PAST WINNERS

Winners of Gratiaen Prize 2006

2006 Winners

3 Star K
Seneka Abeyratne
The Banana Tree Crisis
Isankya Kodittuwakku

Bio data of Authors

3 Star K
Seneka Abeyratne

Seneka Abeyratne has a higher degree from Cornell University. He is a playwright and photographer.

The Banana Tree Crisis
Isankya Kodithuwakku

Isankya Kodithuwakku has a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College where she gave up Mathematics to concentrate on writing. She is presently at Colombia University completing an M.F.A in Creative Writing.

Excerpts from the books

The Banana Tree Crisis/Isankya Kodithuwakku

The whole problem happened because the yards of the three concerned houses in the posh Cinnamon Gardens area met at a banana tree. The tree grew in a corner of Mrs. Juhaid’s property, leaned on the back wall of Amirta’s garden, and provided shade and a banana scented breeze to Mr. Martin’s backyard. Mrs. Juhaid was a rich widow who owned the uninhabited piece of land with the banana treet. Amrita was ayoung businesswoman who illicitly bought processed tea dust from small people who worked in big tea factories and packaged them to sell to local stores. Mr. Martin was anewly-appointed officer at an American government agency working in Colombo and had taken a lease on Holmes Place a month before the whole incident.