Tash Aw: a life in writing

Keynote speaker Tash Aw on his life in writing.

2015-06-07

“People are incredibly lonely in this huge city, twice the size of London, they’re swept up by the tide of energy and forget what they’re looking for. They don’t just want money or a business deal, but something deeper.”

Tash Aw was interviewed by The Guardian. Read the whole interview here.

 

Give dignity back to the Rohingya

- A piece by guest Farish Ahmad Noor

2015-05-31

 

“What is happening now in South-east Asia and the Mediterranean is not a natural disaster though, but rather the result of political will and contestation, that necessarily involve human agency, and thus entails the element of moral-political responsibility as well.”

One of our distinguished guests, Farish Ahmad Noor, wrote this excellent piece on the Rohingya refugees for The Straits Times. A. Noor is stressing the urgency for The West to take responsibility for the human disasters happening in the Mediterranean sea and for ASEAN to deal with the Rohingya refugees. Starting in both cases with treating them as human beings instead of solely victims.

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New voices from Singapore and Malaysia

selected by curator Bernice Chauly

2015-05-15

Read My World invited two South East Asian guest curators to select the writers and poets from their region that tell stories beyond the issues of the day. Authors that, right now in the Caribbean, matter, in line with the curators’ vision of literature and the festival’s penchant for fresh and engaged voices. Writer Bernice Chauly (Malaysia ) selected nine authors from Singapore and Malaysia, of whom the first five will join us at the festival in October:

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New voices from Indonesia

selected by curator Kadek Krishna Adidharma

Read My World invited two South East Asian guest curators to select the writers and poets from their region that tell stories beyond the issues of the day. Authors that, right now in the Caribbean, matter, in line with the curators’ vision of literature and the festival’s penchant for fresh and engaged voices. Columnist /translator Kadek Krishna Adidharma (Indonesia ) selected nine authors from Indonesia, of whom the first four will join us at the festival in October:

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Preview Read My World May 13th

2015-04-15

Preview Topic: Increasing censorship and growing openness

Bernice Chauly, a writer originating from Malaysia and Kadek Krishna Adidharma, columnist and translator from Bali / Indonesia, will announce the festival shortlist on May 13 and who will be participating at the festival (1-3 October 2015). In a conversation with moderator Chris Keulemans, they will give a preview and insight to the creation of the program and explain their selection of authors, bloggers, spoken word artist and journalists involved.

What
 are urgent issues for today’s generation of writers / artists and how do they work within the reality of increasing censorship (Malaysia) and growing openness (Indonesia)?

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Read My World 2015 Southeast Asia

After two successful editions of the international literature festival Read My World - on the Arab world and the Caribbean region - the third edition focusses on Southeast Asia. We invited two new local curators to help us give shape to the festival: the writer Bernice Chauly (Malaysia) and blogger / translator Kadek Krishna Adidharma (Indonesia).

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Review Read My World festival 2014

2014-10-03

The second edition of Read my World, the new international literature festival in Amsterdam, again gave an in depth view of a region that mainly reaches Dutch media due to disaster. The formula: provide writers from the region itself with the opportunity to present a selection of promising literary talent. Report of a three-day literary exploration of the Caribbean today.

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