Image: Writers and journalists in a group discussion at the session led by Jonathan Douglas and Patrick Neate. Photo by Boothee © Astrophoto

March 2013 saw the first literature development workshop in Rangoon. Sponsored by the British Council and held at the Park Royal hotel, over 30 selected members of the literary community attended including members of ethnic literary associations.

Writers, bloggers, translators, publishers and distributors, spent two days assessing the current state of literature in Burma and what the future holds. The dialogue was ably directed by Jonathon Douglas of the National Literacy Trust and Whitbread award winning writer Patrick Neate who cascaded their knowledge and skills of literacy programmes, networking, government partnerships and live literature events.

The workshop created an opportunity for the participants to candidly evaluate the local literary landscape and identify areas for collaboration and activities to audience development.