We are delighted to welcome Piyaseeli Wijemanna to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Piyaseeli Wijemanna was Senior Professor of the Department of Sinhala at the University of Peradeniya.

She retired in March 2007, and continues to serve as a visiting lecturer.

Piyaseeli has over 50 academic papers to her credit, and is the author of 3 novels, 10 story books for children, 2 translations and 2 academic works in book form.

She has distinguished herself as a creative writer by winning the State Literary Award for the best collection of short stories on 3 occasions.

She is well experienced in evaluating creative work and has functioned as a member of many evaluation boards for literary awards for the past thirty years.