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 ]

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 ]

Ramon David

Roman David is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He is the author of Lustration.... [ read more ]

Peter Summersby

Peter Summersby is an Australian-born and based novelist, speaker, creative writing coach, blogger and teacher. His books include The Mind Hack, The Bloodwood Curse:.... [ read more ]

Nadia Niaz

Nadia Niaz is the founder and editor of the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, an online journal publishing creative writing that mixes two or more languages..... [ read more ]

David McInnis

David McInnis is a Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Melbourne. He is author of Mind-Travelling and Voyage Drama in Early Modern.... [ read more ]

Andrew Dodd

Associate Professor Andrew Dodd is the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the Uni veracity of Melbourne. He has worked across radio,.... [ read more ]

Htet Myet Oo

Htet Myet Oo spent his twenties living and studying in the UK. With fluent English and a keen interest in literature he is delighted.... [ read more ]

Hnin Yadana Zaw

Hnin is an experienced journalist and award-winning news producer with a demonstrated history of working for the world’s best news agencies including Thomson Reuters.... [ read more ]

Soe Hein

Soe Hein studied in Singapore and Australia. He is fluent in English and is a lover of literature. He is delighted o take part.... [ read more ]

Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing

Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing is a popular weekly host on Myanmar TV talk shows and radio channels. He is the author  of seventeen books. He.... [ read more ]

Htet Lwin Toh

Born in 1966, Thet Lwin To,  also known as Jackie, graduated from the University of Yangon then continued his studies at Stanford and Yangon.... [ 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]