A Literary Weekend with Gratiaen Winners

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

    Bentota Beach together with The Gratiaen Trust present

    A Literary Weekend with Gratiaen Winners

    Bringing together writers and lovers of literature at two unique venues with a series of literary events.
    Set amidst the backdrop of the ocean and a lagoon, experience inspiring ways to appreciate Sri Lanka’s leading authors and insights into their award-winning work.

    • 26 and 27 September 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 Van Der Poorten

    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

    Saturday, 26 September

    Day Package

    • Poetry reading in the atmospheric setting of a Bawa garden
    • Lunch at the iconic Bentota Beach
    • A guided tour of the Bentota Beach with insights into the property’s art and architectural history
    • A talk by Gratiaen Winner 2019 – Andrew Fidel Fernando on his exciting, wild and unexpected encounters travelling around Sri Lanka
    • An engaging panel discussion – Literature and Being Sri Lankan with past Gratiaen Winners

    For Guests on The Overnight Stay

    • A thought-provoking short play Tea/Coffee and readings from The One Who Loves You So, written by Arun Welendawe-Prematilleke
    • Soft jazz amidst the colours of the evening sky at the Sunset Lounge
    • Dinner in conversation with the Gratiaen Winners

    Sunday, 27 September

    • An early signature Bentota Beach breakfast
    • Gratiaen women writers in conversation


    Rs.12,000/- per person

    Rs.25,000/- per person on double or triple basis


    Limited Packages Available – Book now! Call: +94 (0)34 227 5176

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