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Booranga Writers' Centre | Rajith Savanadasa: Writer in Residence

Melbourne author Rajith Savanadasa is the March writer in residence at Booranga Writers’ Centre for 2017. Rajith was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Melbourne. He turned to creative writing in the final year of an engineering degree, which he followed up with the Professional Writing and Editing course at RMIT University.

He was shortlisted for the Asia-Europe Foundation short story prize in 2013, the Fish Publishing short story prize in 2013, received a Wheeler Centre Hotdesk Fellowship in 2014 and was part of the QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program in 2014. Ruins is his debut novel and has recently been longlisted for the ALS Gold Medal for Australian Literature award 2017.

Rajith also runs Open City Stories, an oral history project documenting the lives of a group of asylum seekers in Melbourne.​ ​This project is in partnership with the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council and the City of Darebin. Rajith is currently working on a follow-up to Ruins as well as the next phase of Open City Stories.


Rajith’s residency at Booranga Writers’ Centre will be accompanied by a number of events:

Thursday 23 March, 5.00 to 7.00pm
Public Reading at the Museum of the Riverina – Historic Council Chambers (corner of Morrow and Baylis Streets). All are welcome to this free event, with refreshments provided.
Saturday 25 March, 2.00 to 4.00pm
Writing Workshop at Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive (CSU Wagga).
All are welcome. The workshop if free to members of Wagga Wagga Writers’ Writers Inc. and we request a $5 donation from non-members.


For more information visit the Booranga Writers’ Centre website.