2019 Authors…

Hello! Welcome to our bios and photos page! Meet just some of the fantastic writers taking part in the 2019 Festival (many more – including over 100 Myanmar authors – will appear here as we receive their bios & photos)…

Xu Xi

XU XI 許素細 is the author of fourteen books — five novels, eight collections of short fiction and essays, one memoir — and also.... [ read more ]

Anjan Sundaram

Anjan Sundaram is the author of Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship (Ingabire prize, PEN America prize finalist, Amazon Best Book of 2016).... [ read more ]

Dipika Mukherjee

Dr. Dipika Mukherjee holds a PhD in English (Sociolinguistics) and is the author of the novels Shambala Junction, which won the UK Virginia Prize.... [ read more ]

Thweep Rittinaphakorn

Thweep ‘Ake’ Rittinaphakorn is an independent scholar whose work focuses on textiles and woven material in relation to history of mainland Southeast Asia, particularly.... [ read more ]

Malcolm Clarke

Two-time Oscar Winner and Four-time Academy Award nominated Director, Writer & Producer – Malcolm Clarke has been making films since the early 1980s, first.... [ read more ]

Michael Vatikiotis

Michael Vatikiotis is the Asia Regional Director for the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Based in Singapore, he works on promoting dialogue and conflict.... [ read more ]

Chris Gunness

Chris Gunness was born in Trinidad, then a British colony, to an Indian father and an English mother. His great great great great grandfather.... [ read more ]

Guy Slater

Guy Slater is an accomplished Actor / Writer / Director/ Producer/Teacher His acting career includes an extensive repertory of West End, Television, including I.... [ read more ]

Ian MacKenzie

Ian MacKenzie is the author of the novels Feast Days and City of Strangers. His fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. He was born.... [ read more ]

John Dawson

John Dawson enjoyed a 20-year career with Bloomberg TV and a further four years in public relations, including a year advising one of the.... [ read more ]

Karoline Kan

Karoline Kan was born in Tianjin in 1989 and studied at Beijing International Studies University. After graduating she worked at That’s Beijing, writing long-form features.... [ read more ]

Ian Holliday

Ian Holliday is Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Hong Kong. Previously he was Dean of Social Sciences at the University of.... [ read more ]

Christopher Reid

Christopher John Reid, FRSL (born 13 May 1949) is a Hong Kong-born British poet, essayist, cartoonist, and writer. In January 2010 he won the 2009 Costa Book Award for A Scattering, written.... [ read more ]

Roja Fazaeli

Dr Roja Fazaeli is Assistant Professor of Islamic Civilisations at Trinity College, Dublin and Warden of Trinity Hall, a residential learning community of 1,000.... [ read more ]

Yi Han

Yi Han is a multiple award-winning film producer, with expertise in International Co-Production, Strategic Marketing and Distribution of China-related independent films. Her producer work.... [ read more ]

Abbott Nicholas Vreeland

Nicholas Vreeland is the Abbot of Rato Dratsang, one of a few important Tibetan Government monasteries under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai.... [ read more ]

Anthony Ware

Anthony Ware is a Senior Lecturer in International & Community Development at Deakin University. His research focuses on international development in conflict-affected situations, and.... [ read more ]

Jung Chang

Jung Chang is the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China; Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday) ; and Empress.... [ read more ]

Costas Laoutides

Dr Costas Laoutides is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University. A political scientist by training he specializes on separatist conflicts. He.... [ read more ]

Murzban F Shroff

Murzban F. Shroff is a Mumbai-based writer. He has published his fiction with over 65 literary journals in the U.S. and UK. His stories.... [ read more ]

Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a.... [ read more ]

George FitzHerbert

George FitzHerbert is a scholar, traveller and writer. He has worked as a journalist with the BBC World Service, as a Lecturer in Tibetan.... [ read more ]

Ponnya Khin

Ponnya Khin was born on 22 September 1972 in Kyaunggon, a delta town in Ayeyarwady Region. On completing high school she started work as a.... [ read more ]

Ann Pasternak Slater

Ann Pasternak Slater (born 3 August 1944) is a literary scholar and translator who was formerly a Fellow and Tutor at St Anne’s College, Oxford. She.... [ read more ]

Jane Houng

Currently based in Hong Kong, Jane is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Vermont College of Fine Art’s MFA programme in Creative Writing.... [ read more ]