January 16, 2021

KITAAB

Connecting Asian writers with global readers

Yangon literature fest aims to overcome culture of one-way lecture

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Writer Ma Thida. (Thiri Lu/The Myanmar Times)
Writer Ma Thida. (Thiri Lu/The Myanmar Times)

In 2009, writer Ma Thida attended Brown University in the United States as a fellow of the International Writers Project.

During her stay the university organised an event called There Will Still Be Light: A Freedom to Write Literary Festival, and declared their plans to invite Bengali writer Amitav Ghosh, author of the novel The Glass Palace.

Ma Thida suggested that well-known Myanmar novelist Nay Win Myint also be invited, but when the organisers tried to find information about the writer on the internet they came up empty. There was simply no information about Nay Win Myint that had been posted online in the English language.

This was despite the fact that in his home country he had published nearly 200 short stories, as well as novels, travelogues, translations and more. He had also won the National Literary Prize in 2007.

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