Gratiaen Prize winning Vihanga Perera talks about his simple path to greatness. Filled with anecdotes and humor he navigates through the early years of his life to show the simple ways in which we can all be great.
Vihanga Perera has been active in writing between 2006 and the present in a range of genres that include Poetry, Short Fiction, Longer Fiction, Non-fictional Prose and the blogsphere. To date, he has published 4 collections of poetry, 4 works of fiction, 2 collections of short fiction, 2 works of non-fictional prose and a collection of essays on literature. His more recent work includes Music. Death. (2016), Love and Protest (2015), and Postcards to Bentham (2013). He is also the co-author of The Pen of Granite (2015), a commemorative work on the slain journalist/artist, Richard de Zoysa. Vihanga was the winner of the Gratiaen Prize in 2014. He has been shortlisted for the same in 2006 and 2008.Vihanga has been educated at Kingswood College and the University of Peradeniya. He holds Bachelors and Masters qualifications from the latter institute. He is also a freelance writer on the arts and society and has been a columnist to three national weeklies between 2009 and 2012.
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