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/ Learning how to yearn
The Welsh have a word that encapsulates a profound melancholy that spurs creativity, a longing for a possibly non-existent place — Hiraeth. GTLF 2016 writer, Tishani Doshi, reflects on this year’s festival theme.
/ A childhood spent around the world fuels his stories
Scudamore, a graduate of Oxford and of the University of East Anglia, is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels, The Amnesia Clinic, Heliopolis and Wreaking. The author was recently in Malaysia as part of this year’s George Town Literary Festival, and also led a writer’s workshop at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 22 and 23.
/ An ode to Hiraeth: George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) 2016
In response to the recent events that appeared to threaten the ideal of a safe and harmonious home nation, this edition of GTLF explored the theme of ‘Hiraeth’, a Welsh term defined as ‘the longing for a homeland that is no longer there’.
/ George Town Literary Festival 2016 Highlights
For its sixth incarnation this year, the George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) returned bigger and bolder, featuring over 60 writers, poets, performers, filmmakers and musicians from all over the world.
/ FIXI serves up bestselling transgendered Malaysian authors at double launch
For its fifth year at the festival FIXI brought over new releases from Regina Ibrahim and Julya Oui — both male to female transgender authors and trans right advocates. Regina pushed her fifth overall publication, Delima, while Julya Oui showcased her third collection of short stories for FIXI, Them Horrors Be Everywhere.
/ George Town Literary Festival – A fertile ground for convergence of writers and poets
George Town has always been a fertile ground for the convergence of writers and poets. The spirit of creativity fostered by this gathering is both enriching and inspiring. The annual festival is a timely reminder of the importance of reading and the need for discourse.
/ George Town Literary Festival Partnership
SA Writers Centre has partnered with the George Town Literary Festival, in Penang, Malaysia, to include an established South Australian writer on the 2016 GLTF festival program. This year, Manal Younus was the successful representative.
/ Press Statement for George Town Literary Festival Zunar solidarity watch
On 27 November 2016, Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was released a day after his arrest in George Town under the Sedition Act. The following is a press statement from festival director Bernice Chauly on behalf of the George Town Literary Festival in response to his release.
/ Malaysian cartoonist arrested for criticism of prime minister Najib Razak
Critics say levels of repression are reaching ‘dangerous levels’ after police detained Zunar at the George Town Literary Festival and charged him with sedition.
/ In search of belonging
The Welsh word “hiraeth” has no equivalent English language. Simply put it, it means “the longing for a homeland that is no longer there”. Over 60 writers, poets, performers, filmmakers and musicians from all around the world will converge in George Town to discuss this theme.