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PEN Lecture: Writing From Prison in Myanmar

Two previously imprisoned writers share their hopes for Myanmar’s future

Sean Turnell (photo credit Nik)
Ma Thida (photo credit Ole Witt)
Thursday 23 May 2024
Event Code: 35
Sean Turnell spent almost two years in Myanmar’s terrifying Insein Prison, accused of being a spy. Ma Thida was also incarcerated there, where, denied medical treatment, she came very close to dying.

How did they survive? What hope do these important players in Myanmar’s government and politics hold for the return of democracy three years after the military seized power in a coup? In conversation with Catherine Renshaw.
Presented in partnership with PEN Sydney.
Carriageworks, Bay 24
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015