Tom Vater

Tom Vater

Irreverent, informed and downright eclectic crime fiction and reportage from Southeast Asia and beyond

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My catalogue of field recordings from Asia at The British Library.

Between 1995 and 2004 I recorded several hundred hours of music and sounds from Asia for The British Library’s National Sound Archive – material from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Nepal. I recorded mostly the music of minorities and musicians in remote rural locations. I released several CD collections of […]

Democracy in Southeast Asia – A Story Untold

I was recently commissioned by a Thai English language magazine to write a short satirical piece abut Democracy in SE Asia.  After much back and forth, the publication decided not to go ahead with the article, apparently due to the current political climate in Thailand. In the West – by which I generally mean the […]

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

The UBUD Writers and Readers Festival Panels Online

While I was at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali last October, I took part in three panel discussions that have no gone online as audio files. You can listen to: Check out Forget the 60s, Writing to the Power of E and Give me the World. Other highlights include talks with Nick […]

Riding the Crime Wave – CWP in ASIA LIFE Magazine

Everyone has a good book in them so they say, Asia’s first English-language crime publishing house looks set to put that adage to the test. Mark Bibby Jackson interviews me about all things Crime Wave Press in this month’s ASIA LIFE Magazine, both in the Thailand and Cambodia edition. I get to talk about crime […]

With Nick Cave in Bali

Had the pleasure of meeting Nick Cave at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali last week to talk books, writing and music and cinema…. Wanna die? Check out this short film by Marc Eberle on Srey Thy of The Cambodian Space Project meeting Nick Cave in Bali.

Srey Thy sings The Cambodian Book of the Dead

Chanteuse extraordinaire Srey Thy of The Cambodian Space Project performs for the launch of my novel The Cambodian Book of the Dead, published by Crime Wave Press, at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali, Indonesia. It was a real pleasure to have her sing for my reading. Wonderful coming together of music and […]

Crime Wave Press at UBUD Writers and Readers Festival

Crime Wave Press, Asia’s brand new crime fiction publishing house is launching The Cambodian Book of the Dead, my second crime novel, at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival today!!! I will read from the book after Cambodian Chanteuse Srey Thy who usually fronts The Cambodian Space Project opens the launch.  

The UBUD Writers and Readers Festival on Flickr

The official photographs of the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival 2012 in Bali on Flickr.

UBUD Writers & Readers Festival Diary by Aroon Thaewchatturat

This week, I am at the UBUD Writers and Readers Festival in Bali to present my books Sacred Skin (with co-author and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, published by Visionary World) and The Cambodian Book of the  Dead (published by Crime Wave Press). I will also be taking part in several panel discussions. Owner of Visionary World […]

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