1 February 2013 by Luke McCormick
Burma's (Myanmar's) first literary festival is taking place in Yangon this weekend (01-03 February) featuring sessions by local and international writers.
This first ever international literary festival in Burma will include the best local authors writing in English as well as a substantial number of local authors writing in Burmese and a rich mixture of international writers.
The inaugural Irrawaddy Literary Festival will feature notable names, such as Jung Chang, William Darymple and Fergal Keane.
The Festival's patron, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said: "I am delighted to lend my support and personal participation to this first Irrawaddy Literary Festival.
"Literature has always been a big part of my life and I hope this festival, which brings together some of the finest talent from Burma, the UK and elsewhere will encourage more people to explore the world of literature and further their understanding of the English language."