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- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: September 30, 2013 at 8:07 am
Local and international writers will participate in the ‘Reaching the World 2013’ conference and festival from Thursday to Sunday.
Bangkok is hosting "Reaching the World 2013", a writers' conference which will bring together local and international authors from Thursday to Sunday.
Organised by Asia-Pacific Writers & Translators (AP Writers), in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Arts and the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, this year's conference will culminate in a free one-day literary festival.
AP Writers is an umbrella organisation for authors and literary translators throughout the Asia-Pacific.
It holds at least one annual gathering to support authors, emerging writers and translators and to promote new creative writing in, and beyond, their home countries.
More than 100 writers, literary scouts and scholars are coming to Bangkok from 20 countries for the three-day conference on "The Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing and Literary Translation" at Chulalongkorn University's Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building from Thursday to Saturday. The programme starts at 9am each day.
The associated free one-day literary festival, however, is set for Sunday from 10am to 5pm at the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre, Pathumwan intersection.
The largest delegation of international authors are coming from the Philippines, among them Jose Dalisay who was shortlisted for the latest Man Asia Literary Prize, and Michael Coroza, a former SEA Write award winner.
The second-largest foreign representation is made up of Australians, several of them living in Asia, such as poet and publisher Michael Brennan.
Among the authors talking about the pros (and prose) and cons of teaching creative writing and choosing writing as a career will be Thai novelist Prabda Yoon; American poet Harvey (H.L.) Hix, supported by the Fulbright travel programme; British Council-supported writer Sunjeev Sahota, listed by Granta magazine as among 2013's Best Young British Novelists; Krys Lee, a distinguished young American novelist who is a professor of creative writing in South Korea.
The line-up also includes five writers supported by the Netherlands' Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development _ Myanmar author Pascal Khoo Thwe, Malaysian author Bernice Chauly, Indonesian translator Eliza Vitri Handayani, and Cambodian writers Hang Sarin and Sreang Heng.
Australian indigenous novelist Philip McLaren, supported by Griffith University, and poet and novelist Rukmini Bhaya Nair, supported by the India-Thailand Exchange Programme, will also appear.
Others include Asia Literary Review editor Martin Alexander, novelist and initiator of Asia's low residency MFA in Creative Writing, Xu Xi, and Nury Vittachi, an author based in Hong Kong who will unveil details of the new World Readers' Award.
As well as Sunday's free literary festival, everyone is welcome to hear authors read at one of Bangkok's poets' haunts, WTF Cafe and Bar on Sukhumvit Soi 51, who will gather early on Thursday evening for an open-mic session.
Also, come along to the the closing open-mic party on Sunday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Overground Bar & Cafe on Sukhumvit Soi 22.
There are creative writing workshops and a book launch party at Hemingway's, Sukhumvit Soi 14, on Saturday at 6.30pm. Those registered for the three-day conference at Chulalongkorn University will be treated to a dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, hosted by Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, on Friday at 7pm.
For more information, visit http://apwriters.org/reaching-the-world-2013-program