1 November 2016 | 3-5pm | RAFFLES LE ROYAL PRESS LAUNCH

2 November 2016 | 4-9pm | RAFFLES LE ROYAL “An Evening with The Writers”

Kampot Readers & Writers Festival
4 November 2016 | 5-7pm | RIVER BOAT CRUISE HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA with Laura Jean McKay

5 November 2016
9am-Noon | NAT BUNGALOWS | WRITING BY THE RIVER in conversation with Laura Jean McKay

5 November 2016
12-2pm | COLUMNS | THE 4th ESTATE The Role of the Media in Cambodia Today

6 November 2016
9-11am | KAMA – THE KAMPOT PRESS CLUB Keynote address with Kosal Kiev, Helen Jarvis, Kalyan Ky


Kalyan Ky is an award-winning businesswomen, writer, activist, and philanthropist. Kalyan’s family fled Cambodia as refugees after the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent civil war. They originally settled in New Zealand before migrating to Australia.

She is currently the CEO of the Trade Partnership Centre (TPC), which aims to foster and facilitate closer economic and societal connections between Cambodians and the rest of the world. In addition to her work with the TPC, Kalyan is a board member of the Cambodia-based Professional Research Institute for Management and Economics (PRIME), President of the Cambodia Australia New Zealand Exchange Mission (CANZEM), and actively supports several Cambodian school and child welfare organisations. She is currently in the process of launching the National Press Club of Cambodia (NPCC) to promote press freedom and peaceful dialogue. Behind all of these projects is a desire to promote economic development, peaceful cooperation, and individual freedom in Cambodia.

Kalyan has been a long-time advocate for multiculturalism and refugee inclusion in Australia. Originally working through the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network and the Ethnic Youth Council, in 2011 Kalyan was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year for Greater Dandenong. She has subsequently been appointed to the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Regional Advisory Council, and served as an Australia Day Ambassador. She is the author of several short stories and a book of poetry, and is a regular speaker at events including writers’ festivals in Australia and Cambodia.