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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Sadaik Short Reviews: Selected Myanmar Short Stories

Sadaik Short Reviews: Selected Myanmar Short Stories

Despite being a decade old, still the best English language collection of short stories from Myanmar available.  Featuring over 20 celebrated writers including Journal Kyaw Ma Ma Lay, Nyi Pyu Lay, U Pe Myint, Khet Ma, Ma Sandar and Ma Ju among others.  Ma Thanegi’s translation, as usual, is pitch perfect with each story accompanied by a colour illustration.

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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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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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