Monday, July 27, 2009

BiblioTour Guide

Apologies in advance for not blogging much over the next day or two. The International Anthony Burgess Sympozium starts tomorrow at the Istana Hotel. I am so excited that the event has come to Malaysia (as a result of the success of our Burgess evening last year).

I have the chance to play tour guide on Wednesday for a trip to Kuala Kangsar. The delegates have come from around the world and we will be joined by members of Badan Warisan Malaysia.

We'll be visiting both Malay College where Burgess taught (as Mr. J.B. Wilson) and SMK Raja Perumpuan Kalsom which is housed in the old Residency building, better known as King's Pavilion when it was Malay College's prep school. It was here that Burgess lived with his wife Lynn, and wrote Time for a Tiger, the first part of The Malayan Trilogy.

Besides the literary hagiography (!) we will also do the usual Kuala Kangsar sights - the Ubudiah Mosque and the plethora or palaces around Bukit Chandan. If you don't know the town, do go take a trip up there some time. It's probably the prettiest Malaysian town, with plenty of historical stuff to explore.

So if there's nothing much new on the blog for a while, panic not. There are sure to be adventures to be written up.


Anonymous said...

Have fun and may it be a great success!

- Poppadumdum

dreamer idiot said...

Enjoy! All your work in fruition :)

Anonymous said...

Have a great time, Sharon. We know how much time, effort and love you put into this. By the way, are there any sessions that are open to the public?


BorneoExpatWriter said...

Have fun and network so something even bigger and more beneficial for others in Malaysia can come out of this.