Viet Nam Holds the First Indochina Writer Meeting

12 writers from Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia whose works selected by the writer associations of the three countries will receive the Mekong Literature Award at the first Indochina Writer Meeting taking place today in Ha Noi.

Poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the Viet Nam Writer Association.

The writers are Chanthy Deuansavanh (chairman of the Laotian Writer Association), Pheolavanh Luangvana and Chanthone Thiengthebvongsa from Lao; Va Sam Ath (Deputy chairman of the Writer Association of Khmer), Pol Pisey, Poan Phoung Bopha and Sou Chamroeun from Cambodia; Van Linh, Tran Cong Tan, Bui Binh Thi, Van Le and Nguyen Quoc Trung from Viet Nam.
The Indochina Writer Meeting aims at creating an opportunity for writers of the three countries to exchange experiences and information of literatures in the region.

The event to take place every year is a result of a meeting between the chairmen of the writer associations of the three countries in October, 2006.

“On the occasion the writer associations of the three countries will choose their best literary works for the Mekong Literature Award” said poet Huu Thinh, Chairman of the Viet Nam Writer Association.

“The gathering focuses on training young writers, especially translators, because the development of literary translation plays an important role in giving us a deep knowledge of the land, people, history and culture of our neighbors through literary works” he added.

By Thuy Van – Translated by Kim Khanh

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