RUKSHANI WEERASOORIYA

Rukshani

Primary genre: Poetry (Secondary genre: Prose, script, research).

Member of the EWC since 2011. She held the office of Treasurer of the EWC from January to June 2012.

Rukshani penned her first real poem, Lance Corporal, in her school library in 1999. Lance Corporal won her the Methodist College Prize for Creative Writing in the year 2000, and went on to be published as part of her first volume of poetry, ‘Odds,’ in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2004. Lance Corporal was subsequently published in ‘Groundviews,’ a citizens’ journalism website, in 2012, and is currently being taught as an A’Level English literature text at a number of leading private schools in Colombo. ‘Odds’ was followed by a second volume of poetry in 2006, titled ‘Salt,’ which was also published in Islamabad.

During her time in Islamabad, Rukshani’s poem McDonald’s Kids’ Corner, took her to the finals of the Palladium Prize for Poetry, a nation-wide poetry composition and recitation competition organized by the British Council in 2002. She also founded the ‘Poetry Club’ of the University College of Islamabad that same year, and proceeded to organize two consecutive inter school poetry competitions while still a student (in 2003 and 2005). These were the first of their kind in Islamabad.

While Rukshani’s main genre is poetry, she has, over the years, dabbled in a range of other genres, including script writing, research writing, and prose. Her short story ‘Maniac,’ won the Methodist College Senior Creative Writing Competition in the year 1999, and she was one of the eight student writers of Ruwanthie de Chickera’s production ‘The Absentee,’ staged at the Russian Cultural Centre in the year 2000. She also contributed a weekly column to the ‘Sunday Times Magazine’ (then known as the ‘Mirror Magazine’) from 2007 to 2010.

Rukshani is an Attorney-at-Law, with a Masters in Law from King’s College London (2009). She also completed a course in Life Writing at the University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education (2011), under the tutelage of Prof J. D. Ballam. Rukshani currently contributes to Roar.lk alongside her corporate legal work.

Publications:

  • Salt,’ self-published, Islamabad, 2006.
  • Odds,’ Ferozsons (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad, 2004.

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Awards:

  • Finalist, Palladium Prize for Poetry, 2002, ‘McDonald’s Kids’ Corner’ [British Council, Pakistan]
  • Winner, Prize for Creative Writing, 2000, ‘Lance Corporal’ [Methodist College, Colombo]
  • First Place, Senior Short Story Competition, 1999, ‘Maniac’[Methodist College, Colombo]
  • Third Place, Poetry Recitation Competition,1996[Methodist College, Colombo]

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