10 minutes with Romesh Gunesekera

10×10 is a series of 10 minute podcasts with presenter and journalist Rosie Goldsmith commissioned and originally published by the Commonwealth Writers. In each podcast Rosie spends 10 minutes talking to authors from five different parts of the world.

The podcasts include Margaret Atwood from Canada, Jamaica’s Lorna Goodison, Welsh Fflur Dafydd and Kenya’s Binyavanga Wainaina. Each podcast features an interview with the author about their life, writing and motivation as well as a reading from their work.

Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Britain in the early 1970s. His first novel ‘Reef’ (1994) was short-listed for the 1994 Booker Prize and received the Premio Mondello Five Continents Asia award. ‘The Sandglass’ (1998), received BBC’s inaugural Asia Award and ‘Heaven’s Edge’ (2002), like his collection of stories, ‘Monkfish Moon’ (1992), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A new collection of stories set in post-war Sri Lanka, ‘Noontide Toll’ was released in 2014. Romesh is the Chair of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Listen to the podcast with Romesh Gunesekera.

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