Burma: Past, Present & Future

Date: Monday 18 March 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

Date: 19 – 21 March
General Admission: £10 for each event

Burma: the name alone conjures a mysterious, exotic and far-off land. Now called Myanmar, Burma had long held a special place in the British psyche, from Kipling’s famous ‘Road to Mandalay’ to Biggles’ flights into Rangoon. However, after 50 years of oppressive rule, its existence slipped from many minds before bursting back into the headlines as a story of hope then, most recently, of tragedy.

From 19 – 21 March, for the first time in the UK, Hatchards, in association with Akroyd ArtGrammar Productions and sponsors – Thomson Tyndall & IDG Myanmar – will bring together the world’s leading writers, artists and filmmakers on Burma to share their insights on how the Burma we see today came to be, and what the future holds.


Surviving Dictatorship in Burma: A Panel Discussion | 19 March @ 17:45: Hatchards are delighted to host this panel discussion with three of Burma’s foremost writers, activists and academics, sharing their personal experience of life under military rule in a conversation chaired by the UK’s former ambassador to Myanmar. We are joined by Ma Thida, Ko Ko Thett, Dr Daw Khin Mar Mar Kyi and Vicky Bowman. More info / tickets

Burma’s Past, Present & Future: Thant Myint-U & Rory Stewart | 19 March @ 19:00: The shared history of Britain and Burma runs deep across 3 centuries, and there are few who have sought to understand that connection more than Thant Myint-U. Thant will be in conversation with an award-winning author turned politician, Rory Stewart MP, to explore how the troubled nation of Burma we see today came to be, and where it might go from here. More info / tickets

We Were Kings: A Screening of the Story of Burma’s Lost Royals | 20 March @ 18:00: ‘WE WERE KINGS’ held its world premiere at London’s British Library, won the Whicker’s World Foundation Funding Award in 2016, and its first TV broadcast was in December 2017 on The History Channel. Our host for the evening will be Robert Hardman, speaking with filmmaker Alex Bescoby. More info / tickets

Burma and its ‘Others’: A Panel Discussion | 21 March @ 17:45: The Rohingya crisis is just one of a number of simmering conflicts between Burma’s centre and periphery that bedevil the country today. Will Burma ever find unity in its diversity? Hatchards are hosting a panel discussion with some of the finest academic and journalistic minds investigating questions like these in Burma today. We are joined by Francis Wade, Professor Mandy Sadan, Dr Hans Steinmüller and Melyn McKay. More info / tickets

The Forgotten Army: WW2 in Burma Panel Discussion | 21 March @ 19:00: Join four of Britain’s leading historians on the campaign for an in-depth discussion on why Burma’s forgotten chapter in WW2 deserves to be better remembered. We are joined by James Holland, Dr Yasmin Khan, Dr Richard Duckett and Robert Lyman FRHistS. More info / tickets

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