Lucas Stewart is an award winning short story writer, author, editor and literature programmer. He has spent over 20 years living in Africa and Asia including Iraq, Indonesia and Sudan.
He is the author of the political travelogue ‘The People Elsewhere: Unbound Journeys with the Storytellers of Myanmar’ (Penguin/Viking, 2016) which was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing 2018.
He co-edited, with Alfred Birnbaum, ‘Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds’, the first anthology of short stories from Myanmar published in the West and reviewed in a wide range of publications including the Asian Review of Books, the Shanghai Literary Review, the Kyoto Journal (forthcoming, 2018) and others.
His own short stories have been published by Asian Cha, Comma Press and elsewhere and won the inaugural Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction (2018).
A former literature advisor to the British Council in Myanmar from 2011 to 2016, he worked with ethnic minority writers and poets in conflict areas where his essays and reportage, on literary censorship and freedom of expression appeared in numerous publications including English PEN, PEN America, the Asia Literary Review, the Diplomat and the Irrawaddy Journal.
A Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, he is currently working on his first novel, Cheroots.