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Development Fiction

Exploring 'development' through all things fiction

Development short story – The Interview

The Institute of Development Studies of UK held a short story competition for its students, staff, members and research partners, to encourage fiction writing on development. The event was held as part of its 50th anniversary. My story won the second prize. It is titled, The Interview. You can read the story here, on the The Guardian’s Global Development website, or on the IDS website.

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Harry Potter at 20

“Here lies Dobby, a free elf”

– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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‘Testimony and Trauma in Sri Lanka’s War Narratives’ In Cakirtas, O. (ed)

Senaratne, M (2017) ‘Testimony and Trauma in Sri Lanka’s War Narratives’ In Cakirtas, O. (ed) Ideological Messaging and the Role of Political Literature, IGI Global, 1-317, doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2391-8 Continue reading “‘Testimony and Trauma in Sri Lanka’s War Narratives’ In Cakirtas, O. (ed)”

‘The Transition from MDGs to SDGs: Rethinking Buzzwords’ In Servaes, J. (ed)

Senaratne, M. (2017) ‘The Transition from MDGs to SDGs: Rethinking Buzzwords’ In Servaes, J. (ed) Sustainable Development Goals in the Asian Context, Singapore: Springer  Continue reading “‘The Transition from MDGs to SDGs: Rethinking Buzzwords’ In Servaes, J. (ed)”

Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife” Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice”

Why we still need to write about polio

Growing up, I remember a young woman, who lived down our lane, walking with a limp on her leg. I gradually learnt that this was as a result of polio, where one of her legs were shorter than the other, and that she had contracted the virus at a young age. I came to understand polio this way. But, that is all I knew about the virus.

Polio is rare. In fact, it is close to extinction, and this is seen in the numbers. Continue reading “Why we still need to write about polio”

To Kill a Mockingbird

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
of things unknown, but longed for still,
and his tune is heard on the distant hill,
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Wuthering Heights

“Terror made me cruel”

Emily Brontë, 1847

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‘Greenland is melting’

“It was a lovely and oddly cheerful sight, the graveyard overlooking the ice.”

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