Participants

We are building a rich and varied program for our 2017 Festival. The following international authors have already confirmed their participation and there will be more announcements soon.

News of the Myanmar authors (approximately 100) taking part will be announced in coming weeks as the Festival receives their biographies and photos. 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; 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...

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy is a Scottish poet and playwright. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009 and was the first...

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...

Ellen Wiles

Ellen Wiles

Ellen Wiles is a British writer, human rights lawyer, and scholar specialising in literary culture and cultural ethnography.

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,...

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....

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...

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....

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,...

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

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

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin is the author of three acclaimed books of ideas: Traumascapes, Courage and Otherland. In Traumascapes, she examines the far-reaching cultural significance of physical...

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...

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...

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...

Philip Davies

Philip Davies

PHILIP DAVIES was educated in London, and at Queens’ College, Cambridge. An historian and chartered town planner, he is the author of nine critically-acclaimed...

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is an Australian journalist and author. Most recently she was literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald for more than a decade,...

Tony Wheeler

Tony Wheeler

Tony Wheeler has a long and deep connection with Myanmar, having visited for the first time in 1974 when he was researching the Burma...

Victor Mallet

Victor Mallet

Victor Mallet is a journalist and author who has reported for three decades from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, first for Reuters...

Xu Xi

Xu Xi

XU XI許素細 is the author of eleven books, most recently a memoir, Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City (Penguin, July 2017); a...