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Birthplace
United Kingdom
Residence
United Kingdom
Identities
United Kingdom, Sri Lanka
DOB
Not provided
Gender
Female

Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne, born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire is of English and Sri Lankan heritage. She has given readings, performances and workshops in UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Egypt and Kuwait. She currently works as a freelance writer, mentor, trainer and creative consultant.

Seni Seneviratne, born and raised in Leeds, is of English and Sri Lankan heritage. She has given readings, performances and workshops in UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Egypt and Kuwait.  She currently works as a freelance writer, mentor, trainer and creative consultant. 

Published by Peepal Tree Press, her debut collection, Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin (2007), includes a poem, which was Highly Commended in the Forward Poetry Prize.   The Heart of It (2012), her second collection, includes her poem ‘Operation Cast Lead’ which was shortlisted in the Arvon International Poetry Competition (2010).

She has organised creative events and facilitated creative writing workshops and residences in schools, colleges and community settings, working across a range of abilities (from people with basic literacy skills to MA students) and with people from a variety of experiences and backgrounds. She is particularly interested in the relationship between poetry and trauma and has presented her paper, Speaking the Unspeakable through Poetry: The Search for a Place of Healing and Witness after Trauma at conferences in UK, US, South Africa and Kuwait.

She is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and has collaborated with film-makers, visual artists, musicians and digital artists.  In 2012 she was the poet in residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival and in 2013 she was commissioned by Aldeburgh Poetry Festival to create text in response Bill Jackson’s photographic exhibition, Dark Light.  In 2014 her film-poem, ‘Sitting for the Mistress’ was shortlisted in the Southbank Film Poem competition.   In 2016 she received an Arts Council grant to fund a collaboration with digital artist Shirley Harris to create a multi-media production, Lady of Situations, which was launched at Off the Shelf Literature Festival 2016.  The work, which combined theatre, poetry, digital art and music, drew on the classical stories of Philomela and Tiresias and explored themes of power and control, gender identity, language and silence, trauma and recovery, exile, asylum and containment.

In 2018 she was selected as one of ten commissioned writers on the Colonial Countryside Project: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted.  This is a child-led writing and history project with the University of Leicester, Peepal Tree Press and the National Trust.

www.seniseneviratne.com

 

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