An evening of ‘many gems’ This year’s Gratiaen Prize shortlist was announced at an event at the British Council that also saw lively conversations with the long-listed authors View(s): View(s):This year, the lot of the Gratiaen judges was more unenviable than it had been in years past (though it must at the same time have been highly rewarding and thrilling). It was quite a large haul- in fact 42 entries- but even more overwhelming has been the quality of the work. A glance at the longlist suffices to affirm that this year’s yield is indeed ripe and rich- with, as Gill Caldicott said, ‘many gems’. The Gratiaen Prize 2018 will be awarded at a final awards ceremony, sponsored by Sarasavi Bookshop Private Limited, on June 9. The judges are Sumathy Sivamohan, filmmaker and academic; Saumya Liyanage, dramatist, actor and academic; Charulatha Thewarathanthri, writer; and Esther Surenthiraraj, university academic.
Source: Sunday Times April 12, 2019 14:37 UTC