I was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Colombo in a sprawling untidy eccentric house built by my grandfather with a garden made by my grandmother of mango and plantain and jambu trees, roses and an orchid house – a time of drawing and making things, of gossip and stories and my grandparents’ squeaky violin duets in the evenings. Later I moved to a new life in London where I have been ever since with an escape now and then to Paris and to Sint Truiden in Belgium; to Goa and Cornwall and currently the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain where I am on sabbatical.
I studied Chemistry then Law at Bristol University, and far more usefully, Fine Art at Central St Martins. I’ve been a terrible trainee solicitor, a very bored editor of law books and a blissfully contented bookseller, writing and making art along the way. I’ve had short stories published, taught in schools in Sweden and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. I won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2016 with my novella Lantern Evening which is published by Gatehouse Press.
I have a Fine Art practice using drawing, painting and 3D and am with the V22 artist collective.
I also run StoryHug an Arts Council England funded project using art and stories to inspire creativity and community.