Featured poet

Lawanya Wijesekara

I was born and raised in the island of Sri Lanka. English is not my mother tongue, and for the whole of my school years I was educated in Sinhala (which is my mother tongue) with English as a second language. However, I did my undergraduate and postgraduate education in English.

I am a medical doctor in Sri Lanka with a MD in Transfusion Medicine. I came to the United Kingdom quite recently with my husband - who is at Kettering General Hospital to do mandatory post-MD foreign training. I was fortunate enough to be unemployed during this time, paving my way into the FPAA and exploring all the wonderful aspects of art and literature.

Iíve been scribbling poetry since I was about 13 or 14 years of age. It was my way of expressing and my catharsis. Iíve chosen English as the language in the vast majority of my work, although Iíve written several poems in Sinhala as well. Some of my poems, in their early days, have been published in local newspapers - but eventually I lost the drive to make my work affirmed by editors, and switched to social media writing. Iíve been managing my poetry page (The Isle of Poetry) on Facebook for about ten years now.

Sri Lanka is a former British Colony, gaining independence in 1948. It later suffered a civil war spanning three decades, which ended in 2009 - but although I grew up with a war in the country, Iíve been fortunate enough to be unaffected by it directly. I was raised as a namesake Buddhist, as the majority of the country is Buddhist by default - but became a practicing Buddhist during the last 10 years or so. My work is inspired by the Buddhist philosophy, the plethora of human emotions, socio-political dynamics of the world, civil war and the subtleties in a developing third-world nation.

My father's sudden demise in 2014 awakened me to an aspect of life that Iíd overlooked before, and the fact that my husband and I donít have kids made me look at life in a more pensive way. Poetry is my comfort foodÖ my safe placeÖ my refugeÖ my spiritual expedition and my mirror in many ways. It is my little jewel that I hold close to my heart, amidst the chaos of my profession and the daily ordeals in a developing nation.

Itís been a pleasure to know the kindred souls of the FPAA during my time in the United Kingdom, and to share my work with you all. I will be returning to Sri Lanka in 2019 and may come back to the United Kingdom to complete my postgraduate training. But I will continue nurturing my passion through social media from wherever in the world I may be. The positive feedback and encouragement that I received from the FPAA exposure has, in a way, affirmed to me that my work is worth publishing - and this led to the recent digital publication of my work as an Amazon Kindle ebook ('Fallen Leaves'), which is available worldwide now via amazon.com.
» Visit Lawanya's Facebook page to read more of her poetry
» Download a copy of 'Fallen Leaves' - Lawanya's debut anthology of poetry - from Amazon


Love is

 

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Word Clouds

 

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Drops of Words

 

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Benches

 

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Hopeless

 

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Branded

 

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Sunflower

 

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