What runs through an editor’s mind as she reads a piece of work for the first time? Does she let herself relax into the story like a reader would, or does the editor’s mind take over, hawk eyed, looking for flaws that need to be perfected? Karen R. Sanderson, my first guest to drop in… Read More The Writer’s Space
“Colombo” is published in issue 6 of New Ceylon Writing. You can find it on page 27 here or read it below. Colombo – by Shirani Rajapakse Prescription walkers huff and puff their way to good health, proud of the city’s walkways, the affluent thrusting their jelly bellies ahead as they valiantly attempt to compete… Read More New Ceylon Writing
I had the pleasure of getting a pre-release copy of Karen’s book, No Boundaries a few months ago. This is what I wrote about it. “Sanderson’s book No Boundaries evokes a place in time we can only revisit in words. It’s like being on a long journey. The images and ideas described remain long after… Read More No Boundaries – Karen R. Sanderson
My review of Melanie Villines very interesting book Windy City Sinners is up at Goodreads. Check it out, along with other reviews at the link, or read it below. Everyone’s a sinner and a saint. I didn’t know what to expect from a book described as “A Magic Realism Crime Novel”, but the more I… Read More Windy City Sinners -Melanie Villines
My friend, and the editor of my forthcoming collection of poetry, has just published a lovely book of poetry. You can check out her post for No Boundaries and visit Amazon.
The Way It Is, at International Times today.
We can’t sing certain songs that speak of our glorious past or our identity. We are shamed. Tunes hummed softly to walls that sometimes listen but don’t record words barely coherent they brush cheeks against hard surfaces and sigh to winds passing outside. We can’t be proud of our history, the long winding road of… Read More The Way It Is
This is Home is a short story I wrote last year about a Palestinian woman stuck in the middle of the conflict. Check it out here.
Two poems “Dilemma” and “A Forced Silence” are included in Dove Tales Family and Cultural Identity released on the first of this month.
A License to Dream is featured in the “LEARNING TO DRIVE Poetry and Prose Series” on Silver Birch Press.
Four of my poems are featured on VerseWrights today. They are “Dream of the Housemaid”, “Questions Left Unanswered”, Driving Down Galle Road” and “The Violinist.”
Two poems, “The Poetess” and “Woman of the House” was published in Learning and Creativity as part of the 6th Women Scream International Art and Poetry Festival 2016. To read go here.
“Out of Control” ,a poem for My MANE Series running this month on Silver Birch Press.
Earth Song is featured in LIJLA Vol 4 No1 February 2016. Go here or read it below. Earth Song I am the weeping earth cringing in pain when you dig me up, pulling out limbs, entrails leaving me to hemorrhage. Shocked, in excruciating pain, no one hears my silent cries. Children orphaned,… Read More Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts
Originally published in “Writers for Calais Refugees” A Place to Call Home was published today in International Times. A Place to Call Home When what you flee from is not what you want to remember, blood washing streets, bodies decomposing, sisters forced to strip down, gorged on like the entrails of cattle by… Read More International Times
Posted today a poem about the elections in Saudi Arabia. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015 SAUDI ARABIA by Shirani Rajapakse RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — In elections that allowed Saudi women to vote and run for office for the first time, more than a dozen women won seats on local councils in different parts of the country, officials… Read More New Verse News
A Place to Call Home was published last month in Writers for Calais Refugees.
Issue 5 of Cities + is all about secrets. Here is what to expect in the issue. “We send you on a hunt to find answers written in urban landscapes and whisper (or maybe shout) to you about Rankopolis, the most ‘city’ of all cities. There is a polemic on the parasitic nature of the… Read More Cities + Secrets
I’m one of the writers featured at the Evening of Poetry and Prose organised by the English Writers Cooperative on October 23rd.
A review of Flash Fiction International at Kitaab. To read it go here. “Right on the trail of Kafka and coincidentally just a few pages after him, we have the story “Shattered” by Shirani Rajapakse from Sri Lanka. The title hits the reader like the single-worded and sometimes monosyllabic title of a horror movie. Now… Read More Flash Fiction International
Read “Loneliness” published today in Vol III Issue II.
The annual creative writing seminar organised by the English Writers’ Cooperative (EWC) Sri Lanka will be held on August 29, 2015 from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at the auditorium of the Sri Lanka Federation of University Women. There will be two sessions on poetry and short story followed by a panel discussion in the… Read More Getting it Write!
Three poems “Taken for Granted”, “The Road to Over There” and “Unwanted Visitors”.were published in Asian Signature recently. I had no idea they were published until a few minutes ago when I went looking for something else and found the link to my own poems.
“As much as I love and admire full-length fiction, these little marvels have had such a salutary effect on me. I highly recommend them for you, too. Take and enjoy. The doses might be small but they are always bracing!” Check out the review of Flash Fiction International by Luke Sherwood in Basso Profundo.
“A Wish List” kicks off the “My Perfect Vacation Series” that’s on right now at Silver Birch Press. To read the poem go here. Somewhere in Ladakh, India.
