The People Elsewhere

My debut narrative non-fiction.  An unconventional literary travelogue, following my search for censored and forgotten writers, poets and publishers across the conflict states of Myanmar from 2011 to 2016.

*shortlisted for the 2018 Saroyan International Prize for Writing.


‘Lucas Stewart’s book is an exquisite map of the many literatures of Myanmar … it braids travel, history and literary criticism in a most ingenious way …’ (Chandrahas Choudhury, Author of Clouds)

‘The People Elsewhere is a vigorous and compelling travel parable.  More importantly, it’s the story we have been waiting to read about Myanmar’ (James Byrne, Co-editor of Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets)

‘Lucas Stewart’s journey across Myanmar offers a fascinating insight and a rare glimpse of life through its storytellers …’  (Nick Danziger, Photojournalist and Author of Danziger’s Travels)


The print edition can be found in all good bookshops in the Asia-Pacific region (China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, etc), while the e-book can be bough in the UK and US from Amazon

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