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How I wrote Burmese Light – in InDepth Magazine

My account on how I wrote Burmese Light, the illustrated book by photographer Hans Kemp in InDepth Magazine. Read the story on pages 20-23. Or read it right here… It really hit me while I was walking amongst the giant stone ruins of the former kingdom in Mrauk-U, which ruled much of Burma from the […]

Burmese Light reviewed at Woasis

Burmese Light, the beautiful illustrated book by photographer Hans Kemp with a text by myself, gets a great review at Woasis this week. “…both a wonderful introduction to as well as a useable memoir of a country that is increasingly the focus of travelers seeking to explore a world less traveled.” Read the full review […]

Conversation in the City of Angels

Shooting the breeze with my friend Cameron Cooper, editor of several Crime Wave Press titlees as well as my illustrated books Sacred Skin, Burmese Light and Cambodia, Journey through the Land of the Khmer, high above the Bangkok, City of Angels, a few nights ago. Photograph by Charlie Londs.,

Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese Light

Burmese politician and global human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi with a copy of Burmese Light, flanked by the book’s two authors in Mandalay during the Irrawaddy Literary Festival. She kept flicking to the end papers and went, “Hm, nice….” That’s what I thought as well.

Burmese Light at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival

Photograph by Lah Worawan Simaroj.

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival – A Mirror to Burma’s Continuing Uncertainties

I am at the second Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay, organized by Jane Heyn, the wife of the former British ambassador to Myanmar. This second festival is held in Mandalay and has been in preparation for almost a year. Top writers appearing this time around include Jung Chang, Louis de Bernieres, and Thant Myint U. […]

Crime Wave Press at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival

Very happy to travel to this year’s Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay, Burma from February 13th to 17th. Crime Wave Press will set off with a small delegation – author Jame DiBiasio, co-counder Hans Kemp and myself will be giving readings and participating in panel discussions. Looking forward to meeting lots of other authors, and […]

Burmese Light reviewed in Wildlife and Landscape Photography Magazine

Burmese Light, a new photo book by Hans Kemp to which I contributed the text, has recently been reviewed in Wildlife and Landscape Photography Magazine. Read another recent review of Burmese Light by Ron Gluckman for The Asia Wall Street Journal.

Burmese Light is #1 at Amazon UK!

Burmese Light is #1 at Amazon UK in books about Myanmar this week. We have had magnificent press coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and on Yahoo News.

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 […]

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