A Literary Weekend with Gratiaen Winners

  • Bentota Beach | 26th Sep 2020 & 27th Sep 2020

    Andrew Fidel Fernando

    Cricket writer par excellence, both a local and a tourist in his home country, Sri Lanka comes alive as he hurtles down hills in Kandy in his novel Upon a Sleepless Isle

    Vivimarie Vanderpoorten

    Winner of the 2007 Gratiaen Prize for her evocative book of poetry Nothing Prepares You

    Shehan Karunatilaka

    Sri Lankan writer most notable for his book Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

    Kumar Sangakkara

    Sri Lankan cricket commentator, cricketer, former player and captain of the Sri Lanka national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

    ‘A Literary Weekend with Gratiaen Winners’ presented by Bentota Beach – The Cinnamon Luxury Collection, in partnership with The Gratiaen Trust, was held on the 26th and 27th of September. This was the second edition of our signature heritage events. The unparalleled, up close and personal experience featured many of Sri Lanka’s most prominent literary celebrities, in the backdrop of the beautiful Bentota Beach and Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga Estate.

    Key highlights of the event included a panel discussion with cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara, and authors Andrew Fidel Fernando, Shehan Karunatilake, Vivimarie Vanderpoorten and Lal Medawattegedera on sport, politics, travel, and contemporary Sri Lanka. The event also included an adults-only short play Tea/Coffee by Arun Welendawe Prematilleke; and a visually rich presentation of Andrew Fidel-Fernando’s travels around the island, with a short reading from his Gratiaen Award winning book, Upon a Sleepless Isle, and much more.

    The literary weekend came to a close with the exceptional service by the team at Bentota Beach, The Cinnamon Luxury Collection.

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