We are looking for Commonwealth citizens to share their views ahead of the 2024 Heads of Government Meeting. Sign up to take part

10 minutes with Sri Lankan Born Writer, Romesh Gunesekera

Posted on 13/10/2014
By Commonwealth Foundation
“I do see the world as a fairly small place in which we live, and as far as I’m concerned Sri Lanka is just at the end of the Piccadilly line.”
Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh GunesekreaRomesh was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Britain in the early 1970s. His first novel Reef (2011) was short-listed for the 1994 Booker Prize and received the Premio Mondello Five Continents Asia award. The Sandglass (2011), received BBC’s inaugural Asia Award and Heaven’s Edge (2003), like his collection of stories, Monkfish Moon (2011), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A new collection of stories set in post-war Sri Lanka, Noontide Toll was released in 2014. Romesh is the Chair of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Like Romesh on Facebook
Follow Romesh on Twitter
Visit Romesh’s website
Join in the 10×10 conversation via Twitter (#10×10) and Facebook.

Noon Tide TollNoontide Toll (2014) – Romesh’s most recent work portrays post-war Sri Lanka through a collection of linked stories narrated by van driver Vasantha.
Renewals by Romesh Gunesekera  – Romesh reads a story for Radio 3’s Commonwealth Stories, a series celebrating the leading literary voices writing in English from around the Commonwealth in 2014.
‘all over the world, the determination to manipulate what we know has also never been stronger’ – Romesh discusses his work and the manipulation of the past for the Autumn 2013 edition of British literary quarterly Granta.
‘Roadkill’ – Romesh’s short story available to read in The New Yorker online (2013), which he discusses here.
Romesh Gunesekera: On Memory and Time – the writer talks about memory and time in work, and discusses aspects of his book Noontide Toll.
Thinking Through Things – Romesh discusses the objects that have inspired his work, from a butterfly knife to a 1980’s “portable” suitcase computer.

Go Back To The 10X10 Podcasts