Humanitarian Laureate, Pramudith D. Rupasinghe, is judging the Page Turner Book Award hoping to find cultural stories that cross the borders of human interests.
Laureate of Golden Aster Award for Global Literature 2020 for his historical fiction Bayan, Pramudith D. Rupasinghe has explored new horizons in writing with his unique writing style, “writing without borders” by being physically present in the places where his stories take place.
Humanitarian by profession, Pramudith served as a humanitarian diplomat in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East for almost two decades until he embarked on his writing career following his semi-fiction “Footprints in Obscurity” (2015) based on his visits to 29 territories in the African continent.
The following year (2016), he surfaced in the global writing ecosystem with his work of fiction “Behind the Eclipse”— a story set in the context of the West African Ebola Crisis, where he worked with the United Nations for over six years. Behind the Eclipse has been listed among the ten best books ever written by Sri Lankan authors who write in English.
Quitting Africa after two works of fiction, Rupasinghe adventured Ukraine. It was just after the annexation of Crimea and the birth of the crisis in the eastern regions.
Through a life of a 73 years old man, Pramudith not only depicted the calamitous dynamics in the region after the fall of the soviet union but also hinted at what is happening in Ukraine today: Bayan, his historical fiction set in Ukraine, won The Golden Aster Award for Global Literature, 2020. Rupasinghe’s works of fiction are available globally and in several languages, including Russian, French, German, Burmese, Polish and Sinhala.
Recently, Pramudith served as a senior humanitarian professional at Eastern Europe Regional level for the refugee crisis in Ukraine: his recent work was forced on Poland, Ukraine and Romania. Currently, Rupasinghe continues to offer his invaluable service as a part-time humanitarian and focuses more on his writing. He also shares his experience and expertise with Jindal Global Law School, India, and Roxbourg Institute of Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland.
He holds an alumni of University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka, Tata institute of Social Sciences, India, and The University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. He identifies himself as a writer shaped by his humanitarian career and believes that his books fulfil a humanitarian advocacy and awareness mission focused more on social change.
I am looking for characters who craft their own story…