Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at ILF 2014, Mandalay.

 

Irrawaddy Literary Festival, 20-22 February, 2015

“As Patron of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival, I am looking forward to its third event in 2015. The Festival is providing an important open forum for Burma’s literary talent. Its stimulating mix of gifted writers from overseas and some of our most accomplished Burmese authors, cartoonists, translators and artists, has helped to shine a spotlight on the arts and literature in Burma. The next Festival will strengthen existing bonds and encourage yet more creativity between Burma’s writers and those from many other countries. It is also another opportunity for all those who care about literature to enjoy a world class Festival.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

William Hague 

 “…the Irrawaddy Literary Festival, organised by the Ambassador’s wife [Jane Heyn], achieved more for freedom of speech in one afternoon than most of us manage in a lifetime”.

- Rt Hon William Hague MP, British Foreign Secretary, speech to the FCO Leadership Conference, May, 2013

 

Although Burma has a rich literary tradition, during military rule authors and publishing were stifled by censorship and the ILF, the first ever international literary festival to be held in Burma, has ignited international press and public interest and support.

As the programme of international and local authors for the next ILF comes together, watch a compilation of clips and images from our 2014 Festival in Mandalay.

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival 2015 in Rangoon will be the most vibrant and relevant literary event in south east Asia. 

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No mincing of words in this poem:

"Asses for the Masses"

According to surveys
The masses who have accidentally smashed into fala
Have abandoned their cyclone aid clothes
That do not fit their constitution
The voice of the masses must be heard in the
Implementation of federalism for
The asses of the masses
In the upper regions of Chindwin & Monywa
The cattle of the masses are already pissing
Through a hole in the back of their house
Into the urinal tracks of SEA Games
The opposition who have agreed in principle
To toe the toad in principle says
They will support the bill in earnest
Nationalism is the sixth column
In the genuine XXX union
That will consolidate the asses of the masses
The foundation has not been laid yet
Partly because
The asses of the masses are not firm yet
When a party colludes with another
& blow a rubber
Peter, in the face of the masses,
Becomes a parliamentary erect for the masses
A nail is driven into the thigh of the masses
Another, into their ass.

The Commission for the History of the Asses of the Masses
Has been approved
For the monkeys in musth
In the midst of a storm
The masses who do not know how to react
When the Allies in all grandeur enter them
Simply croon their national anthem
‘The Grandeur’ in unison
No Committee is available to answer
the paramount question from the masses:
How can we fuck your ass back?
The masses are a damaged condom
Between the cliff of cronyism
& the opposition in the establishment
It has become an additional duty
Of the masses who grind their teeth & moan
‘Tough it out. We are simply in the wrong age.’
To tough out the tyranny of the civil society
In all holes of their communities
It’s also an absolute norm for the masses
To step back another line, so
Their country won’t step back
As the good masses, we only know
How to wag our head in approval
As such, in each & each age,
The masses & the asses, the asses & the masses
Are synonymous
I heard, it has always been that way
Since the twilight years
Of the Konbaung Dynasty.

