“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
“…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.