South & South East Asia Literature Festival

Discover the subtle and ascetic pleasures of south and south east asian literature this summer....
London 24 - 27 May 2018

62Days 17Hours 37Minutes 00Seconds


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Welcome to the South & South East Asia Literature Festival

Come and listen to one of the first female journalists to go undercover in North Korea hear her story and many others from the region. As part of Litro’s latest World series instalment, we are shining the Litro torch on writers and voices from South East Asia, from the pride of New 
India to the hidden voices of Korean women. For four days this Summer, we will take a fresh look at this 
fascinating region through the voice, and heart, of its people.

It is a festival that asks questions. How do we translate the Indian 
experience? How do we find the soul of Seoul? And what unites us, not
 divides us? To answer these questions, we have assembled some of the 
most exciting writers from India, UK and South Korea such as New York based Suki Kim, Bae Suah, Anuradha Roy and many more, as well as translators, academics,
 musicians and dancers.

 you write, we also welcome you to join us for our Masterclasses, where you can pick up ‘tricks of 
the trade’ and meet some of the writers speaking as well as publishers and agents.

Litro has been celebrating text for 
over a decade and has a global reach and reputation. Come join us 
to create something special and unique.

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Editor, Litro Magazine

Line Up

  • Suki Kim

    Suki Kim

    Kim is a Seoul born novelist and an investigative journalist residing in New York. Kim’s first novel The Interpreter was a finalist for a PEN Hemingway Prize, and her nonfiction has appeared in New York Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Slate, and The New Republic.

  • Krys Lee

    Krys Lee

    Lee’s work includes Drifting House, How I Became a North Korean, and has appeared in publications including Granta and The Guardian. Lee is a recipient of the Rome Prize and an Honor Title from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & Literature at Yonsei University.

  • Tishani Doshi

    Tishani Doshi

    Doshi is a writer with six books of poetry and fiction, and essays and short stories published in various anthologies. She received the Eric Gregory Award for Poetry, and won the All-India Poetry Competition and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection for her debut, Countries of the Body.

  • Bae Suah

    Bae Suah

    Suah is a contemporary award-winning Korean author with over a dozen works published. She has translated several books including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. Her first English first book, Nowhere to be Found, was longlisted for a PEN Translation Prize and the Best Translated Book Award.

  • Han Yujoo

    Han Yujoo

    Yujoo is a Korean writer and translator. Yujoo’s books include the short story collections To the Moon, My Left Hand the King and My Right Hand the King’s Scribe, and novel The Impossible Fairytale. Her short story ‘To the Moon’ won Literature and Society’s New Writers Award.

  • Victor Mallet

    Victor Mallet

    Victor Mallet is an author, journalist, commentator and Asia News Editor for the Financial Times . Mallet has spend the past three decades travelling and working in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mallet is the recipient of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.

  • Deborah Smith

    Deborah Smith

    Deborah is the founder of Tiled Axis and a translator of contemporary Korean Literature. A graduate of University of Cambridge and currently a research fellow at SOAS, Smith’s translations include The Vegetarian by Han Kang, becoming a co-winner of the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.

  • Hye-Ryoung Min

    Hye-Ryoung Min

    Min is a South Korean photographer living in New York and received her MPS from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Bronx Documentary Center and published in publications including Harper’s Bazaar.

  • Amrit Kaur Lohia

    Amrit Kaur Lohia

    Amrit Kaur Lohia is a singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist in genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul. Kaur has trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre and is a graduate of MA History, specialising in South Asia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Here, she also received her Certificate in Teaching World Music.

  • Sadaf Saaz

    Sadaf Saaz

    Sadaf Saaz is a poet, festival producer and director of Dhaka Literature Festival (of which she co-founded). Growing up in the UK, Saaz studied Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. Currently residing in Dhaka, Saaz is a cultural activist and author of Sari Reams, a poetry collection.

  • Mary Lynn Bracht

    Mary Lynn Bracht

    An American author of Korean descent living in London, Mary grew up in a large ex-pat community of women who came of age in postwar South Korea. In 2002, she visited her mother’s childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the “comfort women.” Her debut novel, White Chrysanthemum, was published in January 2018 by Chatto & Windus Books and Putnam Books.

  • Gitanjali Patel

    Gitanjali Patel

    Gitaljali Patel is a translator and field researcher. Patel graduated from University of Oxford in Spanish and Portugese, and a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. From film scripts to fiction, Patel has published the work of Luisa Geisler, Fernanda Torres and Gisele Joras since 2010.

  • Anjali Joseph

    Anjali Joseph

    Anjali Joseph is the author of Saraswati Park, for which Joseph won the Betty Task Prize and Desmond Elliot Prize. Born in Bombay in 1978, Joseph, studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge and graduated from the MA Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Joseph has since taught English at the Sorbonne.

  • Manu Pillai

    Manu Pillai

    Manu S Pillai is the author of The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore (Harper Collins India, 2015), winning Tata Prize 2016 and Sahitya Akademi 2017. A graduate of Fergusson College, Pune and King’s College London, Pillai is a columnist for Mint Lounge and a Serena Chopra’s Bhutan Echoes (Tasveer, 2016). Previously Pillai’s writing has appeared in publications including The Hindu and Open Magazine.

