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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တတိယအႀကိမ္ ဧရာ၀တီစာေပပဲြေတာ္ (၂၀၁၅)တြင္ နိုင္ငံတကာမွ စာေရးဆရာမ်ား တက္ေရာက္မည့္သတင္း ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ ့တြင္ ၂၀၁၅ ခုႏွစ္ ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီလ ၂၀ ရက္မွ ၂၂ ရက္အထိက်င္းပမည့္ တတိယအႀကိမ္ ဧရာ၀တီစာေပပဲြေတာ္သို ့Man Booker Prize စာေပဆုရွင္ အိုင္ယာလန္လူမ်ိဳးစာေရးဆရာ အဲန္းအင္းရိုက္ (Anne Enright)တက္ေရာက္မည့္အေၾကာင္း ယေန ့ထုတ္ျပန္ ေၾကညာခဲ့ပါသည္။
အလားတူ Man Booker Prize စာေပဆုရွင္မ်ားျဖစ္ၾကေသာ အီယံမက္အီ၀င္ (Ian McEwan) ႏွင့္ ဂ်ဴလီယံဘန္းစ္ (Julian Barnes) တို ့သည္ ထင္ရွားေက်ာ္ၾကားေသာ နိုင္ငံတကာႏွင့္ ျမန္မာစာေပပညာရွင္ မ်ားႏွင့္အတူ ဤပဲြေတာ္သို ့တက္ေရာက္မည့္ အေၾကာင္း ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ ဇူလိုင္လအတြင္းက ကတိျပဳခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။
ဒုတိယအႀကိမ္္ဧရာ၀တီစာေပပဲြေတာ္ကို ၿပီးခဲ့ေသာေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီလအတြင္းက မႏၱေလးၿမိဳ ့တြင္ ေအာင္ျမင္စြာက်င္းပခဲ့ၿပီးေနာက္ ယခုအႀကိမ္ကို ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ ့တြင္ မၾကာမီဖြင့္လွစ္ေတာ့မည့္ ႏိုဗိုတယ္ရန္ကုန္ မက္စ္ဟိုတယ္ (Novotel Yangon Max Hotel)၌ က်င္းပသြား နိုင္ရန္စီစဥ္ လွ်က္ရွိပါသည္။
ဧရာ၀တီစာေပပဲြေတာ္၏ ညႊန္ၾကားေရးမွဴး ဂ်ိန္းဟိန္း (Jane Heyn) က “အဂ္လိပ္စာေပ ေလာက ၏ ထိပ္တန္းစာေရးဆရာႀကီးသံုးဦး တက္ေရာက္မည့္အေၾကာင္း ၾကားသိရ၍ စာေပပဲြေတာ္ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာျပည္အတြက္ အထူးဂုဏ္ယူမိေၾကာင္း၊ ဤသတင္းသည္ ပဲြေတာ္ အတြက္ အလြန္ေကာင္းေသာ ေရွ ့ေျပးနိမိတ္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ျမန္မာစာေပ၊ ျမန္မာစာေရးဆရာမ်ားႏွင့္ ျမန္မာျပည္တြင္ျဖစ္ေပၚေျပာင္းလဲေနမွဳမ်ားကို နိုင္ငံတကာကစိတ္၀င္ တစားရွိေနၾကသည့္ လကၡဏာျဖစ္ပါေၾကာင္း” ေျပာၾကားရင္း သူမ၏ ၀မ္းသာဂုဏ္ယူမွဳကို ေဖာ္ျပခဲ့ပါသည္။
စာတမ္းဖတ္ပဲြႏွင့္စာေပေဆြးေႏြးပဲြမ်ားတြင္ ထပ္မံပါ၀င္လာမည့္ ျမန္မာႏွင့္နိုင္ငံတကာစာေရး ဆရာမ်ား စာရင္းကိုလည္း ထပ္မံ အသိေပးသြားမည္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။
ယမန္ႏွစ္ကက်င္းပခဲ့ေသာ ဒုတိယအႀကိမ္ဧရာ၀တီစာေပပဲြေတာ္တြင္ ျမန္မာစာေရးဆရာ ၁၀၀ ေက်ာ္ႏွင့္ နိုင္ငံတကာမွစာေရးဆရာ ၄၀ ဦးတို ့ပါ၀င္ဆင္ႏြဲခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။
ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္၏အားေပးေစာင့္ေရွာက္မွဳျဖင့္ က်င္းပလ်က္ရွိေသာ ဧရာ၀တီစာေပပဲြေတာ္ သည္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံတြင္ တစ္ႏွစ္လွ်င္ တစ္ႀကိမ္က်င္းပသည့္ နို္င္ငံတကာစာေပပဲြေတာ္ ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ စာေပ၊ အနု ပညာႏွင့္လြတ္လပ္စြာေရးသားေဖာ္ျပခြင့္ကို ျမတ္နိုးတန္ဖိုးထားသည့္ စိတ္မ်ား တိုးတက္ျပန္ ့ပြားလာေစရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ျဖင့္ ျမန္မာ၊ အာရွႏွင့္ နိုင္ငံတကာမွ ထင္ရွားေသာစာေပႏွင့္ အနုပညာရွင္မ်ား ပူးေပါင္းက်င္းပ ၾကျခင္းျဖစ္ပါသည္။ မိမိတို ့ျပဳစုထားသည့္ စာေပႏွင့္အနုပညာလက္ရာမ်ားအေၾကာင္းကို ႏွီးေႏွာဖလွယ္ခြင့္ႏွင့္ အျပန္အလွန္စူးစမ္းေလ့လာခြင့္ ရေစသည့္ပဲြေတာ္လည္း ျဖစ္ပါသည္။
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Alan Craft ရဲ႕ ဂုဏ္ျဒပ္အမႇန္က နိုဗယ္ဆု နဲ႕ အမ်ိဳးသားစာေပဆုရ စာေရးဆရာတစ္ေယာက္ပါ။

