With only 48 hours left until the festival begins, the final programme schedule has come out, revealing a few extras not previously mentioned, such as:
- British Council workshops on how parents can encourage their children to read and write at home – Saturday and Sunday at 9.30 to 10.20 and repeated at 4.30 to 5.20.
- A children’s area with competitions and activities on the veranda outside the Exhibition Room.
A quick look at the ticket sales and it seems that, unsurprisingly, the Saturday will be the most popular day. If you haven’t already bought a ticket, best do it now (the BC ran out of Saturday tickets twice this week.)
My picks for the stand out sessions this weekend:
Poetry:Bones will Crow and other works: Ko Ko Thett, Zeyar Lynn and James Byrne – 10.30am in the Ballroom
Translation and Adaption: Tsan Linn Htun and Lay Ko Tin – 11.30 in the Ruby Room
Writing under Censorship: Timothy Garton-Ash and Zarganar – 3.30pm in the Ballroom
ASSK in conversation Dr U Thaw Kaung: 2.30pm in the Ballroom
The Writer’s Character: Ye Shan and Thin Yee – 4.30pm in the Exhibition Room
Desert Island Literature: ASSK, Vikram Seth, Jung Chang and William Dalrymple – 5.30pm in the Ballroom
The Road Map: Ma Thida and Myo Myint Nyein – 11.30am in the Ballroom
Writer’s and their Creations: Mu Mu and Su Thae Mon – 12.30pm in the Ruby Room A
Burma/Myanmar, the Crossroads of East and West: Thant Myint U and Akash Kapur – 2.30pm in the Ruby Room B