The Editors at The Write -In have created an event for today, June 27, National Flash Fiction Day. Write flash stories based on any of their prompts and if the the stories are interesting they get published. It’s all happening right now. Check out my story Things that Happen in the Night.
“Growing Up in the City” is included in the “ME, AS A CHILD” Poetry Series that’s on through April and May. To read the poem go to Silver Birch Press.
What can a hundred rupees (approximately 0.75 USD) get you? A bottle of water, a snack, some sweets, maybe a short bus ride to wherever and back? That’s not much really. A hundred rupees certainly won’t get you in through the door of any theatre or movie hall anywhere in the country either. But… Read More One hundred rupees for a day of lit
“The authors of several stories set in war-torn lands, among them Lin Dinh’s “Man Carrying Books” (Vietnam) and Shirani Rajapakse’s “Shattered” (Sri Lanka), use the brevity of the form strategically to suggest the vulnerability of their characters to sudden twists of fate.” Flash Fiction International (W.W.Norton). Read the full review at Publishers Weekly. Or check… Read More Flash Fiction International -W.W.Norton
“Dream of the Housemaid” is my contribution to the theme on Migration. To read the other contribution in Vol II Issue III go here.
Moving Worlds Volume 14 Number 2 Catastrophe and Environment will be launched during the two-day public conference Reframing Disaster that will be held from 28-29 November 2014 at Leeds. Reframing Disaster is being held to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bhobal Gas Disaster in India, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and the… Read More Catastrophe and Environment
The theme of this issue of Cities + is language. The issue “explores how Cities speak through bodies, books, buildings, cracked images, children’s drawings, grafitti, ground diagram sillouettes, maps, mechanical sounds, musical notes, pictures, poems, scents, sidewalks. Consider this issue as a multi-sensory dictionary, whose entries go far beyond words, and go back to them… Read More Cities+Language
Last year New Verse News published “September” a poem I wrote about 9/11. You can read it here.
2014 is a significant year for anniversaries of disasters. While all attention seems to be on the centenary of World War I this year is also significant as it the anniversary of several natural catastrophes that took place around the world. It’s the 30th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Disaster in India, the 20th anniversary of… Read More 2014- the Year that Commemorates Global Catastrophes
I tend to publish more poetry than fiction for whatever reason. This is one of the few instances when I published fiction. Check out my flash story “Night Visitor” in Issue 2, published this month. It’s a dark story, but then that’s what the Deep Water Literary Journal is about – exploring the dark side… Read More Deep Water Literary Journal
Mali, the poem written for the jailed Sri Lankan elephant and posted on my blog in 2012 is included in Animal Liberation Front.com. Let’s hope more people get behind the effort to save Mali, like they did for Sunder. Go here for the poem or go here to check out the rest of the poems,… Read More Animal Liberation Front.com
Two poems, “Late Afternoon” and “Games People Play” are included in Mascara Literary Review, Issue 15, May 2014.
My poem titled “The Shower”was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards. For more details check Poetica Magazine here.
Reminiscence is published today in Kitaab.
She is Spark’s tribute to women from all walks of life this month. My short poem “Woman of the House” is also included here.
“Alone One Evening” is my contribution to Ballads, an anthology of new poetry about music. Published by Dagda Publishing you can check it out at Createspace and Amazon. Ballads is in aid of Scope, a UK based charity for mental health.
Can you tell a story in 25 words? How do you fit in a beginning, middle and an end, describe characters, themes, set the scene, add dialogue in just 25 words? The answer – Short & Sweet, Sri Lanka’s first ever anthology of hint fiction. Short & Sweet includes over 160 little pieces of fiction… Read More Short & Sweet launched
Spark celebrates its fourth birthday this month with a potpourri of writing. “Celebrating Another Birthday” is my contribution.
Two poems, “Reader on the Shelf” and “Evening” are included in the December 2013 issue. See page 1.
My poem titled “The Capital” is included in “Channels” Volume 19. Channels is an annual publication that features contemporary Sri Lankan Writing and is published by the English Writers’ Cooperative (EWC) Sri Lanka. It’s not available online and I’m posting the poem here. The Capital I Colombo clicks her heels tonight as music throbs in… Read More Channels
As of yesterday all my published poems are now collected in one space for easy reference. While the links will continue to be available here on this blog the poems are now all at PoemHunter at just one click. However one poem “The Stray” which I posted here on the blog on November 25, 2011… Read More All My Poems in One Place except “The Stray”
Read Hope, a poem published in Volume II Issue III on the theme of “The Future of Water,” November 2013.
“On the Way to Over There” a micro story, is featured in the Autumn 2013 Issue. Flip through to page 32.
Read “September” live today at http://newversenews.blogspot.com/2013/09/september.html Or read it below. The New Verse News Wednesday, September 11, 2013 SEPTEMBER by Shirani Rajapakse Remember, you said, that day. People falling from the sky like stars, burnt out flares unable to cling on. Fire . in the sky metal crashing above. Remember how it felt as you looked… Read More New Verse News
My poem “Where do we go from here?” appears in Issue 10, Fall 2013 on the theme of Samsara.