Participants

The ILF team is truly grateful and thankful to all those who took part so generously in the  2017 Festival. It has been widely described as the best of the Festivals thus far.

The photos and biographies featured here are just a fraction of those who were present and took part in the three day programme of events. We would of course love to present everyone’s photograph and biography and hope to be able to convince everyone to produce one ahead of the next Festival.

One or two people who had planned to attend were sadly unable to be there. We very much missed the presence of Xu Xi and John Simpson, who had both planned to attend but unfortunately could not be there due to unforeseen circumstances. We very much hope they will be able to join the next Festival.

Our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all who made the ILF 2017 such a joyous success.

The organisers

Nyein Way

Nyein Way is a renowned 21st century contemporary post-conceptual poet from Myanmar. He is also a language conceptualist, educator and performer whose work has...

Oline Stig

Oline Stig has published five collections of short stories and one novel and has been awarded several literary prizes in Sweden. Her short stories...

Oren Ginzburg

Oren Ginzburg lives in Yangon with his wife and three children. Over the last 20 years he has written and illustrated several books aimed...

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...

Ponnya Khin

Ponnya Khin was born in September 22, 1972 in Kyaunggon, a delta town in Ayeyarwady Region. Aged nineteen, while studying for her degree and...

Rupert Arrowsmith

Dr Rupert Arrowsmith is an art historian and poet who currently resides in Yangon, Myanmar. An alumnus of Christ Church college of the University...

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...

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,...

SuSu

SuSu heads the architecture department at Mandalay technical University, she is a critically acclaimed academic and outspoken advocate for heritage preservation in Myanmar  

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...

Ma Ei

Ma Ei made her debut with her 1977 poem ‘Chance for a Snap Smile’.  By 1982, she had published 14 poems and 2 short...

Nay Phone Latt

  Nay Phone Latt is a Burmese blogger and activist, currently serving as a Yangon Region Hluttaw MP for Thingangyun Township. He was a...

Khin Aung Aye

Khin Aung Aye has published 11 collections of poetry, the first being ‘Time Train from the World’s Shore’.  His latest collection, ’54 Sentences dictated...

Shwegu May Hnin

Shwegu May Hnin is a renowned Burmese writer. Her novels were   published after censorship restrictions were lifted. One of her novels, Prison Chronicles, draws upon her time...

Pandora

Pandora began her literary career as an English Major at Rangoon University, writing several poems and short stories for the campus magazines, using different...

Khin Thandar

Khin Thandar is a Freelance writer, her short stories and articles have appeared in the Voice Weekly, Yananthit Magazine, Shwe Amyutay, Myanmar Thit and...

Nyi Pu Lay

Nyi Pu Lay was born in Mandalay, the son of  famous editors and writers Ludu U Hla and Daw Ahmar. Nyi Pu Lay has...