Khmer Literature Festival; coming soon to Siem Reap

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Khmer Literature Festival; coming soon to Siem Reap

Post by Anchor Moy » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:33 am

Go books and bookworms! Great to see Cambodians trying to stir up some interest in reading and writing Khmer fiction. More Cambodians reading books can only be a good thing - I was really aghast when I realised that reading for pleasure was almost unknown here.
But of course, then you need to have some decent books in Khmer to get people interested in reading. Good luck to them and their new festival.
Phina So is on a mission to give Khmer literature a boost and is starting with what she hopes will be the first of many festivals celebrating local authors: a three-day event next month in Siem Reap. It is the first festival of its kind, and will be held in Siem Reap starting October 20.

She is one of five organisers who dreamt up the Khmer Literature Festival, three days of panel discussions, workshops and networking sessions for Khmer writers.

The organisers’ efforts are among many attempts through the years to encourage writing in Cambodia. Since 1995, the Khmer Writers’ Association has been giving out writing awards to Khmer authors – the Awarding Ceremony of the Preah Sihanouk Reach Award and the 7 January Award locally, and the Mekong River Literature Award, an international prize.

There is also the Kampot Writers and Readers Festival, held annually in November, while the recently created Saraswati Publishing has been organising writing competitions for local writers, among other activities. Both of those endeavours, however, are led by expatriates.

“The special thing about [the] Khmer Literature Festival is [that] its initiator is Khmer,” says Kim Dyna, a screenwriter and festival organiser. “The audience and speakers are mostly Cambodian.” ... -siem-reap
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Post by John Bingham » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:59 am

I've always found it very strange how disinterested most people here are in reading. It definitely needs to be encouraged.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:19 pm

Khmer literature festival draws bookworms
31 October 2017
Held at Wat Damnak and Wat Bo in Siem Reap province, the Khmer Literature Festival was a success, drawing about 500 people. The three-day event included many panels involving young writers, aspiring writers, and bookworms.

So Phina, director of the festival, said the event was an opportunity for participants to think about the value and meaning of Khmer literature. It encouraged reading and motivated people to write and read more.

Sovann Luch, 15, a student from Liger Learning Centre, said that in the past he had attended events focusing on literature in English, but he jumped at the opportunity to attend the Khmer Literature Festival. He said he registered to join because he wants to promote and preserve Khmer literature.

“It is very constructive; I can meet young writers and learn how to write novels and poetry from them. I know that some Cambodian students don’t speak and know their native language well, yet I encourage all writers to write more because students will understand it one day,” said Mr Luch.

Mr Luch suggested students read more books rather than spending their time using electronic gadgets and visiting platforms such as Facebook or playing games. He said he wants to see more such events, preferably held annually, in order to promote awareness among students regarding Khmer literature... ... bookworms/
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