12 Questions with Ali Ali-Nasani, Director of Heinrich Böll Foundation

You are the Country Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Cambodia. Can you describe what the organisation does? The German Heinrich Böll Foundation works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness. We maintain a world wide network with currently 33 international offices. Key areas of our activities include the promotion of women’s rights, […]

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LUKE HUNT SPEAKS WITH THE KRWF GAZETTE: ON PROPAGANDA, OPINION AND GETTING THE STORY STRAIGHT

Luke Hunt came to journalism in the early 1980s after traveling through what was then some of the world’s trouble-spots, including Northern Ireland and the south of Morocco. Hunt initially worked for Australian Associated Press and then Agence France-Presse where he served as bureau chief in Afghanistan and Cambodia and later as Deputy Economics Editor […]

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12 QUESTIONS WITH UBUD WRITERS FESTIVAL FOUNDER JANET DE NEEFE

“I think all countries face their own kind of censorship and conversations are always necessary to make sense of this world. Communication is the key to understanding.”   You are the founder of the Ubud Writers Festival, an idea which came to you in the wake of the Bali bombings. What made you think of […]

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NINE QUESTIONS AND AN EXCLAMATION: JENI CAFFIN SHARES THOUGHTS ON WRITER’S FESTIVALS WITH KRWF GAZETTE

If I wanted to compose a trivia question in which the answer was Jeni Caffin, what might I ask? How about: What literary festival director once shared an apartment with a fellow theatre student named Mel Gibson? So you got your start in acting? My parents insisted I get a university degree first, so at […]

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Make the world you want to live in: Sophiline Cheam Shapiro speaks with Camha Pham for the KRWF Gazette

Rich traditions and a unique sense of aesthetics make Khmer culture special. When I present traditional dances, I try to make the work as impeccably true to the form as possible while also making new works that forge a unique kind of modernism from within this venerable lineage. 1. You were 8 years old when […]

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MAGNUS SAEMUNDSSON

FROM ICELANDIC SAGAS TO CAMBODIAN EPICS: MAGNUS SAEMUNDSSON SPEAKS WITH THE KRWF GAZETTE You are Senior Education Advisor at SIDA, can you tell us this organisation, how you have come to this role and what have you learned during your tenure? Sida is the Swedish Governmental agency for development cooperation established in the mid-sixties with […]

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JUNG CHANG: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE KRWF GAZETTE

JUNG CHANG: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE KRWF GAZETTE Please tell, what has prompted you to visit Cambodia? To attend Kampot Readers & Writers Festival. When did you realise you were ‘a writer’? In 1991, when Wild Swans was published. Wild Swans is described as first real insight into life under the Chinese Communist party, what […]

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KRWF GAZETTE: A WORD WITH CLINT

Describe your first impressions of Kampot? Oh what a lovely little funky riverside town! I mean even Phnom Penh is pretty laid-back, especially compared to Sydney or Saigon, but Kampot is down-home and I love it. I love the steamy heat and the way that time seems to move so slow, like the river. You’ve […]

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KRWF Cambodian Songwriter’s Prize $5,000

KRWF Cambodian Songwriter’s Prize package valued at $5,000 $1000 cash 3 Days Professional Recording studio recording at 60 Road Studios, Siem Reap. Valued at $2000 1 x professional video clip produced by KAMA studios. Valued at $2000 1 half day photo shoot with renowned photographer. Valued at $2000 live presentation at Kampot Readers & Writers […]

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KRWF Cambodian Emerging Writer’s Prize

KRWF Cambodian Emerging Writer’s Prize. Send us your short story! and win international return flights, visas and accommodation worth over $2,000. This year KRWF is going digital and calling for Cambodian writers to send us 2000 words in English or Khmer or your voice recording (up to 5mins) telling us your story. What you choose […]

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Interview: A few words with our festival founder Julien Poulson

    1. Why Kampot? It seems to be a little on the remote side, so what is the inspiration behind this event and the location? Kampot is South-East Asia’s worst-kept secret. It is a town nestled between the mountains and the sea with a wonderful river—the Praek Teuk Chhu—snaking its way down from the […]

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