26/52 Sri Lanka – Dulani Kulasinghe


I was introduced to Dulani’s work through her contribution to the Hidden Sussex Anthology. Her piece tells the story of the Chattri, a monument in Brighton to 53 Indian soldiers who died in WWI. In this episode she speaks about her family history, her work and the importance of teaching her daughters about belonging.

Dulani Kulasinghe was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and now lives in Brighton with her family.  She has a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Education from the University of New Mexico, where she wrote her MA dissertation on studying and writing poetry with young children.

While in Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2008, Dulani worked on the Law & Society Trust Annual Report on human rights, and Domains, the scholarly journal of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies.  She also participated in field work in Sri Lanka, writing about human rights and reporting to the UN on human rights abuses related to the ethnic conflict in the country at that time.

In Brighton, Dulani earned a postgraduate diploma in law at the University of Sussex and worked in immigration law in London.  She later co-founded Banyan Tree Theatre Group and helped adapt old and new folktales for children’s theatre, performing in Brighton Fringe, Black History Month and other local events since 2009.

Across teaching, law, activism and theatre making, storytelling has been at the heart of Dulani’s work.

– Writing Our Legacy

More information about the Chattri can be found here and here and through Brighton & Hove Black History.

British Subjects is produced by Anna Rose Kerr.