Alan Craft correctly named the Man-Booker-Prize-winning author AND novel. Alan, you are on your toes, well in sync. Speaking of which:
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Thank you for commenting :) To the winners of Poll 1 and 2 -- Thiri Ko and Jennifer Mackenzie! -- here is, perversely, a haunting poem about loss.

One Art
By Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.
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Poll Two: Who won the Man Booker Prize 2014, announced last night? (Got to be on your toes!)
A. Ali Smith
B. Howard Jacobson
C. Neel Mukherjee
D. Richard Flanagan
E. Joshua Ferris
F. Karen Joy Fowler
Again, leave your answers in the comments section below, to win a small, precious virtual prize! (For an extra prize, name the winning novel)
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Alright, #ILF followers, it's time to put your literary know-how to the test!
Poll One: Who won the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014, announced a few days ago?
A. Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
B. Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami
C. French novelist Patrick Modiano
D. Belarussian journalist Svetlana Aleksijevitj
Leave your answers in the comments section below, to win a tiny but invaluable virtual prize! ;)
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Ko Ko thett is a Vienna-based poet, who participated in #ILF2013 and #ILF2014. We look forward to having him at #ILF2015!

Here's a wonderful poem, supplied by Ko Ko thett that'll have you learning a bit of math and biology too ;)

"Water Elephant"

Water elephants exist, or do they?

To every mahout

Water elephants are real, and ethereal

In water, with fisheyes, they move like fish

On land they can survive for hours

They breathe through trunk.

They are short, and plump,

With two pairs of legs,

Each with four to five claws,

Also known as minor tongues.

When fully grown,

Miniature mammoths are about 0.25 mm

(0.009 inch) long and 0.2 mm (0.007 inch) high.

They feed on water corn

They love water spinach

They wander underwater all day

They furrow your brow at night

Elephas minimus are semi-nocturnal.

They are particularly fond of translucent waters

Of pikes, perches and pebbles.

Elephants, real or ethereal,

Are never seen in water elephant habitat.

Instinct tells them –

Water elephant bite is fatal.
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ခ႐ု

ေေေေေေေေေ ေန႕စဥ္ညစဥ္

ဒီတက္သလို တက္ခဲ့

ဒီဆင္းသလို ဆင္းခဲ့။

ေေေ ေေအာင္ျမင္ရင္

ေ ေသာင္ျပင္မွာ ဂြၽန္းထိုးမယ္။

ရွုံးနိမ့္ရင္

အုန္းပင္ေတြဟာ တရားခံပဲ။

ကမာၻၾကီး အေညာင္းအညာ ေျပဖို႕
ကြၽန္ေတာ္ လမ္းေလွ်ာက္ထြက္လာပါျပီ။

ရန္ကုန္ ၂၀၁၄ ခင္ေဇာ္ျမင့္ရဲ႕ ကဗ်ာမ်ား ၂၁၊ ေခတ္မ်ား ဆိုတဲ့ ေလးၾကိမ္ေျမာက္ကဗ်ာစုေဆာင္း ထားတဲ့ထဲကပါ။ ကိုကိုသက္ ဘာသာျပန္ထားပါတယ္။

ကိုကုိသက္ဟာ ဗီယာနာျမိဳ႕မွာေနပါတယ္။ သူဟာ #ILF2013 န႕ဲ ႕ #ILF2014 မွာ ပါ၀င္ျပီးေတာ့ ဒီမိုကေရစီ ျမန္မာ့အသံအတြက္ အလုပ္လုပ္ေနပါတယ္။

Snail

Day in night out
Like a tide I rise
Like a tide I fall.

If I succeed
I will do a somersault on the beach.
If I fail
Coconuts are to blame.

I walk the earth
Just to massage the planet.

-- From Khin Zaw Myint's forthcoming collection 'Poems 21' , the Eras, Yangon 2014. Translated by Ko Ko thett.

Ko Ko thett is a Vienna-based poet, who participated in #ILF2013 and #ILF2014. We look forward to having him at #ILF2015!
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