Kenyan writer Idza Luhumyo has won the 2022 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story ‘Five Years Next Sunday’. The announced was made by Okey Ndibe, Chair of the 2022 AKO Caine Prize Judging Panel, at an award ceremony in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Pramudith D Rupasinghe
The Sri Lankan author PRAMUDITH D RUPASINGHE is considered one of the emerging authors of our times. His books have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 12 languages.
Born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka in 1979, he soon discovered his vocation for writing. After completing his first degree, he started his career as a French teacher in several schools. Then South Asian Tsunami in 2004 changed his career path into Humanitarian domain. As a humanitarian diplomat, he has served in several countries around the world by contributing to his specialisation 'Mental Health-Psychosocial Support' to almost every major calamity in past decades such as South Asian Tsunami, Haiti earthquake, Pakistan earthquake, The great lake crisis, Liberian civil conflict, West African Ebola crisis and Nepal earthquake.
He worked with the Red Cross and Cresent movement and is currently working with the United Nations.
His departure to Africa in 2010 can be introduced as the starting point of his career shift as an author.
He invented a new genre 'Semi-Fiction' with his title 'Footprints in obscurity' and seems following the same style; novel 'Behind the Eclipse' is written in the same style. Besides that, breaking the rules of traditional writing Pramudith D Rupasinghe has used passive voice at a significantly higher in his writings which are unique to his style of expression.
His title 'Behind the Eclipse' is currently listed as one of the most read books in 2016 among humanitarian community.
Besides 'Behind the Eclipse' and 'Footprints in Obscurity' his has several significant works such as: 'Bayan' (2002), 'Termites' (2004), 'The Island of Paradox' (2003), 'Lethal Truth' (2005)
'Magpie' (2008), 'Rhymes of a journey' (2011) and 'Broken Bricks' (2012) which were published regionally and locally.
The person behind the author is a wildlife photographer, clinical psychologist, leisure long-distance-runner, human right activist, leisure traveller who has visited over 130 countries, reader, tea and coffee gourmet, painter and a simple man who loves to stay with his family.
He is present in all social media networks, and he is a writer with the highest number of followers in the social media.
In the past years, Pramudith D Rupasinghe has expanded his presence on the internet with his daily blogs in Wordpress Facebook(https://web.facebook.com/BestSellingTile2017/),(https://web.facebook.com/PRAMUDITHDRUPASINGHE/?fref=ts), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Pramu79) among others. He is equally present in media sharing sites such as Youtube, Flickr offering on a regular basis not only texts but also videos and pictures to his readers.
Writers have the power to make incremental contributions to make the world a better place, J.E. Sibi-Okumu
.E. Sibi-Okumu is a playwright from Kenya. The socio-political evolution of his country is a constant inspiration for him. Almost all his plays involve music and dance. He also writes prose and poetry and is a regular columnist. He is a *Chevalier des Palmes Académiques.
Folu Agoi, President of the Nigerian Centre of PEN International (aka PEN Nigeria), erstwhile Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Lagos Branch (March 13, 2004 – October 13, 2007), winner of BBC Poetry Competition (2001) and several other awards – including Prof Wole Soyinka Award for Literature (2007), Mother Drum Golden Award for Excellence (2012), The Tutuola Palm for Poetry award (by The Delta Book Club; July 23, 2019), and SWANA 2020 Poetry Competition (Nov 7, 2020; SWANA…
Stanley Gazemba’s novel, ‘The Stone Hills of Maragoli’, published in the USA as ‘Forbidden Fruit’ (The Mantle, NY) won the Jomo Kenyatta prize for Kenyan Literature in 2003. He is also the author of ‘Khama’ (shortlisted for the Wilbur and Niso Smith Adventure Writing Prize, also published by The Mantle), ‘Ghettoboy’ (shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Prize) and ‘Callused Hands’. His collection of short stories, ‘Dog Meat Samosa’ was recently published by Regal House Publishing of Raleigh, USA. His novel, ‘Footprints in the Sand’ will be published in Sweden in 2022.
In Taiwanese writer Lo Yi-Chin’s Faraway, a fictionalized version of the author finds himself stranded in mainland China attempting to bring his comatose father home. Lo’s father had fled decades ago, abandoning his first family to start a new life in Taiwan. After travel between the two countries becomes politically possible, he returns to visit the son he left behind, only to suffer a stroke. The middle-aged protagonist ventures to China, where he embarks on a protracted struggle with the byzantine hospital regulations
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worldwide, and he did not stop there. Dr Jean-Paul Faure translates Asian literature into French, especially, work of Sri Lankan authors with whom he has a particular affiliation. The country where he served over four years as a diplomat.
Sri Lanka is the birthplace of several multitalented, visionary and unconventional artists. They range from writers to performing artists who have swum across the ring of salty waters and show the world the irresistible might the island nation possesses. They are the magic coins of countries creative economies, the glue of the nation united future, and the ambassadors of Sri Lanka
The Whole Wide World is a crime fiction that features writers from Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar and Maldives was launched in early September as a Publication of Sweerycat Press and is now available worldwide at online book retailers and selected bookstores.
When the world around you is falling apart, the present is dreadful, and the future is an impossibility, and you can’t figure out why all happen to you, then you seek refuge in the stories of the good old past.
“Literature can break down any divisions” Sakina Mohammed, award-winning Sri Lankan writer of My Poetic Place.
Sri Lankan authors are known for their compelling penmanship that never draws far from Sri Lankan roots, rich in culture and Sri Lankan traditions. Here’s a list of the ten best books by Sri Lankan authors that will take you down a road of rich cultures and past societies! Most of them write prose, but a few very special ones have crossed the island’s salty ring of water with gifted skills in poetry. Sakina Mohammed is one of them. The Asian Review is pleased to introduce Sakina, who believes in the might of Literature for reconciliation and social cohesion.
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