About the Write to Reconcile Project
Write to Reconcile was inaugurated in December of 2012 by Shyam Selvadurai, in conjunction with the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka (NPC). It is funded by the American Centre and the Norwegian Embassy. The project brought together emerging Sri Lankan writers who were interested in writing fiction, memoir or poetry in English on the issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, memory and trauma, as they related to Sri Lanka’s civil war and the postwar period. During each of the 3 years of the project, these emerging writers, under the guidance of Shyam Selvadurai, honed their craft of writing over the course of a residential workshop and two online forums. The work they produced was published in three anthologies—Write to Reconcile, Write to Reconcile II and Write to Reconcile III. The fiction, memoir and poetry in the anthologies shows a diversity of cultural, ethnic and geographical points of view on the civil war and its aftermath, as well as a wide range of styles and genres. Two thousand copies of each anthology were mailed to libraries and schools across the country and can be downloaded from the Anthologies section below.
The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka (NPC) is an independent and impartial national non-governmental organization. Its mission is to work in partnership with different target groups to educate, mobilize and advocate to build a society of rights conscious citizens and a political culture that enables a political solution to the ethnic conflict and equal opportunities to all.