Surviving Dictatorship in Burma: A Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday 19 March 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

Time: 17:45
General Admission: £10
Tickets available here.

This event is part of a collection of talks on Burma between 19 – 21 March. For the first time in the UK, Hatchards, in association with Akroyd Art, Grammar Productions and sponsors, 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. Click / tap here to find out which other events you could attend.

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For almost half a century, Burma languished under a succession of military regimes. Their callous actions towards their own people diminished Burma’s standing to a pariah on the global stage. Once one of the most prosperous countries in the region in the 1950s, Burma’s economy would crumble and its society ossify as the country became ever more isolated from the outside world. What was it like to grow up in a world where, for decades, information was strictly controlled and political freedoms were all but extinguished?

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, a Burmese human rights activist, surgeon, former prisoner of conscience and author who has charted the political situation in Burma over the decades. Her wide-ranging work in Burma provides a vivid insight into the years of upheaval and change.

Ko Ko Thett is ‘a poet by choice and Burmese by chance’. He is also a poetry editor, literary translator, activist and award-winning anthologist of contemporary Burmese poetry.

Dr Daw Khin Mar Mar Kyi is an award-winning social anthropologist, filmmaker and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Finally, chairing this discussion will be Vicky Bowman, UK Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) from 2002 to 2006 and now the Director of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business. She lives and works in Yangon with her husband, Htein Lin, a former political prisoner and one of Burma’s leading modern artists.

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A special thank you for this event is extended to Thomson Tyndall for sponsoring the evening. Thomson Tyndall offer a truly bespoke financial planning and investment service for Private Clients and their families. Please visit their website here for more details.

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