Thursday 03 October 2013 - 00:00 to Sunday 06 October 2013 - 00:00
Mahachakri Sirindhorn Bld., Chulalongkorn University

Sunjeev Sahota, one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young British Novelists for 2013, and Dr Katy Shaw from the UK, world authority on 21st century literature, are among award winning writers and scholars who join ‘Reaching the World 2013’, an international conference on creative writing and literary translation and literary festival in Bangkok, 3 – 6 October 2013.

Reaching the World 2013, is Thailand’s premier literary event, presented by Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association (AP Writers) and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, in conjunction with UNESCO’s Bangkok World Book Capital 2013, that brings together more than 60 writers, scholars and publishers from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, UK, USA and Vietnam in Bangkok. This year’s theme is ‘Teaching and Practice’ and features a line up of keynote addresses, talks, panel discussions, readings and open mic sessions, creative writing workshops, book launches and a mini literary festival.

British Council is delighted to present Sunjeev Sahota, a young talented writer who was named one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young British Novelists for 2013 and Dr Katy Shaw, a world authority on 21st century literature from Brighton University at this event. British Council works with hundreds of writers, scholars, translators and publishers through a wide range of activities as part of our literature programme to promote cultural exchange and collaboration with the UK. 

The highlight programmes are;
Thursday 3 October (13.00 - 13.45)
Special Interview: Dr Katy Shaw talks to Sunjeev Sahota, one of the upcoming authors listed by Granta magazine as among 2013’s Best of Young British Novelists

Friday 4 October (9.00 - 9.30)
Keynote address: Dr. Katy Shaw on Granta's magazine's Best Young Novelists 2013, with a focus on the writers of Asian origin on the list. 

Sunday 6 October (11.10 - 12.30)
Bangkok International Literary Festival at BACC: How much fiction comes not from imagination but from life experince of the author. And how much memoir is fictionised? The session features Sunjeev Sahota (UK), Pascal Khoo Thwe (Burmese), Krys Lee (USA) and Jose Dalisay (Filipino) 

Reaching the World 2013 conference and workshop runs from 3– 5 October at Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Building, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, with the Sunday mini literary festival at Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre (BACC) on 6 October. For more information on the Reaching the World programme, please visit


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