maung-day-photo-300x200One of South-East Asia’s leading new poets and translators Maung Day will be visiting Edge Hill as the University’s first International Writer in Residence.

Maung, who has published five books of poetry in Burmese, a chapbook in English and has translated numerous books, will be at the University until early December.

During his residency, he will work with students, give talks and readings, offer tutorials and research for new poetry and poetics.

Dr James Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill said:

“The International Writer Residency at Edge Hill is an innovative new initiative which opens up the world of a writer’s life to students on campus. Maung Day is a writer from a country that has emerged from decades of Myanmar censorship. His experience as a poet, editor and translator allows students to fully participate in a dialogue of international writing and publishing whilst gaining editorial perspectives on their own work.

“We are delighted to have Maung Day with us and hope to keep the Residency developing through partnerships, such as with the British Council and organisations like The Tate Liverpool and UK-based writers and publishers. This is a project that helps a necessary shift from writing being seen as something culturally fixed or singular, one that celebrates the plurality of cultural experience and exchange, to further determine what it means to be a writer in the 21st century.”

The first of his talks Contemporary Burmese Poetry Post-Censorship, will be held on campus on Wednesday 30th November from 5-6pm and the event is free to attend. For more information or to reserve a place, just contact Dr James Byrne.

On Saturday 3rd December, Edge Hill’s Creative Writing department brings three leading international poets, Niall McDevitt (Ireland), Maung Day (Myanmar) and Edge Hill Creative Writing lecturer Dr James Byrne (England) to the Tate Exchange Liverpool space. They will create poetic responses to Tate Liverpool’s free display Tracey Emin & William Blake in Focus.

Maung Day and James Byrne will also lead a Creative Writing workshop on the day, which will ask writers to bring up to five pages of work that responds to the in Focus display. They will receive editorial advice and writing exercises on how to respond to visual artwork. The workshop be followed by an evening reading with all three poets.

Click here for more information about the event.