“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.
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.
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
"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."