By Maung Phone Myint. Translated by ko ko thett
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ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံသည္ျကြယ္ဝေသာ စာေပအစဥ္အလာရွိခဲ႔ေသာ္လည္း၊ စစ္အုပ္ခ်ဴပ္ေရးေအာက္တြင္ စာေပပညာရွင္မ်ားနွင့္ ထုတ္ေဝသူမ်ားသည္ ဆင္ဆာေၾကာင့္မြန္းက်ပ္ေနခဲ႔ၾကရျပီး၊ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံတြင္ပထမဆံုးက်င္းပေသာ နိုင္ငံတကာစာေပပြဲေတာ္သည္ နိုင္ငံတကာသတင္းဌာနမ်ား၊ ျပည္သူမ်ား၏ စိတ္ဝင္စားမႈ နွင့္ ေထာက္ခံမႈတို႔ကိုရရွိခဲ႔သည္။
ေနာက္ထပ္က်င္းပမည္႔ဧရာဝတီစာေပပြဲေတာ္အတြက္ နိုင္ငံတကာနွင့္ ေဒသခံ စာေပပညာရွင္မ်ား၏ အစီအစဥ္မ်ားကို စုစည္းျပင္ဆင္ေနခ်ိန္တြင္ ၂၀၁၄ခုနွစ္တြင္ မႏၱေလးတြင္က်င္းပခဲ႔ေသာပြဲေတာ္မွ ကလစ္ပ္မ်ားနွင့္ ပံုရိပ္မ်ားကိုၾကည႔္ရႈနိုင္ပါသည္။
၂၀၁၅ခုနွစ္ ရန္ကုန္တြင္က်င္းပမည္႔ ဧရာဝတီစာေပပြဲေတာ္သည္ အေရွ႕ေတာင္အာရွတြင္ အတက္ျကြဆံုးနွင့္ ဆီေလ်ာ္ကိုက္ညီမႈအရွိဆံုးေသာ စာေပပြဲေတာ္ျဖစ္လာပါမည္။
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သံအမတ္ၾကီးရဲ႕ဇနီး (Jane Heyn) ဦးေဆာင္က်င္းပတဲ႔ ဧရာဝတီစာေပပြဲေတာ္ဟာ လြတ္လပ္စြာေျပာဆိုပိုင္ခြင့္နွင့္ပတ္သက္ျပီး ေန႔လည္ခင္းတခုတည္းနွင့္ က်ေနာ္တို႔ တသက္တာေဆာင္ရြက္ေနတာေတထက္ ပိုမုိေအာင္ျမင္ေအာင္လုပ္ေဆာင္နိုင္ခဲ႔ပါတယ္။
ဝီလီယံေဟ႔ဂ္၊ ျဗိတိသွွ်နိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ၾကီး၊ ၂၀၁၃ခုနွစ္ ေမလ တြင္က်င္းပေသာ FCO Leadership Conference တြင္ေျပာခဲ႔ေသာမိန္႔ခြန္းမွ
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ဧရာဝတီစာေပပြဲေတာ္၊ ၂၀၁၅ခုနွစ္ ေဖေဖၚဝါရီလ ၂၀ - ၂၂
ဧရာဝတီစာေပပြဲေတာ္ရဲ႕ နာယကတေယာက္အေနနဲ႔၊ ၂၀၁၅ မွာက်င္းပမယ္႔ တတိယအၾကီမ္ေျမာက္ပြဲေတာ္ကို လည္း ေမွွ်ာ္လင့္ထားပါတယ္။ ဒီပြဲေတာ္ဟာ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွ စာေပပညာရွင္မ်ားအတြက္ အေရးပါတဲ႕ ပြင့္လင္းေသာ ေဆြးေႏြးမႈတခုကိုဖန္တီးေပးပါတယ္။ နုိင္ငံတကာမွ ပါရမီရွင္စာေရးဆရာမ်ားနွင့္ က်မတို႔ရဲ႕ အခ်ိဴ႕ေသာ အေအာင္ျမင္ဆံုး စာေရးဆရာမ်ား၊ ကာတြန္းပညာရွင္မ်ား၊ ဘာသာျပန္သူမ်ား၊ အနုပညာရွင္မ်ား တို႔ရဲ႕ စိတ္ဝင္စားဖြယ္ေကာင္းတဲ႔ပူးေပါင္းမႈဟာ ျမန္မာ႔စာေပနွင့္ အနုပညာကို မီးေမာင္းထိုးျပနိုင္ခဲ႔ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ပြဲေတာ္ဟာလည္း ဒီရွိနွင့္ေနတဲ႔ စုစည္းမူေတကိုပိုမိုခိုင္ျမဲေစမွာျဖစ္ျပီး၊ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွ စာေပပညာရွင္မ်ားနွင့္ အျခားနိုင္ငံမ်ားမွ စာေပပညာရွင္မ်ားအၾကား ဖန္တီးမႈေတကို ပိုမိုအားေပးနိုင္မွာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ စာေပခ်စ္ျမတ္နိုးသူေတအားလံုးအတြက္ ကမၻာ႔အဆင့္ပြဲေတာ္တခုကို ဆင္ႏြဲနိုင္မယ္႔ ေနာက္ထပ္အခြင့္အလမ္းတခုလည္းျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္
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This is a new one for me: a poem that's a "found object," an actual report of an electrocution of a draft bullock by Ko Lwin (Swa) in a news journal (16 July, 2014).

Bullock Electrocuted by a Dove on the Line

The monsoon season sees
Frequent reports of electrocutions …

At 4:50 pm on July 14,
In Yedashe Township,
Near Swa Toll Gate
A dove resting
On an 11 Kilovolt power line
Brought two power lines in contact.
A draft bullock rubbing
Against the pylon underneath
Was electrocuted.

‘‘My theory is that the dove,
While perched on the power line,
Must have sharpened its beak on the line.
This must have brought two lines together,
Which resulted in an electric shock.
It so happened that a bullock was
Rubbing itself against
The pylon right under those power lines.
Now the bullock is dead.’’
Commented an employee of
Myanmar Electrical Power Enterprise

-- By Htein Lin. Translated by Ko Ko thett & Vicky Bowman.
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Bloombergဟာ ကၽြႏု္ပ္တို႔အတြက္ စိတ္လႈပ္ရွားေနပါတယ္။ ေအာက္ပါလင့္ခ္မွာ ေဆာင္းပါး အသစ္ဖတ္ရွဳႏုိင္ပါတယ္။ www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-03/the-written-word-finds-festival-joy-in-exotic-asian-locales.html
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္နာယကအျဖစ္ ဦးစီးဦးေဆာင္က်င္းပတဲ့ ဧရာဝတီစာေပပြဲေတာ္ က်င္းပ ရာေနရာဟာ သြားေရးလာေရးခက္ခဲေပမဲ့ လာေရာက္ၾကည့္ရွဳသင့္တဲ့ပြဲျဖစ္ တာေၾကာင့္ လာေရာက္ဖို႔ဖိတ္ေခၚအပ္ပါတယ္။ ေဆာင္းပါးမ်ားထဲမွ ေနာက္ထပ္ထုတ္ေဝမဲ့ေဆာင္းပါးက Ian McEwan... နဲ႔ Craig Raineတို႔ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ေနာက္ကေန ပံ့ပိုးေပးၾကတဲ့ #Bloomberg နဲ႔ @RinaChandranတို႔ကို ေက်းဇူတင္ပါတယ္။

Bloomberg is excited about us! Read their new article: www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-03/the-written-word-finds-festival-joy-in-exotic-asian-locales.html

"For a venue even more off the beaten track, try Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Literary Festival, where Aung San Suu Kyi is the patron. The next edition will feature Ian McEwan... and Craig Raine, among others."

Thank you #Bloomberg and @RinaChandran for featuring us!
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