaen Trust, and
Arasanayagam, winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2015, show the
certificate to the audience
H.D. Premasiri addressing
Gehan Blok reads from a short-listed work
Chairman of the Gratiaen Trust, Prof Walter Perera, delivers
the introductory speech
An evening of the English Medium Writers of Sri Lanka took place at
the BMICH on May 14 where a memorable event of Gratiaen Award took place
in the presence of a constellation of writers. Gratiaen Award began in
1992, with the pioneering effort of Michael Ondaatje; it was meant for
promoting quality creative writing among English Writers of Sri Lanka at
a national level. The Gratiaen Award for the year 2015 was awarded to
Thyagaraja Arasanayagam's anthology of Poems titled White Lanterns:
Vesak 2011. Among the five shortlisted nominees were: Ashok Ferry's
Ceaseless Chatter of Demons, Shehan Karunatilaka's Devil Dance, Chammi
Rajapathirana's Travellers Tales and Grace Wickramasinghe's Closure.
The panel of judges consisted of Captain Elmo Jayawardena (Chair) Ms.
Tracy Holsinger and Dr. Dinali Devendra. The event was sponsored by
Pictured here are photographs of the event and the After-party.