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The Travels of Marco Yolo: Blazing Trails where Marco Polo Feared to Go

  My friend Marco Ferrarese has published his latest and very very cool travel anthology, The Travels of Marco Yolo: Blazing Trails where Marco Polo Feared to Go.   It’s a great read that jumps all over Asia and the Middle East, including some pretty obscure and remote corners, proving that good travel writing survives […]

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 […]

British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater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

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Sacred Skin of Indonesia

Photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat and myself will be giving a talk on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, sak yant, in Bali at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival next week. We will be presenting our recently published book Sacred Skin on October 6th at Bar Luna, Jl. Gootama at 7pm. Here’s a great article on Indonesia‘s long and […]