Media Clippings


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


Jakarta Arts Council names winners of novel-writing contest

Dec 06, 2018 / Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) has announced the winners of Sayembara Novel DKJ (DKJ Novel Writing Contest) 2018, which was held on Tuesday at Teater Kecil of the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) cultural center in Central Jakarta. Felix K. Nesi, author of Orang-Orang Oetimu (Oetimu People), was named the winner and received a cash prize of Rp 20 million ($1389). Ahmad Mustafa, who penned Anak Gembala yang Tertidur Panjang di Akhir Zaman (The Shepherd who Oversleeps an Era), was named the runner-up and granted Rp 15 million ($1042), while the writer of Balada Supri (The Ballad of Supri), Mochammad Nasrullah, came third and brought home a prize of Rp 10 million ($695).

Indie bookstores emphasize curation

Jul 23, 2018 / Jakarta Post
Scores of literature enthusiasts and artists crowded the newly renovated hall of Aksara bookstore in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Saturday evening as the retailer celebrated its recent collaboration with Post Santa Bookshop, also based in South Jakarta, to focus on alternative literature and serve as a community center. “Today marks a very important milestone. Aksara has officially switched gears to prioritize books by authors from the alternative literature scene, which has notably gained traction as of late,” Aksara creative director Aninda Simanjuntak said.

Dee Lestari, Hanif Kureishi among speakers at upcoming UWRF

Jul 17, 2018 / Jakarta Post
Bali's 2018 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) has announced its line up of speakers, which, among others, features writer Dewi "Dee" Lestari, often touted as a pioneer of modern Indonesian literature, and Balinese litterateur behind the Kelas Cerpen Kompas (Kompas Short Story Class), Putu Fajar Arcana. As reported by Antara news agency, UWRF is slated for Oct. 24-28. Another guest confirmed is Haidar Bagir, a writer, philanthropist and founder of one of Indonesia's largest publishers, Mizan Group. Haidar recently received the Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award after holding an interfaith dialogue, according to a press release.

Balai Pustaka, TVRI to make ‘Siti Nurbaya’ television series

Jul 05, 2018 / Jakarta Post
Marah Rusli's classic novel Siti Nurbaya is set to grace the small screen, as state-owned publisher Balai Pustaka and television station TVRI get working on a modern adaptation with the aim of reintroducing the tale about arranged marriage to millennials. Speaking during the inauguration of the Istana Peradaban (Palace of Civilization) at Balai Pustaka's headquarters in Jakarta earlier this week, the publishing company's president director Achmad Fachrodji said both parties were still discussing story ideas in order to suit today's audience, which he said was dominated by millennials.

A writer’s festival in Makassar: The secret to its success — people power!

May 09, 2018 / Personal Blog by Jan Cornall
It’s been a while since I attended a festival in Indonesia. Last decade I was a regular visitor to Java, taking part in Utan Kayu Bienale, (Jakarta, Bandung, Lampung) Salihara Biennale( Jakarta), Perfurbance (Jogjakarta) and Mata Air (Salitiga). When I told aussie friends I was going to attend MIWF, a writer’s festival in Makassar, many replied, where’s that?

Writers’ Series 2018 encourages creation of positive narrations

May 06, 2018 / Jakarta Post
The annual Writers' Series held by The Jakarta Post Writing Center returns for the third time this weekend. Running two days until May 6, the first day of the event, which was a mini conference, took place in the Upper Room, Annex Building, Central Jakarta. Meanwhile, the second day will host a premium workshop at the Post’s office in Palmerah, West Jakarta.

Review: 2018 Varuna Sydney Writers’ Festival

May 04, 2018 / ArtsHub by Katie Lavers
Dias Novita Wuri - Feminist Perspectives featured a dialogue between Dias Novita Wuri, a young writer visiting Australia on the 2018 Tulis Australia-Indonesia Writing Exchange and spending five weeks in a residency at Varuna, in conversation with the Varuna alumni, writer Zoya Patel. The two writers spoke about issues affecting them both as young Muslim women writers, one from Indonesia, the other born in Australia with a Fijian/Indian background. The discussion showed the vital importance of creating space for intercultural feminist dialogue such as this.

Literature plays crucial role as Indonesia enters 20th year of reformation

May 04, 2018 / Jakarta Post by Keshie Hernitaningtyas
As Indonesia celebrates its 20th year of reformation this year, literature plays a crucial role in reminding us of the importance of learning from history, says University of Indonesia cultural science professor Melani Budianta. “The reformation may still feel new for some people, yet it has changed [many things] rapidly that we need to look back to process it. Learning from history is very important so that we don’t forget what we are fighting for and make the same mistakes all over again. Why literature? Because it has the potential to open our imagination; allowing us to imagine something outside of what exists today,” said Melani during a discussion themed “20 Years of Reform”, among the events at the Makassar International Writers Festival that took place at Makassar Muhammadiyah University on Thursday.

The new wave: emerging female writers push the boundaries

May 04, 2018 / The Sydney Morning Herald by Melanie Kembrey
Intan Paramaditha​'s English-language debut collection, Apple and Knife, consists of short stories published in bahasa Indonesia in 2005 and 2010. They are set in Indonesia, bend and blend genres, and bristle with feminist rage and resistance. "I wanted to write stories about women in Indonesia and I just thought it was important to tell stories about bad women, about disobedient women, about women who resist," Paramaditha, who is an academic at Macquarie University, said.

Six UK publishers join ‘Literature Visit’ to Jakarta, Makassar

May 02, 2018 / Jakarta Post
Representatives from United Kingdom-based publishers are taking part in the “Literature Visit” program supported by the British Council held from April 30 to May 6 that aims to expand cooperation and networks in literature and creative thinking. The program, which includes taking the participants to the Jakarta and Makassar International Writers Festival, which runs on May 2-5 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, is part of the British Council’s support for Indonesia’s participation as the market-focus country at the London Book Fair 2019.