My name is Michelle Aung Thin. I am a writer and academic.
In 2017,I was the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow for Australian Writing (supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust). I examined the personal papers of Gordon Hannington Luce, one of Europe’s foremost scholars on Burma who lived in the country for over 50 years. My research helped shape my book project about returning to Burma, land of my birth, for the first time. Here is a link to the talk I gave about the experience called Love, loss and the last days of Rangoon
Meet me at the Intersection is a collection of work by new and emerging writers who are often overlooked by traditional publishing projects. Here is an extract of the essay I contributed to that collection, How to be different, republished on SBS Life.
Hosina – Through my eyes, is a novel, commissioned by Allen & Unwin, tells the story of Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing through the eyes of a 14 year old girl who must take charge of her household. Publication is scheduled for 2019.
Tea ceremony is a short story about Melbourne in a heat wave and the loyalties we find when we get sweaty. I an working towards a collection. https://overland.org.au/previous-issues/issue-231/fiction-michelle-aung-thin/
I now travel to Myanmar quite frequently. With every visit I realise that modern Myanmar is almost impossible to read without a clear sense of its history. Here’s a link to a panel at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, sponsored by Monash University’s Asia Institute. Along with Rebecca Lim and Alice Pung, I talk about narrating a multicultural past, including Rangoon’s days as a cosmopolitan port city.
By the way, the Secretariat, pictured above, is now home to regular art shows, including a current show that offers a fascinating glimpse into Burmese history told through resurrected photographs.
To buy a copy of my first book, The Monsoon Bride, published by Text, click here.