We are delighted to welcome author Shiromi Pinto to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
Shiromi Pinto’s first novel, “Trussed” (Serpent’s Tail, 2006; optioned), was reviewed as ‘audacious’ (The Independent), ‘brilliant’ (Diva) and ‘fast, blackly funny and so cool that it hurts’ (The Times).
She has also written a number of commissioned short stories and travel memoirs, including: ‘Cycling’, The Flash (Social Disease, 2007); ‘Scissors, paper, stone’, BBC Radio 4 (broadcast October 2006); ‘Tiger, tiger, burning bright’, ‘Quartet: Four literary walks through the V&A’(Zembla/Victoria & Albert Museum, January 2006); ‘South Beach’, opendemocracy.net (spring 2003); and ‘Kolambe’, Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad (autumn 2001).
Shiromi will be reading excerpts from her forthcoming second novel, ‘Plastic Emotions’, inspired by the life of Minnette de Silva, Sri Lanka’s first modernist architect and the first Asian woman to become an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. February 2018 marks the centenary of Minnette de Silva’s birth – and this event is also a celebration of this pioneering architect, whose work deserves much wider recognition.
Born in the UK, Shiromi grew up in Montreal, Canada, and returned to London to take an MA at the School of Oriental & African Studies. She lives in northwest London with her daughter.