About

In my studio in the mountains, Spain 2018. Photo: Maxi Kohan

I was born in Sri Lanka and  grew up in Colombo. Later I moved to 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 the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. I am currently living in the UK

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, one of which, Red Sari is taught in schools in Sweden. I have also had stories commissioned for and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Afternoon Readings. I won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2016 with my novella LANTERN EVENING which is published by Gatehouse Press.

My novel BEAUTIFUL PLACE will be published in September 2019 by Salt Publishing.

I have a Fine Art practice using drawing, painting and 3D and have exhibited in group shows in the UK and Spain. My solo show ‘Dance of the Wild’, an exhibition of sculptures and paintings, was in 2018 in Granada Province, Spain.

I also run StoryHug an Arts Council England funded project using art and stories to inspire creativity and community.

In my studio in the mountains. Spain 2018. Photo: Maxi Kohan

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