Short stories, journalism, broadcasting.
Member of EWC since 2008.
Having shown promise in school as a writer in English, she had decided that Journalism would be her future, especially after she won a prize for a story in the Children’s Magazine of a Newspaper.
However, at the point of choosing her career she got deflected to Broadcasting, and joined Radio Ceylon and functioned as a news presenter, feature writer and producer in the English Services.
Radio, before the advent of television, carried many spoken –word programs, and she was able to make good use of her writing skills as well as her voice.
The scripts she wrote included profiles of Famous people on their anniversaries, features for Skakespeare Day, Dramatised Sketches for Christmas (annually), a series on Sri Lankan history- “History Happened Here”, a series on “Habitat”- (environment) “Roads at Random”-(travel). At the same time she was able to contribute to the Press as well. The Arts and Culture magazine edited by Sivakumaran,in a leading English Newspaper carried her book reviews under the pseudonym “Bookworm”, and theatre reviews under “ The Theatregoer.” Her best feature she considers her documentary on DR. R.L. Brohier, Surveyer General, his Life and Work, on the occasion of the issue of a stamp in his honour. A Radio version went on the air on the day of its publication in the press.
When Radio Ceylon became The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, she joined the Administration, and in 1991,retired as the Director of English Services and Training.
Since her retirement, she has been occupied with teaching and media training, and writing.
She joined the E.W.C. in 2008 , where she contributes regularly to their activities, and to Channels. To date her short stories are –“Investigative Journalism”, “Mintaka”, “ The Gift”, “Footsteps,” and “The Family Secret”.
Myrle Walpola Williams was educated at Methodist College, and obtained her B.A. from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. Professional qualifications include Diplomas in Broadcasting Administration from Deutsche Welle. The Voice of Germany, and Radio Training from the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development ,Kuala lampur.
ZONTA International awarded her the “Woman of Achievement “ (Radio) in 1993. And she was given the Unda Award for a Lifetime in Radio by the FR. Joe Neththasinghe Institute.
Besides writing, she is interested in the theatre . She also does copy checking and editing on a professional basis.