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MaThida in conversation with Michelle Aung Thin on 6 June

May 01, 2024 IN WIP
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MaThida in conversation with Michelle Aung Thin, Thursday 6 June at The Wheeler Centre. Bookings necessary.

On Thursday 6 June, PEN Melbourne hosts an event with MaThida, author and Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee, a position she knows only too well having been imprisoned in appalling conditions from 1993 until 1999.  MaThida was sentenced to 20 years in Insein Prison for endangering public peace, having contact with illegal organisations, and distributing unlawful literature. Thida had been actively supporting Aung San Suu Kyi and is a prolific writer.
In 2016 Thida’s prison memoir was published; Prisoner of Conscience: My Steps through Insein Prison.
Her most recent book is A-maze:  While the Myanmar people have walked miles after miles, over hills after hills, and through pits after pits, their treasured destination of democracy remains far out of sight. But it will also describe how the 2021 Spring Revolution continues to soar relentlessly ahead, tearing down walls of this wretched maze despite being led into corner after corner. A-maze speaks to questions such as how has the Spring Revolution maintained its momentum? And most importantly, how are the Myanmar people

marching on towards their dream of democracy?

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International