Oxford 2010: The future of Burma

  • Tin Htar Swe (Burma editor, BBC World Service)
  • Justin Wintle (journalist, author of Perfect Hostage: Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma and the Generals)
  • Maung Zarni (LSE Global Governance fellow; visiting senior fellow, Institute for Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok)
  • Chaired by Jean Seaton (Director of the Orwell Prize)

The eighth of the Orwell Prize’s events at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival 2010.

‘In Burma there is a joke that Orwell wrote not just one novel about the country, but three: a trilogy composed of Burmese Days, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ writes Emma Larkin in Finding George Orwell in Burma. Seventy-five years on from the first UK publication of Burmese Days, Orwell’s first novel, Burma is synonymous with totalitarianism and a ruthless attitude towards political dissent. Do the promised 2010 elections offer hope for change, or is the continued focus on Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention a distraction from the real issues?

  • The Orwell Prize: What next for Burma?
  • The Orwell Prize at Oxford 2010: Dispatches: Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone
  • The Orwell Prize: Works by, and on, Orwell and Burma
  • Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
  • Orwell Prize events at the Oxford Literary Festival 2010
  • Orwell Prize events at the Oxford Literary Festival 2009
  • Orwell Prize event at the Oxford Literary Festival 2008

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