Jones back in new diary
Bridget Jones, the fictional single woman who became a cultural
icon, has returned in the newspaper column where she started her
life a decade ago. Author Helen Fielding has revived her creation
in UK’s The Independent newspaper, starting a new weekly diary.
Bridget is still struggling with life, love and calories, but also
with the added worries of bombs and advancing age. Ms Fielding said
it was "definitely a different chapter in her life" but
Bridget was "still the same person".
original diary started in The Independent in 1995 and went on to
become two best-selling books and two hit films starring Renee Zellweger.
This is the first time Bridget has aired her views since the second
book, The Edge of Reason, was published more than five years ago.
The new column sees her still romantically tangled up with Mark
Darcy and Daniel Cleaver and stressing about being childless. She
is also getting to grips with the attacks on London, saying she
is proud of how well she is "personally handling the crisis".
Asked what would happen to her character, Fielding told BBC One's
Breakfast: "I'm not entirely sure because I haven't written
I can say that it's definitely a different chapter in her life,
it's definitely a new thing, because I didn't want to write another
book or another episode for the sake of it. "She's still the
same person, she hasn't really got it together, she hasn't stopped
smoking, she hasn't stopped drinking, she's still on a diet, she's
still got the same people in her life. But she's about to set off
in another direction."
buzz comes alive with Madhubhashini and Lal
Madhubhashini Ratnayake and Lal Medawattegedera will be the writers
featured in book buzz presented by the British Council in association
with C.J. Associates on Monday, August 15 at 6.30 p.m. at the British
An exclusive series of events dedicated to Sri Lankan writers, Book
Buzz features two Sri Lankan writers whose work is in the British
Council sponsored writers’ website www.writeclique.net. Madhubashini
Ratnayake is the author of Tales of Shades and Shadow and Lal Medawattegedera
the recently released The Window Cleaner's Soul.
tales of Shades and Shadow the author captures the mundane upredictability
of everyday life in Sri Lanka through 11 finely crafted short stories.
Through unusual characters who carry plots towards an unpredictable
climax, Madhubashini looks at society through its various manifestations.
easy to read collection of short stories was shortlisted for the
2001 Gratiaen Award. A reputed writer her other publications include:
Contemporary Sinhala Fiction - Some Writers and their Writing (2000);
Voices from Afar (1999); Driftwood (1991); Animal Tales (1991) and
The Window Cleaner's Soul by Lal Medwattegedera is a collection
of short stories about people on the periphery of society - prostitutes,
window cleaners, delivery boys and labourers.
collection of short stories captures vividly and humorously the
lives of ordinary and sometimes not so ordinary characters, freeze-framing
them in tragic, comic and often tragi-comic moments of their lives
in contemporary Sri Lanka. The Window Cleaner's Soul is Lal's very
first attempt at fiction. He has worked as a journalist, musician,
advertising writer, documentary script writer and translator. This
event is open to all on a first-come-first-served basis.
Nihal de Silva’s unfolding conspiracy
Well-known author Nihal de Silva will launch his new book 'The Giniralla
Conspiracy' at 5.30 pm on August 17 at the Sri Lanka Foundation
'The Giniralla Conspiracy', published by Vijitha Yapa Publications,
is a fast paced story about Sujatha Mallika, a young girl from a
remote village in the south who enters a University and survives
a sadistic rag conducted by a student union affiliated to a radical
political party. Despite the rag, she finds herself deeply impressed
with the union's messianic national leader who promises to sweep
away corruption and find a place in the sun for the rural poor.
When the rag is over she joins the party and works hard to bring
them to power.
later comes to hear about the 'Giniralla Project', a plot she suspects
is aimed at seizing power in the country. Dismayed and fearful she
leaves the political party when she graduates and joins a newspaper.
As a journalist she battles the demons of her own past, even as
she strives to expose the 'Ginralla Conspiracy'. What she finally
uncovers is a plot so terrifying it is almost beyond belief.
de Silva was educated at St. Joseph's College and later at the University
of Ceylon. Since retiring from business three years ago he has taken
up writing. His first book, 'The Road From Elephant Pass', won the
Gratiaen Prize as well as the State Literary Award for the best
novel published in 2003. It was also long-listed for the Impac Dublin
Award, the richest literary prize in the world. His second book,
'The Far Spent Day' was released in 2004.
the pages on the life and work of Kirinde
‘The World of Stanley Kirinde’, a lavishly illustrated
book of the artist’s paintings and life produced by the Stanley
Kirinde Felicitation Committee chaired by Foreign Minister. Lakshman
Kadiragamar will be launched on August 18.
book is authored by Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita Delgoda, historian and
author who has written books and articles on travel, history and
art. In 1998 he wrote and published ‘A Classical Vision- The
Art and Landscape of Stanley Kirinde’, the first ever study
of the painter.
book consists of 329 pages and features 140 illustrations and 33
photographs by Nihal Fernando & Studio Times. It is published
by Stamford – Lake and printed in Singapore.
in 1930 Stanley Kirinde grew up amidst what is seen as the golden
age of modern painting in Sri Lanka. It was a time when Sri Lanka’s
artists were adopting and adapting themselves to the radical new
styles and thinking of contemporary European painting.
and assimilating the lessons of Expressionism and Cubism they sought
to combine this with their own heritage and environment. Whereas
most of these artists came from colonial Ceylon’s westernized
and urbanized bourgeoisie, Kirinde hailed from the rural, traditional
world of the Kandyan highlights. Steeped in the age-old beliefs
and customs of Sinhalese Buddhism, history tradition and ritual
loomed large in the atmosphere in which he grew up, forming a living
part of his artistic inheritance. The world of Stanley Kirinde is
like a mirror which reflects all the different aspects of Sri Lanka;
its Buddhist inheritance, its stunning landscapes, its ancient history,
and its colourful, sometimes stormy contemporary life.
understanding of the latest intellectual and artistic currents is
combined with a great feeling for his country and a special insight
into its heritage and way of life. It is this duality of past and
present which makes his work so unique, rendering it classical and
modern, traditional yet at the same time contemporary. To see Sri
Lanka through Kirinde’s eyes is to dip into a repository of
fact, feeling and folklore, enriched by brilliant colour and enhanced
by exquisite line. Today Stanley Kirinde is the nearest thing that
Sri Lanka has to an official painter. His paintings adorn the walls
of President’s House (Kandy and Colombo), the Foreign Ministry,
the Military Academy and several government and private institutions.
work has been exhibited in Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka, the United
Kingdom and the United States of America and has been purchased
by several foreign museums (the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan, the Singapore
Art Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts). Many of his paintings
are in private collections in Sri Lanka and abroad, including that
of the Prince of Wales.
2000 he was invited by the Government of India to paint a portrait
of the President of India, one of the few foreigners ever to be
asked to paint a likeness of an Indian head of state.