Linda Lewin is an artist and jewellery maker based in Stobo. Her very deep and personal relationship with Burma (Myanmar) gives energy to this illustrated talk. It opens in Burma in the 1920s when a very young boy named Bo Lay was his own hero in a world of adventures populated with exotic actors: Karen people, the Burmans, Chinese merchants, Indian coolies, French nuns, English and Italian priests, British administrators, Scottish nurses and midwives.
The story powers forwards to today, to Linda’s Angels with Broken Wings, the ordinary people of Myanmar, the artists determined to tell the truth about their country, the young people desperate for education, parents who want better lives for their children and religious leaders who provide material and spiritual support for their communities.
Bo Lay is Linda’s father, his story is rich in extraordinary detail about the Burma he was forced to flee in 1942, when he was just 11 years old and his country was about to be devastated by war. Linda is a regular visitor to Myanmar where she uses art to teach English, working with a charity that supports young people in education in the Irrawaddy Delta area and the town of Pathein.
Linda says “They have all welcomed me as a family member and I wait with them for peace, prosperity and democracy to take root within the borders of Myanmar.”