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Letyar Tun - A rare chance to meet and hear a Burmese writer in Norwich

Please join us for this exciting chance to meet a visiting writer from Myanmar on his trip to the UK.

Letyar Tun is in the UK to promote a new anthology called Hidden Words Hidden Worlds. The anthology is published by the British Council, and includes writing in translation from the various ethnic states of Myanmar. Letyar is both a writer and translator whose work is featured in the anthology. He’s a strong advocate for Myanmar literature and is excited to help give voice to the ethnic communities the anthology features.

The opportunity to talk with a Burmese writer is very timely, given the current crisis in Rakhine.

Letyar Tun was born in Yangon.  He joined the 1988 democratic movement working for the newspaper Nyinyootyay  (‘To Unite’) and participating in anti-government demonstrations, before joining the All Burma Student Democratic Front on the Thai/Burma border.  He has spent a total of 18 years in prison, 14 on death row.  He was released on 19th November 2012 in an amnesty to recognise former President Obama’s visit to Myanmar.     

Since his release, he has worked in a number of roles for local and international media outlets including Radio France and Fojor Media Institute whilst focusing on his own writing and photography. 

The event is free and un-ticketed. We are grateful to Writers Centre Norwich for their helping in staging this event.