PEN ap­points au­thor-in­res­i­dence

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - NYEIN EI EI HTWE nyeineiei­htwe@mm­times.com

POET, writer and artist Suu Mei Aung has won a Res­i­dency Artist Pro­gram award from PEN Myan­mar writ­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion. Now she has to write a book.

To be spe­cific, she has to write a book in about six weeks.

PEN Myan­mar as­so­ci­a­tion in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the award in Septem­ber, and of the 20 who came for­ward, it was Suu Mei Aung who won. In ad­di­tion to re­ceiv­ing K1.5 mil­lion, she has to com­plete a novel be­tween Novem­ber 1 to De­cem­ber 15 (the as­so­ci­a­tion pro­vides her with meals and a place to write).

PEN is look­ing for a strong and sig­nif­i­cant plot and a fresh and cre­ative writ­ing style to show­case Myan­mar lit­er­a­ture and spur PEN’s ef­forts to de­velop lo­cal fic­tion.

Suu Mei Aung told The Myan­mar Times she would write about her own life, em­ploy­ing a half-diary, half­nar­ra­tive form she said had never been at­tempted in Myan­mar.

“I was gui­tar-crazy since child­hood. There were very few gui­tar classes, but I wanted to learn with all my heart. I mar­ried a gui­tarist and we per­formed at Mr Gui­tar restau­rant for a liv­ing,” she said.

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