Scottish Refugee Week event

'Fascist Disneyland': Letters from Burma

Readings by Iain Banks, Liz Lochhead and Sarah Boyack MSP
— Part of Scottish Refugee Week

Event: This key event in Scottish Refugee Week is centred on readings from the letters of imprisoned Burmese Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Iain Banks, Liz Lochhead and Sarah Boyack MSP will give readings from 'Letters from Burma' by the human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi. The letters are a collection of writings from her six-year period of imprisonment in Rangoon, and were originally published in the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Daily News. They paint a vivid picture of her native land and display her vision and commitment to political and ethnic harmony.

The event is to mark the occasion of Aung San Suu Kyi being given the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh on Saturday 18 June, the day before her 60th birthday. She remains a prisoner of Burma's military regime.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be a special display of Burmese related material from the National Library's collection.

Date: Tuesday 21 June 2005
Time: 7pm
Venue: Causewayside Building (Map Library), National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SL
Cost: Free, places can be booked in advance
Contact: 0131 623 3845,

Additional information

The Library is holding a second event in relation to Burma and Scottish Refugee Week.

'The Hour of Blazing Clouds: Storytelling and Puppets from Burma' takes place on Saturday 25 June at 2pm at the National Library of Scotland's George IV Bridge Building.

Tales with a twist vividly illustrated by 19th century Burmese puppets. Once banned and burned by the military junta, puppets give an insight into an ancient and remarkable culture.

The event is free and all ages are welcome. Group bookings also welcome.

Places can be booked by calling the Events Line, 0131 623 3845, or email

16 June 2005

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