Thursday, 14 May 2015

3rd Blogger Murdered in Bangladesh

On Tuesday, yet another blogger, Anata Bijoy Das,  was hacked to death in Bangladesh, for celebrating secularism and free speech, and for questioning religious dogma and intolerance.

Here are some links to discussion of this murder from around the web:

The Daily Star (Bangladesh - the only report I could find from within Bangladesh)

Al Jazeera (English version / Qatar)

Xinhua (English version / China)

Gulf News (Dubai)

Committee to Protect Journalists (USA)

BBC (UK)

For a statement from free speech organisation PEN International click here.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2015

Asia House, London, in partnership with the Bagri Foundation, is in the first few days of its annual Literature Festival. Now in its ninth year, this is the only UK Festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing and will include talks from some of the most exciting names in literature, including Turkey’s bestselling author Elif ┼×afak, and one of South Korea’s most important modern writers, Hwang Sok-yong.

This Week in Asian Review of Books

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Sunday Post

Click here for a post from the OUP blog on learning from Buddhist moral psychology.

Click here for a review of Sitti Nurbaya, by Marah Rusli, translated from Bahasa Indonesian by George A. Fowler, the latest addition to the Modern Library of Indonesia, published by the Lontar Foundation.

Click here for a piece from Publishing Perspectives on book markets for literary translations. 

The shortlist for the 2015 Ondaatje Prize for a book evoking the spirit of place has been announced:

  • Rana Dasgupta Capital (Canongate)
  • Helen Dunmore The Lie (Hutchinson)
  • Tobias Hill What Was Promised (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • Justin Marozzi Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood (Allen Lane)
  • Sigrid Rausing Everything is Wonderful (Grove Press)
  • Elif Shafak The Architect’s Apprentice (Viking)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Writing Through: Cultivating Voices in Sala Bai, Cambodia

Student Uk Sreytouch reading her poem
Writing Through Cambodia is a programme using creative writing to improve Cambodian students’ fluency in English, both spoken and written, to develop their capacity for conceptual thought, and to enhance their self-esteem.  It also works with Cambodian teachers.

Writing Through Cambodia was founded by Sue Guiney, an American-born, British-resident poet, novelist and educator. When she is not volunteering with Writing Through Cambodia, Jeanne McKay is a conservation biologist living in Singapore, from where she manages a conservation research project in Sumatra, Indonesia. 

Jeanne and Sue collaborated on a guest post exploring the role of Writing Through Cambodia.

This Week in Asian Review of Books

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Sunday, 3 May 2015