VIJITA FERNANDO

Vijitha

 Short stories, novels, translations, journalism.

Chairperson of the English Writers Cooperative 2012. 2013, 1014

Full time journalist on the Ceylon Daily News as feature writer, editor of Women’s and Children’s pages, Leader write and occasional translator of news from the Sinhala press into English.(1954-1980)

After retirement, correspondent to the international Women’s Feature Service on Sri Lankan women’s issues  since 1989– continuing

Publications

Short story ‘ The Wild One’ broadcast on the World Service of the BBC(1968). Same story broadcast on the Latin American Service of the BBC in a Spanish translation(1969)

Short story titled ‘Missiya’ included in two collections of Asian short stories by the Oxford University Press, London  (1985,1987)

Short story  ‘A Circle of Powder’ in City Stories edition of the Scholastic Publication of India  Ltd. (2008)

Short story ‘Homecoming’ published in ‘Many Roads Through Paradise’ an anthology of Sri Lankan Literature by Penguin India( 2011)

Published two collections of short stories  ‘Eleven Stories’(1988)   and ‘Once on a Mountainside’  (2005)

A novel ‘Somewhere’  (2013)

Awards

Translations of Sinhala creative fiction into English –Awards

2000  State Literary Award for ‘Women Writing’ in 2000

2002 Gratiaen Prize for ‘Out of the Darkness’

2003 – State Literary Award for the above

2005  Ian Goonetilleka Award of the Gratiaen Trust for ‘The Chameleon”

2005 – State Literary Award for ‘ The Chameleon’

2008 – State Literary Award for ‘The Mountain’

2009- State Literary Award for ‘Beyond the Grey Skies’

2011- State Literary Award for ‘Two Dreams’

2014 – Ian Goonetileka award for ‘Time Rebounds’

Other Awards 

2000 President’s award for Excellence in Journalism

2007 Editors’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

2011 ’Sahitya Ratna’ award for excellence of contributions to Sinhala and English literature in Sri Lanka

Vijita has been on the panel of judges of the Gratiaen Awards in 2009.  A member of the panel of judges to select annual journalism awards from 2010 – 2014, a member of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka  since 2009 – continuing.

 

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