Pho Kyawt – Librarian to Novelist

Pho Kyawt is an ethnic Rakhine writer, born in Kyaukphyu Township.  He came to Yangon when he was 19 years old, working variously as a librarian and civil servant.  He began to write seriously in 1960, publishing 57 novels mostly based on Arakanese history.  He won a National Literary Award in 1972 for ‘Approaching to Victory’ and the Sarpay Beikmann Award 5 times – 4 times for his novels and once for a collection of short stories.  One novel, ‘I Gave My Life for Thee’ was translated into English and published in 2018.  He currently lives in Yangon.

 

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