PAST WINNERS

Winners of Gratiaen Prize 2009

2009 Winner

Mythil's Secret
Prashani Rambukwella

Bio data of Authors

Mythil's Secret
Prashani Rambukwella

Prashani Rambukwella studied at Methodist College in Colombo. She became the children’s page editor of the Weekend Express, a national newspaper, and she created Chariots, a children’s board game while still a student that was adopted and produced by the Ceylon Bible Society.

Prashani graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Peradeniya, where she was known as a playwright and director. Two of her plays, Things that Matter and Light Bulb were performed at inter-university drama festivals. She also won the best director award for two consecutive years at the annual drama competition of the University.

Prashani has contributed articles to travelsrilanka magazine and the Literary Encyclopedia on the life and novels of Sri Lankan writer James Goonewardene.

Mythil’s Secret, her first book, was published by Perera Hussein Publishing House in July 2009.

Excerpts from the books

Mythil’s Secret/ Prashani Rambukwella

Mythil’s Secret

Evening Plans

“Well, we didn’t find the yaka, Ianthi said as they sat on the steps to the veranda. She was enjoying the ripe brown siyambala after Mythil had shown her how to crack open the shell.

It had felt like forever in the jungle but when Mythil and Ianthi had peeped in on their parents from one of the hall windows they had realized with relief that they hadn’t been missed.

'What will you do now?’