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Thailand’s Unspoilt Islands in The Daily Telegraph

Thailand’s unspoilt islands: Paradise mapped Looking for the perfect beach in Thailand? Tom Vater, our local expert, reveals his favourite island secrets… Read the full text here. Or check out this wonderful photo series presenting Thailand’s most sumptuous and low key hideaways.  

Crime Wave Press publish first YA title – The Murder Boys by John B Bliss

Crime Wave Press have published their first Young Adult crime novel – The  Murder Boys. I had a lot of fun editing this gripping and touching story that took place during an English summer almost four decades ago. “It will stay with you for life boy. Either way you’ll pay for it in your soul, […]

British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater

Hmong Lao Khaen player in Vientiane 2001 The British Library holds a small but significant collection of Lao material, consisting of manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals and post cards, mainly acquired after 1973. However, the oldest items in Lao language date back to the 19th century. The earliest book about Laos is in Italian and […]

British Library launches campaign to save the sounds of history

My writing career started right here, at the British Library’s National Sound Archive. I went to see them in 1993 after my first return from India. I was interested in the music of indigenous communities in the region and approached the National Sound Archive’s International Music Collection with an offer of recording and documenting the […]

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

Thailand: Murder in the Land of Smiles in The Diplomat

The country’s tourism sector is taking a hit following a high-profile murder case and a bungled police response. My report in last week’s The Diplomat.

RocknRoll Interlude – On Tour with The London Dirthole Company

I’ve been on tour with The London Dirthole Company, legendary London based noise creatives. The music made by The London Dirthole Company is a joyful ride into the world of the modern Outsider artist as a musical phenomena. As out of time and place and unreservedly important as The Fall, The Monks and The Velvet […]

Burmese Light rocks London

My new non fiction title Burmese Light has been subject of photographer Hans Kemp‘s exhibition at the OXO Tower Gallery in London this week. The private view on the 10th was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and see plenty of new faces interested in the magical light of Southeast Asia. We […]

The Cambodian Book of the Dead – The Movie – Directed by Gerhard Joren

Director and photographer Gerhard Joren has produced a 7 minute short film of myself reading from The Cambodian Book of the Dead, my new novel out with Exhibit A Books now. The film was shot in Bangkok in May 2013. It’s release coincides with the publication of The Cambodian Book of the Dead in the […]

The Cambodian Book of the Dead Launch at The Big Green Bookshop in London

The London launch of my new thriller The Cambodian Book of the Dead went off beautifully, with lots of old friends and new readers showing up to my reading. Thanks to everyone who turned up! Commissioning editor Emlyn Rees from Exhibit A Books did the best introduction I’ve ever had and the Q&A was interesting. […]

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