Media Clippings

A compilation of every mention of Indonesian writers, written on English/foreign-language media. See also What Media Say.

A Proud, Strong Woman

Jan 31, 2014 / Personal Blog by Bryce Alcock
Suprati Achdiat 1917 – 2014 On 16 January 2014, Suprati Achdiat passed away in Canberra at the age of 96. Suprati Noor, known as Tati, was the first child of a prominent business couple in ...

Literary award gives nod to historically themed work

Nov 27, 2013 / The Jakarta Post by Meghan Downes
As a bow to literary works that highlight controversial parts of Indonesian history, the Khatulistiwa Award honoured on Tuesday author Leila S. Chudori and poet Afrizal Malna, whose works shed light on the country’s past. ...

‘Women of Letters’ revives lost art with new voices

Oct 31, 2013 / The Jakarta Post by Novia D. Rulistia
“Dear all the women over the entire span of human history, I wish I knew how to help. “But not much has changed in some respects; why is there even the so called progressive society ...

Evenings with (reluctant) literary masters

Oct 27, 2013 / The Jakarta Post by Andreas D. Arditya
“Poems are inevitable. Every nation has its own poem,” said poet Abdul Hadi WM after reading a number of his Sufi-influenced poems at the Salihara Cultural Center in South Jakarta on Saturday. He is among ...

Dredging up the Dark Past: Indonesian Writers at Ubud

Oct 15, 2013 / Asian Books Blog by Michael Vatikiotis
Michael Vatikiotis is currently blogging from the 10th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. Here he writes about some of the featured Indonesian authors. Politics is a prominent and enduring theme of Indonesian art and literature. ...

Annie Tucker on Translating Eka Kurniawan

Sep 09, 2013 / PEN America by Annie Tucker
I was introduced to Eka Kurniawan while doing Ph.D. research in Java in 2011. Literary-minded friends described his work as “required reading” and him as “the next Pramoedya,” referring to Indonesia’s most famous novelist. I quickly acquainted myself with his writing, and soon after, with the author himself.

Women to Read: New Voices

Aug 11, 2013 / Personal Blog by A.C. Wise
Time and time again, we hear: “Women don’t read science fiction. Women don’t write science fiction.” We all know that’s bullshit. Time and time again, this cry is answered with examples to prove the statement ...

Makassar writers festival to open next week

Jun 23, 2013 / The Jakarta Post by Andreas D. Arditya
The Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) is set to roll for a third time from June 25 to 29 at Fort Rotterdam in Makassar, South Sulawesi. MIWF theme this year is My City, My Literature, emphasizing the importance of support given by the city and its citizens in developing literary events and the appreciation of literature.

Unlocking Indonesia Through An Exploration of Its Literature

Mar 10, 2013 / The Jakarta Globe by C.W. Watson
Reading novels is an excellent way of getting to know something about a country when one is newly arrived, doesn’t know much about it, and is going to be spending some time there. Certainly this ...

Mentors for Writers

Feb 26, 2013 / Personal Blog by Bryce Alcock
A writer never stops learning how to write. Having produced dribs and drabs of prose and poetry all my life, I imagined when I set out to write in earnest four years ago that I ...