Participants

We are building a rich and varied programme for our 2017 Festival.

News of the Myanmar authors (approximately 100) taking part will be announced in coming weeks. In the meantime we are delighted to announce the names of those Yangon based authors (41 so far) who have confirmed their attendance at the Festival. All are most warmly welcome to the Festival line up: Shwe Ku May Hnin; Nay Phone Latt; Ma Ei; Tin Mi Khine; E Zate Ta; Pancelo; Soe Hitke ( Pha Do); Saw Wai; Khin Aung Aye; Ko Nay ( Mann); Kaung Thant; Mya Hnaung Nyo; Maung Tway Thit; Lay Ko Tin; Man ( Taung Lone Pyan); Hninn Way Nyein; Maung Hay Mar; Ko Yoe Kunt; Hane Latt; Dr. Khin Maung Nyo; Dr. Htway ; Saung Win Latt; Min Chan Mon; Ye Mya Lwin; Tharawun ( Pyay); May Zun Aye; Thae Aung; Maung Khit Tun; Thura Zaw; San San Nwe ( Tharawaddy); Htin Lin Oo; Nu Nu Ye ( AVA); Ju; Maung De Pa; Aung Khain Myint; Ye Tut Ne; Nay Myae; Cho Pain Naung; Biritish Ko Ko Maung; Moe Thet Han; and Myay Hmone Lwin.

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts joined The Economist as a writer in the Foreign Department in June 1998, with a particular focus on developing countries and transnational...

Alex Bescoby

Alex is a self-confessed history nerd and award-winning researcher, with a love of travel and storytelling. Alex co-founded award-winning independent production company Grammar Productions,...

Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung’s first book, Unpolished Gem, is an Australian bestseller. It won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was shortlisted...

Ann Pasternak Slater

Ann Pasternak Slater

Ann Pasternak Slater is a literary scholar and translator who was formerly a Fellow and Tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford. She taught English...

Aung Myint

DR AUNG MYINT (Hsay Mand) is the former Director General of the Department of Traditional Medicine, Ministry of Health, he is a medical teacher...

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson is a UK-based writer. Educated at schools in Italy and Austria, she read Modern Languages and English Literature at Durham University. A...

Delphine Schrank

Delphine Schrank

Delphine Schrank is an award-winning narrative and enterprise journalist and the author of The Rebel of Rangoon, A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in...

Denis Muller

Denis Muller is a journalist, author, educator, and media ethicist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia.  He worked as a newspaper journalist for...

Ester van Steekelenburg

Ester van Steekelenburg is a Hong Kong based urban planner/economist and founder of iDiscover, a series of honest and authentic neighbourhood guides in Asian...

Helena Thorfinn

Helena Thorfinn spent many years working as a journalist for Sweden’s largest news networks, before she began her career at Sida and Save the...

Jacqueline Dutton

Jacqueline Dutton is a researcher, educator and writer at the University of Melbourne, and a board member and trustee of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival....

John Simpson

John Simpson CBE has spent all his working life at the BBC, and has reported from more than 120 countries, including thirty war zones,...

Jung Chang

Jung Chang

Jung Chang (張戎) is the author of the best-selling books Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (1991), which the Asian Wall Street Journal called the most...

Ju

Ju was born 20 September 1958 in Yenangyaung, the third child of five siblings. She graduated from the high school at Yenangyaung in 1975. Despite...

Keggie Carew

Keggie Karew

Keggie Carew is the author of Dadland, which won the Costa Biography Award in 2016, and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Best Seller....

Khin Maung Nyo

Dr Khin Maung Nyo has taught chemistry at Rangoon University for 26 years. A former editor of Customs Journal, he has published eleven books...

Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking is an author and journalist who works with world-leading scientists to write adventure stories which explain complex science in simple terms to young...

Ma Thida

Ma Thida

Ma Thida is a medical doctor, writer, human rights activist and former prisoner of conscience. She currently edits at a Burmese magazine, Shwe Amyutay,...

Matthew J Walton

Matthew J Walton is the Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St Antony’s College. He received his PhD in Political Science...

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection, Simple Recipes, and three novels, including Dogs at the Perimeter.

Michael Vatikiotis

Michael Vatikiotis

Michael Vatikiotis is the Asia Regional Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Based in Singapore, he travels extensively, promoting dialogue and conflict resolution...

Murzban F. Shroff

Murzban F. Shroff

Murzban F. Shroff is a Mumbai-based writer. He spent sixteen years in advertising, working at multinational ad agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and McCann...

Myay Hmone Lwin

Myay Hmone Lwin

Myay Hmone Lwin (the pen name for San Mong Aung) is the author of a short story collection, An otter sneaked out from the...

Niklas Schiöler

Niklas Schiöler, writer and Associate Professor, three times awarded by the Swedish Academy, has written reflection books on music and table-tennis, a cultural history...

Nu Nu Yi

Nu Nu Yi was born in a village near Inwa in 1959, and has written 15 novels, 100 short stories and several magazine articles...