The first anthology of short stories from Myanmar published in the UK was successfully launched this month. Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds: Contemporary Short Stories from Myanmar features 14 stories originally written in Burmese and 7 ethnic languages and translated into English by the British Council …
Writer and former political prisoner Letyar Tun was invited from Myanmar to promote the collection at several venue across the country as part of a multi-city tour, which included London, Birmingham and Norwich.
The first launch was held on November 8th at Asia House in London, with a panel session on Myanmar literature moderated by author Phillip Kim with Fiona Ledger from BBC Media Action and anthology contributor Letyar Tun.
The third event saw Letyar Tun read from his story at a packed out Book Hive in Norwich on the 13th January.
It was a fantastic week which saw a rare opportunity for story lovers to listen and speak to a Myanmar writer. Letyar Tun himself was able to meet with writers, publishers and associations across the country as part of his visit, thanks to the support of several organisations including Bagri Foundation, Asia Literary Review, Writing West Midlands and the Writers Centre Norwich.