I am Sharmini Jayawardena, founder/writer/editor/poet @
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, with experience in advertising copy-writing with Minds Bozell Pvt. Ltd.
My passion to bring out a magazine together with other writers and artistes took off the ground finally, and here I am?
I have the following books published to my credit:
Wet Paint, (a Collection of poems), Minerva Press, London.1998. ISBN 1-85863-872-0
Encryption a Novella. Self published in Malaysia. 2012. ISBN 978 – 967 – 11427 – 0 – 7
ebooks and e-publications of these and other work of mine are in the pipeline.
I was editor of Options, the journal of the Women and Media Collective, based in Sri Lanka, and founder/editor of the Kelaniya University’s magazine, BLINK, which continues to be in publication.
My work is published in other publications including reviews by writers on my own work, in journals, newspapers, TV and radio.
I managed my own dehydrated fruit and vegetable company prior to having taken ill in 2008.
Cooking, baking, growing and tending plants, making fairy dwellings and miniature fairy items, watching movies, taking pix, reading, writing and most of all taking a listen to radio music, are my fave pastimes.
Sunari Sooriaarratchi is our creative consultant, with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from University of Monash, Melbourne, Australia, under her belt.
She is artist/illustrator/writer/photographer @
Sunari is experienced and talented in numerous areas such as creative writing, music, singing, acting, radio, TV, including working as an advertising copywriter at Rethink, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and at Saatchi and Saatchi, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
With all of her many talents, Sunari being a powerhouse of potential and energy, is as her former boss put it: “A True Asset”!
Sunari is presently, curator at
#14, Raglan Street,
Sumiitra Sooriaarratchi, writer/illustrator/photographer for www.leafblogazine.com
is our in house web developer. He holds a Bachelor of IT (AI), from the Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia.
Sumitra has varied experiences in banking and financial instruments.
He played rhythm guitar with the band Skies Are Red, a Malaysian rock band and is a fervent fan of rock music. An environmentalist, he is a political animal, among other matters!
Sumitra speaks Mandrin Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Vietnamese, Sinhala and Thai apart from being literate in the English language.
In addition he is a painter. His success in doing his own business painting T-shirts for rock bands in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is noteworthy.
He’s a sports person, being primarily a basketball player, and also loves to cook.
Sumitra and Sunari are responsible for
coming into fruition just as much as I did.
Our other contributors –
Rudham Gammampila – While working for his family’s company as an accountant in Melbourne, Australia, is an ardent sports eficianado, golf and cricket being his fortes.
Pham Thi Diem Thu (Athu), is a home cook par excellence whipping up all sorts of delightful dishes in the Leaf kitchen, Vietnamese cuisine being her specialty.
Vincent Poturica is associate professor of English at Mendocino College, Ukiah California, U.S.A.
A professional photographer, Prakash Daniel, works with the Star Newspaper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Zita Y Chen is a banker and an amateur photographer from China.
So there you go, ourselves in a nutshell.