Welcome to the Creative Writing Journal IRIS - The SIBA Forum for Creative Writers

It gives me immense pleasure to write this editorial for Iris Volume IV. Over a few years we have grown visibly. The contribution, the students have made towards this volume is ample proof of the successfulness of the journal. The poetry has gained in both breadth and depth. More poets have been created. Prose has gained in diversity. We have managed to get articles from internationally reputed creative writers, university academics from local universities, and other professionals who were so generous as to share their writing with the 4th volume of IRIS – SIBA Forum for Creative Writers. The editorial board has to be commended once again for sustaining the enthusiasm of the students; the lecturers of the Department of English & Modern Languages have inspired their students to produce work of quality. Iris, the all-seeing orb has opened the doors for observing, dissecting and analyzing human experiences. Let us keep going with what has been achieved and strive to be better in the future.

Previous Volumes

A 'Routine' Interview

A Sick Reader

A Visit to the plains of freshness

Against the Devil on the Move

Butterfly Mountain

Desiree's Baby An Analysis

Gift of God

Internet as a Learning Tool

Leaving

Mirrowall

Much Ado About a Cup of Soup

My Kandy Nilame

Oh Destiny

Oh Mother Nature

On the Way Home

Once upon a time…

Only for You

Poetic Healing of Relationships

Sophia, My Robot Wife!

THE LITTLE LAMB

The Revenge

The Road to village

Traditional Examination System

Unplanned Family Trip

Waiting

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Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

Ms. Kamala Wijeratne

Editors and Proofreaders:

Ms. Ruvini Wickramaratne

Ms Buddhi Ariyaratne

Ms. Manel Abeygunawardena

Ms. Anuthzara Wickramasinghe

Ms. Narmada Obeysekera

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Rector's Message

I congratulate the staff of the department of English & Modern Languages of SIBA Campus on the issue of IRIS volume II. IRIS is the SIBA forum for creative writers. It offers a top-notch platform for creative writers to display their writing skills and hone their creative competencies. The department of English & Modern Languages of SIBA does not promote conventional language teaching. Our mission is to promote English language learning for communicative purposes. As we know, today, Commercial, industrial and service sectors are in the dire need of creative people and good communicators. As such, IRIS is yet another step towards producing graduates with creative thoughts and excellent communication skills. Though SIBA is relatively a small university college, we have a clear vision of rendering quality education for the 21st century.

I am happy to see that IRIS has produced a bunch of enthusiastic writers who show high potentials of becoming full-fledged poets, short story writers and essayists in the future. I take this opportunity to thank the editor-in-chief, the award winning, veteran writer Ms. Kamala Wijerathne for her efforts to fine tune the creative capacities of our writers by conducting creative writing workshops. I also thank the members of the academic staff of the department of English & Modern Languages headed by Ms. Buddhi Ariyratne for bringing forth the second volume of IRIS Volume 2, despite the hindrances caused by the epidemic situation in the country. All the writers who contributed to the second volume of IRIS deserve acknowledgement, too. The encouraging hand given by many others who supported in many ways to make IRIS volume 2 a reality is much appreciated.