  • Kelly Falconer

    Kelly Falconer

    Kelly Falconer is the founder of the Asia Literary Agency. Prior to founding the agency, Falconer has contributed to the Financial Times, The Literary Supplement and Spectator Magazine and worked as an editor in London for publishers including Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Constable & Robinson and Granta Magazine. In 2012, Falconer was named the Literary Editor of the Asia Literary Review.

  • Quaisra Shahraz

    Quaisra Shahraz

    Qaisra Shahraz is a prize winning novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, Shahraz has living in Manchester, UK since childhood and gained two Master Degrees in English & Europian Literature and Scriptwriting for Television. Shahraz has been listed as on the 100 Influencial Pakistani Women in Pakistan’s Power 100 List (2012) and named as Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators partnership.

  • Mahsuda Snaith

    Mahsuda Snaith

    Mahsuda Snaith is a writer of short stories and novels. The winner of SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014, Bristol Short Story 2014 and a finalist in the Myslexia Novel Writing Competition 2013, Snaith’s debut novel “The Things WE Thought We Knew” is published by Doubleday. Residing in Leicester, Snaith leads writing workshops and teaching part-time in primary schools.

  • Roopa Farooki

    Roopa Farooki

    Roopa Farooki is an award winning novelist. In 2013 Roopa Farooki was awarded the John C. Laurence prize from the Authors' Foundation, in recognition of her multicultural writing. In 2007 her debut novel, “Bitter Sweets” was nominated for the Orange New Writers Award 2007. Roopa’s novels have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.

  • Rachel Dwyer

    Rachel Dwyer

    Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. Dwyer studied Sanskrit at SOAS, MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852).

  • Renate Sohnen-Thieme

    Renate Sohnen-Thieme

    Dr Renate Sohnen-Thieme is a lecturer at SOAS, University of London. Sohnen-Thieme teaches Classical languages (sanskrit) and History of Old Indian Literature (religious and secular). Professor Sohnen-Thieme has been published including “Die Geschichte der Apala in der altindischen Literature” (1996), contributing to 'Indra in the Harivamsa' (2009) and 'Six Balti Marsiyas' (2007).

  • Francesca Orsini

    Francesca Orsini

    Francesca Orsini is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at SOAS, University of London. Professor Orsini read Hindi at Venice University, Italy and the Central Institute of Hindi and Jawaharlal University before attending SOAS for her PHD. Orsis ran a research project on “North Indian Literary Culture and History” at SOAS reconsidering the fifteenth century, before the Mughals,. (“After Timur Left” was co-edited with Samira Sheikh in 2014) and performance, songs and story-telling (“Tellongs and Texts, co-edited with katherine Schofield in 2015).

  • Amarjit Chandan

    Amarjit Chandan

    Amarjit Chandan is a noted Punjabi poet and essayist. Born in Nairobi, Chandan has published eight collections of poetry and five books in essays in Punjabi. His poetry has appeared in anthologies and magazines across the world. He has edited and translated into Punjabi approximately 30 anthologies of Indian and world poetry, in addition to fiction by writers including Martin Carter and John Berger.

  • Adam Marek

    Adam Marek

    Marek is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and magazines and anthologies including The Sunday Times Magazine, and The Penguin Book of the British Short Story. He teaches creative writing for the Arvon Foundation, WordFactory and the writing group at Google in London.

  • Anuradha Roy

    Anuradha Roy

    Roy is an Indian novelist, journalist and editor, whose work has been translated into 15 different languages across the world. Her first two books have been highly commended and won prizes and her third book, Sleeping on Jupiter, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the DSC Prize for Fiction 2016.

  • Zoe Gilbert

    Zoe Gilbert

    Gilbert is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014 and has appeared in many publicatins iincluding Cinnamon, Labell, Lighthouse, and the British Fantasy Society Journal. Gilbert is also the co-founder of London Lit Lab, co-hosts the Short Story Club at the Word Factory, and chairs the Short Story Critique Group at Waterstones Piccadilly.

  • Jihyun Park

    Jihyun Park

    Park is North Korean refugee and survivor of human trafficking. She is an Outreach and Project Officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea, co-director of Stepping Stone, a Project Official of Connect NK and a language tutor at SOAS University of London.

  • Susmita Bhattacharya

    Susmita Bhattacharya

    Bhattacharya is a novelist, short story writer and poet who has been published in Wasafiri, Blue Tattoo and Planet, the Welsh Internationalist and Roundyhouse Magazine. She has received prizes from From Festival Writing, Plymouth City Council and the Sulekha Short Story Prize.

  • Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

    Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

    Bandyopadhyay has published nine novels and over fifty short stories since her controversial debut Shankini. Also a newspaper columnist and film critic, Sangeeta has recently moved from Kolkata to London. Tilted Axis will publish her novel Abandon, also translated by Arunava Sinha, in 2017.

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