It's official - the 2006 Kuala Lumpur Literary festival is on! Raman announced it in the latest edition of his litmag and was apparently waiting for the green light from the Deputy Prime Minister's wife.
Trouble is though, that to be truly international you need the cooperation of the foreign missions and corporate sponsors who will need to find funds, when their budgets will have presumably already been allocated for the year. I'm sure Raman would like the participation of really top writers from across the globe again, but most are booked out for events months if not years ahead. Seven months lead-time isn't very long!
Anyway, I wish Raman all the best for it because it is a noble effort. I'm sure he will learn have learned from the lessons of last time. (" ... a little chaotic" is what he called it. Yes, indeed. )
The other great news from Silverfish is that three of the stories in the New Writing series are to be dramatised a Singaporean TV production company. Congrats to Raman and to the writers involved.