Sadaik

Sadaik

A sadaik is a wooden chest, bound in lacquer and used for centuries in Myanmar, both in monasteries and the Royal court, to hold palm-leaf manuscripts – sermons, poetry, prayers, orders. This sadaik is a hybrid site. It’s a place for my work as a writer, my books, articles, news, etc but it’s also a dedication to literature of Myanmar, a place we have lived for many years.

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Year of Asian Reading Challenge

Year of Asian Reading Challenge

Since I started Sadaik back in 2012, it’s always been about one thing.  To promote literature in English translation from a country that had objectively suffered from the longest, state sanction literary censorship regime seen in the world since World War 2 other than North Korea … 

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Free E-book of Short Stories from Myanmar

The e-book of the Hidden Word, Hidden Worlds anthology is finally here!!

In 2012 the British Council sought to take advantage of new freedoms in literature and travel through a programme of workshops. The aim of the five-year literature programme in Myanmar was to give a voice to unheard and aspiring writers from the ethnic states …

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Call for Translators – Burmese to English Short Fiction

Call for Translators – Burmese to English Short Fiction

This is a fantastic, paid, opportunity for Burmese to English literary translators to work on a new collection of short stories from Myanmar.  I have copied the announcement below from the collection’s editor, Alfred Birnbaum, but am wary of putting his private email contact address publicly.  So if anyone is interested please just use the contact form on Sadaik and I will pass you onto Alfred …

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Yezet – A New Collection of Burmese Short Stories in Translation

Yezet – A New Collection of Burmese Short Stories in Translation

A few months ago I made a brief post on the recipients of this year’s English PEN translation award winners, one of which was the successful funding of a new collection of short stories from Burma, edited by Alfred Birnbaum and to be published by Strangers Press in the UK …

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Northern Short Story Festival

Northern Short Story Festival

Had a great weekend in Leeds at the Northern Short Story festival, where Uschi Gatward, SJ Bradley and I read from our stories in the Resist: Stories of Uprising anthology.  It was lovely to be able to talk to a full room about the stories, the process and the importance of such stories in the current political climate in the UK …

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Hidden Words Reviewed by Ko Ko Thett

Hidden Words Reviewed by Ko Ko Thett

Very grateful to Ko Ko Thett for a thoughtful and detailed review of the Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds anthology:

‘The book should serve as a first stop in English for anyone who would like to traverse the complex literary landscapes of Myanmar. Isn’t it ironic that stories from the ethnic languages, which have long been suppressed, have now been re-written in the languages of their erstwhile oppressors? As far as I am concerned, this kind of irony is most welcome.’

To read the rest of the review, please visit The Shanghai Literary Review

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Burma Series at Hatchards Bookstore

Burma Series at Hatchards Bookstore

Britain’s oldest bookshop, Hatchards, is holding a series of talks on Burma from the 19th to 21st March 2019.

The series kicks off with a panel session on ‘Surviving Dictatorship in Burma’ with writer Dr Ma Thida (Sanchaung), poet Ko Ko Thett, filmmaker Daw Khin Mar Mar Kyi and Vicky Bowman

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Northern Short Story Festival

Northern Short Story Festival

I will be appearing at the Northern Short Story Festival in Leeds, UK on Saturday June 1st to launch Resist: Stories of Uprising along with Uschi Gatward, SJ Bradley and Jude Brown.  The anthology, out by Comma Press, is a collection of 20 stories reimagining key moments of protest throughout British history and includes my contribution on the ‘95 to ‘98 dockers dispute in Liverpool …

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Why I Almost Gave Up On Sadaik

Why I Almost Gave Up On Sadaik

Sadaik has been running for nearly 7 years now, since before the end of pre-publication censorship in Aug 2012 and the dismantling of the PRSD in January 2013.  Every couple of years, I seem to go a bit flat, as if unsure there is any point in continuing with the site.  In 2014 I took a hiatus, mainly due to the frustration of trying to upload posts on an internet connection that kept cutting out.  When we moved to Africa I took another break, thinking I would be unable to keep up with the writers so far away …

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Rohingya in Modern Fiction

Rohingya in Modern Fiction

The Rohingya crisis has produced a number of recent non-fiction works most notably, Francis Wades much reviewed ‘Myanmar’s Enemy Within‘ and Azeem Ibrahim’s earlier work ‘The Rohingya’s: Inside Myanmar’s Genocide‘ while long time Myanmar based journalist Poppy McPherson will have own take on the crisis out this year from I.B Tauris in the UK …

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UK Fellowship for Myanmar Literary (and other creative industries) Professionals

UK Fellowship for Myanmar Literary (and other creative industries) Professionals

Goldsmiths University of London in association with the Charles Wallace Burma Trust is inviting applications from Creative and Cultural mid-career practitioners and academics from Myanmar for a 3 month (September to December) Fellowship in London …

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Hidden Words Review from the Tea Circle

Hidden Words Review from the Tea Circle

Many thanks to Richard Roewer and the Tea Circle for a generously balanced and thoughtful review of the Hidden Words anthology.

‘… the diversity of the authors is one of the book’s greatest features. There is something extremely refreshing about a publication that did not select authors based on their reputation (some are first time writers) or based on how economical the translation of their stories would be, but rather on the basis of each story’s ability to open a door to new perspectives.’

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Review: Hidden Words Anthology

Review: Hidden Words Anthology

Many thanks to T F Rhoden and the Asia Review of Books for a very kind review of the Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds anthology.

Fascinating and smart, the eclectic collection of short stories found in Hidden Words Hidden Worlds: Contemporary Short Stories from Myanmar is recommended as much for its ability to serve as a primer on the ethnic diversity of Myanmar as it is for the enjoyableness of the stories.

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Tun Foundation Literary Awards

Tun Foundation Literary Awards

The annual Tun Foundation awards are one of Myanmar’s more important, independent literary prizes.  Created out of a private fund from the founders of the Tun banking family, it recognises books and manuscripts written in Burmese and English in 12 categories including History, Biography, Culture and Environment plus a lifetime achievement award … 

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DA Prize for Short Fiction

DA Prize for Short Fiction

Really pleased to say that I have been shortlisted for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.  Run by award-winning short story publishers Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire, the DA prize is in its first year and remembers writer (and Comma Press director) Dinesh Allirajah who passed away in 2014.  The winner and two runner ups will be announced on the 8th May.  For more on the prize and shortlisted writers have a look at Comma Press’ website.

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Scholarship Opportunity for MA in Literary Translation

Scholarship Opportunity for MA in Literary Translation

Here is a great opportunity for anyone in Myanmar who wants to study creative industries in the UK in 2018/2019.  Prospect Burma and the University of East Anglia is offering two fully funded scholarships to pursue a Masters in Literary Translation or a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies … 

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Asia Literary Review featuring Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds

Asia Literary Review featuring Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds

The Asia Literary Review is the leading literary journal for Asian connected literature and writers.  This month they have produced a stellar edition with a focus on Myanmar including a chapter from Francis Wade’s new book, Myanmar’s Enemy Within and a very generous feature of four of the stories from Hidden Words Hidden Worlds: Contemporary Short Stories from Myanmar

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