Literature Development Weekend

Literature Development Weekend

Nay Pyone Latt, the blogger, short story writer and activist, leaned forward in his chair and asked, “but why would i want to promote my work?”.  Patrick Neate, the Whitbread Award winning novelist and man behind the global BookSlam events, paused for a moment, clearly puzzled by a comment that perhaps explains a lot about the state of literature in Burma …

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Missed Opportunities

Missed Opportunities

Myanmar Times – ‎Feb 12, 2013‎

I missed this article when it came out last Monday – thanks Google News – and it makes for an interesting read.  In opposition to recent Western media articles, the author Zonn Pan Pwint, correctly picks out the ‘missed opportunities’ that befell the festival among the hype and premature jubilation of free speech, censorship and Daw Suu mingling with Western authors.  “Missed opportunities’ that the Burmese writers themselves keenly felt, such as the lack of translators …

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Irrawaddy Literary Festival – Day 3

Irrawaddy Literary Festival – Day 3

And so it ends.  Day three started pretty much the same as day two, sorting out equipment for the morning workshop.  The C.S.I volunteers in the room were great as usual.  In fact, the volunteers, all 70 of them, from Moe Moe Soe’s Civic Society Group have been fantastic all weekend.  Without them, this festival would have crumbled around Jane’s ears.  Lets see if there is any appreciation for these people in the forthcoming interviews with the organisers …

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Irrawaddy Literary Festival – Day 1

Irrawaddy Literary Festival – Day 1

And so it begins.  Since the first press release back in September and the subsequent months of meetings, planning and preparation by the entire British Diplomatic team in Burma – I would be interested to see how they convinced the Foreign Office in London that the hundreds of man hours they spent on this festival is covered under their econ-political remit – Burma’s first international, English Language, literary festival is under way …

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MISSING LIVES

MISSING LIVES

MISSING LIVES by Nick Danzinger and Rory MacLean

Photojournalist Nick Danziger and writer Rory MacLean, in Burma at the invitation of the British Council for a photography and writing workshop, are presenting an illustrated talk at the British Council library on their photographic exhibition and book on the thousand of civilians who went missing during the war in Yugoslavia …

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Irrawaddy Lit Festival Update

Irrawaddy Lit Festival Update

The festival is only two weeks away now and I have been lucky to see a preview of the draft schedule.  Of course, nothing is set in stone until the day arrives, but If you are familiar with the lay out of the Inya Lake hotel then you wont be surprised to know that the Ballroom is planned to feature all the top international authors; William Dalrymple, Tom Maschler, Vikram Seth, Jung Chang and Fergal Keane …

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Di Morrisey – Another Novel on Burma

Di Morrisey – Another Novel on Burma

Okay, so I’m trying not to post long comments at Sadaik as the main reason for the blog is simply to provide information and news concerning literature in Burma and, well, my thoughts aren’t that important really.  Sometimes though, I cant help myself and Di Morrisey’s new book ‘The Golden Land’ got my knickers in a right twist …

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Writing Tours in Burma

Writing Tours in Burma

It’s interesting, how, despite the 300 plus political prisoners still in jail, the ‘turn a blind eye, let’s pretend it’s not happening’ war in Kachin, the phosphorus burning of monks and oh yeah, that Rakhine thing, the lifting of economic sanctions have convinced us foreigners that all is good and democratic in the land of golden temples …

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Bones Will Crow – Burmese Poetry

Bones Will Crow – Burmese Poetry

This is the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison. The poems include global references from a culture in which foreign books and the internet are regarded with suspicion and where censorship is an industry. The poets have been ingenious in their use of metaphor to escape surveillance and censorship, writing post-modern, avant-garde, performance and online poetries …

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Irrawaddy Literature Festival 2013

Irrawaddy Literature Festival 2013

I am delighted to lend my support and personal participation to this first Irrawaddy Literary Festival. Literature has always been a big part of my life and I hope this festival, which brings together some of the finest talent from Burma, the UK and elsewhere will encourage more people to explore the world of literature and further their understanding of the English language

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