The 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival is delighted to welcome poet Viviemarie Vanderpoorten.
Viviemarie Vanderpoorten is a award winning poet who completed her PhD. at the University of Ulster and is currently a senior lecturer at the Open University of Sri Lanka.
Her poetry collection Nothing Prepares You won the 2007 Gratiaen Prize and the 2009 SAARC Poetry Award.
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Her second collection of poems, Stitch Your Eyelids Shut (2010) addresses issues that include feminism and the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s Civil War.
Her third collection of poems Borrowed Dust was was shortlisted for the 2016 Gratiaen Prize (in manuscript form) and published in 2017.