The third day of Literary Conference 2017 was conducted with the theme of “Free Literature, Free Voice” yesterday at the Myanmar Convention Centre, Ward 4, Mayangone Township, Yangon, where representatives from literary organisations discussed poetry, culture, education, literature and youth.
The day’s event was held in six different groups. The discussion leaders, titles of the talks, and the participants in yesterday’s morning session included:
Maung Kyu Yint, “Modern Poem Culture”, O Aung, Hlaing Htat and Moe Kyaw Aung.
Maung Sein Win (Padigone), “Existence of National Culture”, Maung Khin Min (Danuphyu), San San Nwe (Thayawaddy), Myin Mu Maung Naing Moe, Myay Lat Maung Myint Thu of Myanmar Writers Association.
Kaung Thant, “Connection Between Literature and Education”, Gone Du U Thein Naing, Dr. Khin Muang Nyo, U Bone (Datu-Mandalay) and Maung Dipa (Education).
Myanmar Poets’ Union, Min Htat Maung, “Modern Poetry and National Literature Award”, Maung Think Khaing, Ko Yway, Lupa Aung and San Nyein Oo (Myitawkyunpaw).
Kyi Naing, Myanmar Writers’ Union, “Status of Essay or Aesthetic Work in Today’s Literature”, Maung Yint Ma (Kyaungkone), Maung Khaing Latt, Min Charm Mon and Myaylat Maung Myint Thu.
Pen Myanmar, Mi Charm Wei, “The Part of Ethnic National Literature”, Khin Ma Ma Myo, A Phyu Yaung (Shwe) and Moe Pan Mon (Yamanya).
In the afternoon session:
Myanmar Writers’ Union, Mya Hnaung Nyo, “Status of Current Myanmar Novels”, Khin Mya Zin, Cha Ei Mahn (Mandalay), Htat Naing (Talotemyo) and Thado.
Upper Myanmar Writer Association, San Nyein Oo, “Today’s Poem”, Maw Min Than, Nyi (Pakokku) and Lin Thet Nyein.
Aung Soe Oo, “Literature and Movies, Music, Dance, Painting and Cartoons”, Maung Myo Min (Yin Twin Phyit), Diramo, cartoonist Aung Aung and Nyein Min.
May Kyawt Shin, “Successive Myanmar Literature and Youth”, Khin Thu Thu Winm, Aung Shan Wine and Khaing Chit Aung.
Ma Thida (Sanchaung), Pen Myanmar, “Toward International Literature Circles”, Saya Win Nyein, Pascal Khoo Thwe and Myay Hmon Lwin.
Saya Zaw Lwin Oo, “Downward Aesthetic Work”, Saya Aung San Min, Myint Swe, Zaw Win and Nyunt Swe.
Maw Nwe, Pen Myanmar, “Freedom to Innovate in Poetry and Sustainability”, Maung Saung Kha and Maung Phyo Wei.
Gone Du U Thein Naing, Myanmar Literature Lovers Association, “Maintaining Classic Literature and Classic Poems”, Saya U Aye Cho (M.A), Thuya Zaw, Cho Mya Nwe and U Myo Thant (Maung Phone Pyae – Takkatho).
U Soe Myint, “Future Path of Writers”, Saya Myo Win, Aung Soe, Tint Lwin and Maung Myint.
Saya Maung Ni Oo, Upper Myanmar Writer’s Association, “Poet Life’s General Rights, Right to Safeguard and Duties”, Saya Okka Kyaw, Maung Nay Thit (Ye U), Maung Than Soe (Chauk).
Dan Feng, Myanmar Translation Network, “How to Build a Bridge Between Languages”, Kate Griffin, Nasir Tamarai and Moe That Han.
Writer Hnin Wai Nyein, Myanmar Writers Club, “Writer and Literature Influences”, San San Nwe (Thayawaddy), Mahn (Taung Lone Pyan) and Ko Yo Kunt.
Writer Ma Thida (Sanchaung) of Pen Myanmar later commented on the pros and cons of the discussions.
“I participated in leading a discussion in the conference. In my discussion, I’m very much satisfied by the discussions of Saya Kyaw Win and Ko Tar. However, as the conference was held after (being held) 55 years (ago), there are some shortcomings on the side of the conference organisers. On the side of the speakers, there are many weaknesses in understanding the roundtable discussion. As there was no prior tradition of doing this, some conduct it like delivering a speech. The main point of this conference is to come up with suggestions and proposals. But it becomes a discussion on a topic or a subject. There are weaknesses in coming up with concrete suggestions and proposals”, Ma Thida said. “Some speakers are noticed to come as a member of a group and their discussions were based on a particular group. The discussions are not specifically on literature and become drawn out, taking a lot of time. As the conference was being held after a long time had passed, so maturity is lacking. For the conference to become a mature one, it needs to be held in the following years.”
The four-day literary conference ends today. In the first three days, more than 200 literature experts and writers participated in the discussions. Writers, literati, and invited guests were in attendance.
“The three days discussion includes some similar topics. Our committee is reviewing the discussions. Discussion of the same topic will be combined and on the final day (today) announcement on decisions and agreements will be announced”, said conference organising committee vice chairman and poet Maung Swe Thit.