The Heart of It
Seni Seneviratne is a widely acclaimed poet and creative artist of English and Sri Lankan heritage. She is the author of Wild Cinnamon and Winter Skin, and her latest collection is The Heart of It.
Seni Seneviratne
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United Kingdom
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16 Apr 2012

Poet Mimi Khalvati writes:
‘The movement of Seni Seneviratne’s second collection, The Heart of It, is two-fold, like that of the heart: here is a poet able to combine the personal in enchanting lyrics of desire with the political in poems that, through imaginative power, portray other lives – marginalised, brutalised, lost – as genuinely as her own. Seni speaks to us in a voice always natural, engaging, never pushing beyond the limits of authentic feeling but staying true to lived experience and, despite loss or heartache, always open to the outside world and its windows on the heart. The Heart of It is a tender, moving collection, full of passionate intensity and an unswerving faith in the power of reconciliation and love.’ 

Seni Seneviratne smiling, wearing a grey striped top and glasses

Seni Seneviratne

Seni Seneviratne, born and raised in Leeds, is of English and Sri Lankan heritage, and the author of four highly-acclaimed collections of poems. Her poem 'A Wider View' is included on the AQA GCSE poetry syllabus, and her collection, Unknown Soldier (2019), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and National Poetry Day Choice. She is a fellow of the Complete Works programme and has collaborated with film-makers, visual artists, musicians and digital artists. She is currently one of ten commissioned writers on the Colonial Countryside Project: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted. She lives in Derbyshire.

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