Philip Michael Ondaatje, is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and poet. As one of his achievements, he won the Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient. Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. In his astounding career, Odaatje published 13 Books of poetry and won several awards spanning 30 years. One of which was the Governor General's award for the collected works of Billy The Kid (1970).

Ondaatje's work includes fiction, autobiography, poetry and film. The English Patient(1992), won the Booker prize, the Canada Australia prize, and the Governor Generals award.

The collected works of "Billy The Kid", "Coming Through Slaughter" and "Divisadero" has been adapted for the stage and produced in the theatrical productions across North America and Europe. In addition to "The English Patient II". Ondaatje's films include a documentary on fellow poet B.P. Nichol, Sons Of Captain Poetry, and The Clinton Special: A Film About The Farm Show, which chronicles a collaborative theatre experience led in 1971 by Paul Thompson of Theatre Passe Muraille. In 2002, Ondaatje published a non-fiction book, "The Conversations" Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, which won special recognition at the 2003 American Cinema Editors Award, as well as a Kraszna-Kausz Book Award for best book of the year On The Moving Image.

Ondaatje took a public stand and withdrew from an award in the wake of the fatal shooting attacks on the magazines Paris offices in January 2015.

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