Dr Aung Myint, ILF Country Director (Mandalay) sums up his post-Festival views.

Dr Aung Myint, ILF Country Director (Mandalay)
“As country director of ILF for Mandalay, I have helped to organise and make three ILFs successfully happen in Mandalay. Out of the three events, to me, this 4th ILF is the most successful one. … the number of writers from Yangon and Mandalay are most numerous this year amounting to 60 from Yangon and 63 from Mandalay let alone more than 30 international writers. If we have more time and more budget, we will have more writers and artists on board. The number of book stalls and attendance are also the highest this year. Among the attendees, young students and young monks are remarkably numerous this year. Overall we are happy and thankful with the results of this 3 day event and hoping for more meaningful and successful festivals in Myanmar for the betterment of our motherland and our people particularly for the younger generations.”
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Patron, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s handwritten message to the ILF 2017:

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