In early February 2013 ten intrepid writers set off for a writing reatreat in Myanmar.
First stop the inaugural Irrawaddy Literary Festival - Festival patron - Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
other festival guests:
Pascal Khoo Twe, author of the best selling Burma memoir: From The Land Of Green Ghosts.
The incredible Jung Chang, author of the best selling Wild Swans.
A fascinating session On Contemporary Burmese poetry with (from left) poets: Pandora, James Byrne,Nyein Way, Zeyar Lyn.
Burmese poets read in the sunset poetry reading in the boathouse. I collaborated in song with poet Nyein Way on his poem, Smile of A Leaf.
We began our workshopping lakeside during the festival..
in between trips to Shwedagon, Burma's living temple..
For more info on the festival: www.irrawaddylitfest.com
For details about Temple Writing in Burma 2014: www.writersjourney.com.au