Media Clippings

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

A Look Into Makassar’s Literary Culture

May 26, 2014 / The Jakarta Globe by Sylviana Hamdani
"It’s a brave step to organize an international festival in the middle of nowhere,” said Lily, with a laugh. “But it’s a great starting point to develop new literary talents in the city." About 30 Indonesian and international writers have been invited to the four-day festival.

Kate Griffin: Taking literature to a new level

Apr 28, 2014 / The Jakarta Post by Niken Prathivi
A self-professed book lover, Kate Griffin travels the world to discover inspiring literature. When she finds them, Griffin, who is the international program director for the British Center for Literary Translation (BCLT), makes them available in English. “When people find out that I work for the BCLT, they often assume I’m a translator myself. But I’m not. I’m a reader,” Griffin says. BCLT was set up in 1989 by the German writer, WG Sebald, at the University of East Anglia. BCLT is a small center, but it works with a lot of partners in the UK and around the world.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2015: How serious is Indonesia in promoting its culture, literature?

Apr 06, 2014 / The Jakarta Post by Niken Prathivi
At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, Indonesia will be the event’s guest of honor, offering the nation a chance to show the world that it has tremendous wealth of culture and literature. The event will ...

Indonesian books, crossing continents

Apr 06, 2014 / The Jakarta Post by Niken Prathivi
Indonesia is a culturally rich country, as evidenced by the growing number of literary works. However, at the international level, Indonesian letters are still underappreciated — something that can be attributed to the dearth of ...

Jakarta’s ASEAN Literary Festival Spotlights Regional Realities

Apr 01, 2014 / Publishing Perspectives by Claudia Kaiser
Indonesia holds several literature festivals, including the Ubud Litarture Festival on Bali and another in Makassar, amongst others. But earlier this month from, March 21-23, the capital Jakarta played host to the first ASEAN Literary ...

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. ...