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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Writer Profile: Yu Ya

Writer Profile: Yu Ya

Yu Ya (1987) is the youngest scion of one of Myanmar’s most famous literary families.  The only woman in Myanmar to hold both a BA and MA in creative writing, she has won awards in interstate poetry competitions at township and state level.  She has published over 40 short stories, poems and essays for several of the leading literary journals in Myanmar including Shwe Amyutae, Thouk Kyar, Yati and Padouk Pwint Thit.  She currently works for BBC Media Action contributing to radio dramas on social and community issues.

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writer Profile: Sayar Lay Ko Tin

writer Profile: Sayar Lay Ko Tin

Sayar Lay Ko Tin (b.1947) is a writer, editor and translator.  Born in Yangon in 1947 he has spent 14 years in prison in the 1960’s, 70’s and 90’s for his political activities.  His first poem was published in 1985 in Sabei Phyu magazine and he has since gone on to publish 15 books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including …

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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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Writer profile: Saw Lambert

Writer profile: Saw Lambert

Saw Lambert (1941- 2015) was born in a small village in Karen State close to the Thailand border.  As a teenager he boarded in the nearest high-school, forty miles away, and later graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Mawlamyine University in Mon State.  Having been denied permission by the Socialist Government to study bookbinding in the UK …

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Writer profile: Sai San Pyae

Writer profile: Sai San Pyae

Sai San Pyae (1991) is an ethnic Shan writer born in the northern town of Lashio, Shan State.  He graduated with a B.E (Mechanical) degree in 2013 from Lashio University of Information and Technology.  He currently works as a Basic Computer tutor at the Kham Ku Centre, a Shan youth community organisation housed in the grounds of the Shan Culture and Literature Association …

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Writer Profile: Green Maung

Writer Profile: Green Maung

Myint Win Hlaing (1981) is an ethnic Rakhine writer and teacher born in Pan Ni La village, Rakhine State.  He is a leading member of an influential Rakhine literature circle organising talks and live literature events for his remote community.  He has published short stories both in Burmese in Shwe Amyutae and Yote Shin Tay Kabyar magazines and in Rakhine language in Rakhine Journal.  He writes under the pen name Green Maung.

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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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Writer Profile: Ah Phyu Yaung (shwe)

Writer Profile: Ah Phyu Yaung (shwe)

Ah Phyu Yaung (shwe) aka White Gold (b.1973) is a short story writer and businesswoman. Her first published story appeared in the widely respected Shwe Amyutae Magazine under her pseudonym ‘Ah Phyu Yaung’.  Later, she was bestowed the suffix (shwe) to her pen name as a mark of respect from the editorial board of Shwe Amyutae …

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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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