The Persecution Of The Poet

Ahnaf Jazeem and I are communicating through a translator. He speaks and writes in Tamil, and I do neither, but I’m listening hard to how he answers my questions. Slow and guarded when I ask about the time he spent in detainment, steady and rehearsed when rehashing the circumstances surrounding his arrest, quick and impassioned when I ask about poetry, politics or his perspective on the circumstances this country has found itself in.


Artist In Exile: Aubrey Collette

Cresside Collette grew up in Australia, far removed from the world of her father, Aubrey Collette, a renowned Ceylonese political cartoonist and artist, who was a founding member of the country’s ’43 Group. Forced to leave Ceylon in 1961 due to increasing hostility towards his political cartoons, Collette lived the rest of his life in Australia, where he died in 1992.

Despite an impressive career, the exile from Sri Lanka left Collette “heartbroken”. The talent, learned artistry and political voice of his cartoons captured a pivotal moment in the country’s early history — and nobody knows how much more he would have added to his legacy, if he didn’t have to leave when he did.

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