Press realse 29.8.2012
Norwegian Tibet Committee
Contact : Dechen Pempa and Chungdak Koren Tel +47 95024443, Oysten Alma +47 99378097
Suppressed Voices of Tibetan Writers To Be Highlighted at Bjørnson Festival of International Literature, Norway
29 August, 2012, Oslo: The suppressed voices of Tibetan writers will be highlighted at the upcoming Bjørnson Festival of International Literature in Molde, Norway.
Running from 29 August – 2 September 2012, the Festival will feature an event focusing on the plight of Tibetan writers and the severe curtailment of freedom of expression currently being seen inside Tibet. The speakers at the event on 1 September will be Chungdak Koren, representing the Norwegian Tibet Committee, and Dechen Pemba, Editor of High Peaks Pure Earth , a website that translates internet writings by Tibetans in Tibet and China. Moderating the event will be Øystein Alme from Voice of Tibet radio.
Since 2008, the website High Peaks Pure Earth has been translating from blogs inside Tibet and China and highlighting articles, poetry and songs, including many by artists who have been detained and sentenced to imprisonment for their cultural expressions. High Peaks Pure Earth serves as a platform in the English language for Tibetan cultural figures. Notable writers translated by High Peaks Pure Earth include Woeser and Jamyang Kyi.
Due to political sensitivities surrounding invitations to writers from Tibet, Dechen Pemba, editor of High Peaks Pure Earth will be speaking on the cultural climate in Tibet and giving examples of how Tibetan voices are being amplified in exile. Copies of a new publication “Yak Horns” by exile Tibetan writer Bhuchung D. Sonam will be on sale at the event, “Yak Horns” is a collection of commentaries on writings from Tibet.
The Bjørnson Festival of International Literature in Molde, Norway, is a prestigious annual event and is named after Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is considered, alongside Henrik Ibsen, to be one of the four great Norwegian writers. He was one of the original members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1903.