Anne Abayasekara: Telling It Like It Is

Telling It Like It Is …. is a compilation of a few of the journalistic writings of Anne Abayasekara.


She was born Annette Aurelia Ameresekere in April 1925. In the field of journalism, she was a Sri Lankan pioneer, entering what was a male dominated profession in the early 1940s. At Lake House, before reaching 22 years of age, she was appointed Editress of the Women’s Pages in the Ceylon Daily News and Sunday Observer, being the only female in the Editorial Department.

In March 1946 she wed Earle Abayasekara, and left Lake House in 1951. Having to raise a large family did not deter her from penning newspaper articles as a free-lance writer. She kept this up from the early 1950s until her death.

Winners of the Lifetime Achievement Awards-Mrs. Anne Abayasekara (seated), ….. Standing (L to R) Rasiah Selvarajah, D. Solomon Ranasinghe, Bandu S. Kodikara, Ajantha Ranasinghe

A consequence of her wide interests meant that her writing covered a variety of topics. Love for Sri Lanka was pre-dominant, having come of age at the dawn of her motherland’s independence. Her later writings were mainly published in the Sunday Times and Lanka Woman, but were also featured in The Island and other publications.

She died on 4th January 2015 after a brief illness.

Earle & Anne Abayasekara

Ranmali Ponnambalam, Anne, Anusha Atukorala, Sarla Williams ….. At gates of their Alma Mater – Ladies’ College, Colombo


Anne Abayasekara’s Sturdy Witness to Our Troubled Times

Meeting Anne Abayasekara and Her World: Reflective Words


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