Come See Me at the Ubud Writers Festival in Bali this October

I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting on a number of panels at the Ubud Writers Festival in Bali this October. Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event. The mission of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is to create a world class festival that celebrates extraordinary stories and amplifies brave voices; tackles global issues and big ideas. In short: it should be one hell of a get together, with over 30,000 people expected to attend. So, if you are in Indo stop by! I will post the exact dates of my readings when I know them so check back often.



Holy Mountain Trading Company

Hi All,

I just want to send this link out into hyperspace. Holy Mountain Trading Company, which specializes in exotic teas from around the world is featuring Still Lifes from a Vanishing City on their website. Check it out and while you are there buy some of their tea. The Iron Goddess is, well, strong and amazing. Just like you would expect.

Nice Review of Still Lifes on DasaBooks!

“The author spent over a year wandering around the vintage architectural marvels of Yangon, Myanmar, documenting the insides of the city’s grand old Colonial buildings, many of which were being demolished by the new wave of “investors” that had descended upon the city. In her introduction to this book, Rush notes that she “wasn’t interested in the architecture so much as the lives that took place inside it.” Indeed, rather than showing only photos of these crumbling architectural marvels, Rush takes you inside the buildings, and inside the lives of the inhabitants, via stunning photographs and revealing essays. Additional essays included in this book were written by noted author Emma Larkin (Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop) and Thant Thaw Kaung.”


Thanks Dasa!

Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar published by Global Directions Press



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Here is what Emma Larkin has to say about it: “Elizabeth made good use of the strange days just before this awakening to venture into the lost world of downtown Yangon, but it was not the large edifices of Empire that attracted her attention. Rather, she focused on the shop houses and private residences that line the alleyways and it is here, in these forgotten and secluded spaces, that the city’s real secrets have been kept. After all, it was not – in the bad old days of the Burmese regime – just those who were overtly political who had to succumb to the silence. In a world where anyone accused or perceived of being on the wrong side of the regime could end up in prison with no legal recourse, people turned inwards by necessity. Only behind closed doors was it safe to indulge in private obsessions and the day-to-day worries of making ends meet. Elizabeth’s essays and images capture the interior lives diligently maintained despite the dictatorship’s powerfully effacing reach.”