Words Work, a literary forum organized by the Paw Print Publishers, was held on the 18th of August, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The welcome address by Manikya Kodituwakku on behalf of the Paw Print highlighted the organizers’ ambition in bringing the writers in English of the country together through such events.
This was followed by Poetry reading moderated by Daisy Perry and the participants were Madri Kalugalle, Dilantha Gunawardene, and Khrishantha Bagyadutta.
Mr. Bagyadutta’s reading was something more than a recital; it was a performance and his modulations and enacting the scene of his poem attracted the audience.
The Words Work lecture, titled ‘The need to build platforms for Literature’ was then delivered by Capt. Elmo Jayawardene and that, too, was warmly received.
The next session, after a break, was a panel discussion, titled, ‘New Directions in Sri Lankan Writings-in our times,’ moderated by Annemari de Silva. Those who participated were Madhubashini Ratnayake Dissanayake, Dinali Fernando, and Vihanga Perera
The culminating event was a session of prose reading by Sunela Jayawardene, Charulatha Abeysekere and Ayathurai Santhan. The authors were then briefly interviewed by the moderator Vihanga Perera. The first two authors read from their respective books and Santhan read his latest short story, Reverberation, which is due to be published in the forthcoming issue of The Wagon Magazine.
The event turned out to be a three-hour line up of readings, discussions, opinions, and talks from a varied pool of voices new and seasoned in Sri Lanka's English literary discourse.