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Writing from the George Town Literary Festival

November 2022

The ornate Khoo Kongsi house in George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Photo by Nimalan nims on Unsplash

Read work by some of the authors participating in the 2022 George Town Literary Festival, an annual literary festival taking place between November 24 and 27 in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

A portrait of Ko Ko Thett in red suspenders standing in front of a field of yellow flowers
Picking Off New Shoots Will Not Stop the Spring: An Interview with ko ko thett
By Eric M. B. Becker
Even under a most repressive censorship regime or even in a most watched jail cell, writers and artists will find channels to express themselves.
Two swallows in flight
Photo by Julian on Unsplash
By Nga Ba
Dreams, denied, / turned into maps.
Translated from Burmese by ko ko thett
A rusty lighter sitting in the dirt
Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash
After Time
By Fahd Razy
Today, you finally saw the earth after its rebirth.
Translated from Malay by Adibah Abdullah
A large wave crashes in a stormy ocean
Photo by Todd Turner on Unsplash
The Strength of Water
By Gawani Gaongen
“Do not make the water angry,” they say.
Translated from Kankanaey by the author
yellow smoke curling against a black background
Photo by Олег Жилко on Unsplash
By Zahid M. Naser
bloodrush like the swell of desire in a room / surging higher and higher to my eyes, craving life
Translated from Malay by Pauline Fan