Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is patron of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival. Photo: AFP

Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Literary Festival: politics and social issues take centre stage at ‘uniquely charming’ event

  • British foreign correspondent Richard Lloyd Parry, Indonesian-Chinese writer Xu Xi and Chinese film producer Yi Han among international panellists
  • The three-day literary festival gives participants unfettered space to freely discuss sensitive political and social issues between locals and foreigners
Topic |   Books and Literature

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Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is patron of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival. Photo: AFP
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As a columnist, Mohammed Hanif has established himself as one of the premier voices on all things Pakistan. Photo: AFP

Pakistani novel by Mohammed Hanif satirises the military and it’s finally been translated to Urdu

  • The 2008 novel chronicles the final days of hardline dictator General Zia-ul-Haq’s rule and the conspiracies behind the plane crash that killed him in 1988
  • Works written in English have a narrower, elite audience and so often have greater leeway, while Urdu content tends to be more carefully censored
Topic |   Pakistan

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As a columnist, Mohammed Hanif has established himself as one of the premier voices on all things Pakistan. Photo: AFP
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