So I finally got around to listening to the first of the Reith Lectures being given by Aung San Suu Kyi this morning. The topic was ‘Liberty’ and included a frank, rational but passionate analysis of what the idea of freedom means to this most incredible of women. I know it’s very cool to harp on about how great Aung San Suu Kyi is and I normally shy away from those sorts of personality cults, but I refuse to be put off by that.
Suu Kyi is a genuinely inspiring person whose quiet dignity under adversity should be an example to us all.
I actually wrote a short story inspired by Suu Kyi last year, which was published as a part of the 2010 Anthology of New Asian Writing. The story can be read here. I don’t want to post it here, as I don’t want to take custom away from their website.
Strangely, I just got an email asking me to submit a story for their 2011 anthology, and have had an idea knocking about lately set in the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami, so I might get started on writing that this week.