The George Town Literary Festival Persists through the Pandemic

By William Tham

January 2021 FEATURE
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GTLF 2019’s co-directors Pauline Fan and Sharaad Kuttan returned for 2020’s challenging version.
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THE INITIAL PLANS for the 2020 George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) were for it to be celebratory – to look back on 10 years of work, while also looking forward. But now, on the other side of the looking glass, the festival took place just as the latest CMCO was extended virtually nationwide, and amid political and economic crises whose resolutions are far from over.GTLF 2019’s co-directors Pauline Fan and Sharaad Kuttan returned for 2020’s challenging version, joined by curator...

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William Tham

first novel, Kings of Petaling Street, was shortlisted for the Penang Book Prize in 2017. His second novel, The Last Days, was published in 2020. He is the editor of Paper & Text, a collection of essays on Malaysian literature and the book trade.