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Spotlight On Burma (booked out)

Wednesday February 20, 2019
19:00 - 20:30
THIS IS A FREE EVENT
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Burma, also known as Myanmar, is a country of over 50 million people in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east, and China to its north. These neighbouring countries as well as the various colonial occupiers throughout its history have influenced and merged with Burma’s indigenous cultures to create a rich tradition of language, cuisine, music, dance and theatre.

‘Spotlight on Burma’ is part of PEN Perth’s interest in human rights and the responsible freedom of expression in our Indian Ocean region. Join us and members of the Perth Burmese community for an evening of reflection and readings hosted by local Burmese intellectual Chris Lin. This event is an opportunity for you to hear about ongoing social, political and cultural issues of Burma, and, includes a selection of translated creative works read by Holden Shepherd and Michelle Johnston. Light refreshments of traditional Burmese food will also be served!

This event is free but registration is essential! Please RSVP via Perth Festival.

Michelle Johnston

Michelle Johnston is a consultant emergency physician who works at an inner-city hospital. Books are her other oxygen, and writing her sustenance. Dustfall is her first novel, released in February 2018 through UWA Publishing.

Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel, Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019), won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award. Holden has always been a misfit: a gym junkie who has played Pokemon competitively, a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock, and a bogan who learned to speak French. He lives in Perth with his husband.

Chris Lin

Chris Lin completed his PhD in English at the University of Western Australia where he continues to work as a learning adviser. Chris is a keen contributor to the Perth arts community and has hosted events for the Perth Writers Festival, the Australian Short Story Festival, and the Centre for Stories. He serves on the committee for PEN Perth, advocating for persecuted writers in the Asia-Pacific. Passionate about international affairs and human rights, Chris is currently working to promote awareness and conversation around the crisis in Myanmar.

Venue
Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
Centre for Stories is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

Parking
Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen Street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

Access
Wheelchair access is provided. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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