We are delighted to announce the foundation of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival Myanmar Board under the Chairmanship of Saya U Nay Oke.

In May 2018, the Irrawaddy Literary Festival International Board of Trustees, ( Ambassador (retired) Giles FitzHerbert, Consul-General (Hong Kong) Andrew Heyn, Dr Jacqueline Dutton, Dr Rupert Arrowsmith and Festival Founder Jane Heyn), gathered in Yangon for the official handover ceremony.   

Saya U Nay Oke and Dr. Aung Myint (Mandalay) have been elected locally as the Festival’s representatives, and are henceforth responsible for all aspects of the Festival in Myanmar. The Festival continues to be committed to fulfilling the vision of Founding Director Jane Heyn, and patron Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in establishing a diverse and prestigious event showcasing some of the best Literary talent in Myanmar and abroad.

Thanks to a large team of volunteers, speakers, participants, and audience members, the Festival continues to grow in scope and has garnered critical acclaim world-wide.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in 2019. Stay tuned for more information coming soon to

"The name 'Irrawaddy' evokes greatness, beauty and romance for all of us in this land which has been nourished by her waters throughout the ages. The Irrawaddy Literary Festival is now into its 4th year and my best wishes for its success go out to all the organisers and participants who will be evoking the greatness, beauty and romance of literature from different lands, bringing us all closer to one another, flowing together in understanding and friendship." Aung San Suu Kyi, 2nd November 2017