Media Clippings


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


Asean Literary Festival celebrates art, free speech and 50 years of regional cooperation

Aug 07, 2017 / Asian Correspondent by Max Walden
"FOR 50 YEARS, Asean was no more than a slogan and a series of meetings of elites. If we want to be a real community, we have to work at the grassroots level," said Indonesian novelist Okky Madasari on Monday. The Asean Literary Festival (ALF), which was held from Aug 3 to 6 – the same weekend as the region’s top annual security forum – brought together writers from more than 30 nations, celebrated freedom of speech and the rich literary traditions of Southeast Asia.

The long life of short stories

Jun 17, 2017 / The Jakarta Post by Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak
Kompas, one of the oldest national dailies, serves as the antithesis of digital media domination by having published short stories in its Sunday edition since day one in 1965. The newspaper has archived 2,214 short stories so far and it has been a breeding ground for now famous writers and illustrators. It is still considered a prestigious destination for beginners sending in their work.

50 years on: Indonesia to host Asean literary festival in August

Jun 08, 2017 / Asian Correspondent by Max Walden
INDONESIA’s capital Jakarta will again host the fourth annual Asean Literary Festival (ALF) in August 2017 as the regional Southeast Asian bloc celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Now in its fourth year, to promote freedom of expression and discuss contentious issues in a region that is increasingly authoritarian.

A tale of two Sulawesi writers: Talent vs hard work

Jun 05, 2017 / The Jakarta Post by Andi Hajramurni
Faisal Oddang and Erni Aladjai: their paths to national fame could not have been more different. But one thing that links them is the Makassar International Writers Festival, an annual event on the national literary calendar that seeks to give writers from eastern Indonesia the chance to break into the nation’s publishing world, which is still dominated by writers from Sumatra, Java and Bali.

The literary light from the east

May 29, 2017 / The Jakarta Post by Andi Hajramurni
MIWF 2017, held from May 17 to 20, once again sought to promote writers from the eastern part of Indonesia to break the grip of western Indonesian writers on the nation’s publishing industry.

Alumni of Iowa’s famous international writers program hold Manila reunion

May 15, 2017 / Inquirer.net by Brylle B. Tabora
The 2016 IWP alumni from different countries shared with the audience their experiences in getting their works out in their respective homelands. Other visiting writers were Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria); Tse Hao Guang (Singapore); Zhou Jianing (China); Yusi Avianto Pareanom (Indonesia); Lee Chae Won (South Korea); Alice Yousef (Palestinian Territories); and Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria). Also part of the conference were IWP Philippine alumni Susan S. Lara, Ian Rosales Casocot, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, Sarge Lacuesta, Reuel Aguila and Mark Angeles.

Five Minutes With… Pam Allen

May 07, 2017 / UWRF Latest News
I began translating in my Honours year at ANU (1976), when I was asked by the Indonesian author Achdiat K. Mihardja, who was also an academic at ANU, if I would be interested in translating his novel Debu Cinta Bertebaran. It was a project that took me well beyond my Honours year and it wasn’t published until many years later, by the Australia Indonesia Association in Canberra. I discovered that I loved the process of translating. It provided an outlet for my creative instincts.

Powerhouse Spanish Agency Pontas Literary Marks 25 Years

Apr 27, 2017 / Publishers Weekly by Jasmin Kirkbride
Today, Pontas represents film and literary rights for 76 authors from five continents. Pontas authors have published 1,540 books in the past 25 years. Despite the numbers, Soler-Pont insists that the firm cannot take on ...

Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche

Apr 15, 2017 / The Seattle Times by Ángel González
Amazon’s rapid rise to prominence in the translation of foreign prose to English — which has drawn appreciation, but also some suspicion by members of the translation community — is yet another sign of the ...

Weekly Dispatches from the Frontlines of World Literature

Apr 14, 2017 / Asymptote by Tiffany Tsao
In commemoration of the writer Sapardi Djoko Damono’s seventy-seventh birthday late last month, seven books were launched at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta cultural institute in South Jakarta: one new novel and six new editions of ...