Media Clippings

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

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 / 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. ...

In Indonesia: discovering the literature

Nov 03, 2013 / DAWN by Aamer Hussein
Last week, I had lunch with my friend Laksmi in Covent Garden. She was on her way from Jakarta to Paris; I was just about to take a train to Lancaster where I was to read that evening. Laksmi, who has written both poetry and prose in English, decided a little over a year ago to write an epic novel in her native language. It took her only four months. The book is a reworking of the story of Bhishma and Amba from the Mahabharata, set in the tumultuous period of 1965 which saw the fall of Soekarno and the rise of Suharto’s new regime in Indonesia. It was an immediate success both critically and commercially. She’s just about to publish the English version, and was carrying a proof.

‘Women of Letters’ revives lost art with new voices

Oct 31, 2013 / Jakarta Post by Novia D. Rulistia
'€œDear all the women over the entire span of human history, I wish I knew how to help. '€œBut not much has changed in some respects; why is there even the so called progressive society when women are still blamed and shamed; I wish I knew what to do [...]'€ So said award-winning Australian poet Emilie Zoey Baker as she read aloud a letter showing her concerns about the current conditions facing women, which apparently have not changed much since the old days. The reading was part of a recent performance at the Salihara Theater in South Jakarta, where the audience was invited to follow the journey of women through time through their own words. Some of the letters gave voice to anger. Others generated laughter.

Evenings with (reluctant) literary masters

Oct 27, 2013 / 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 ...

Indonesia as Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honor in 2015

Jul 16, 2013 / Publishing Perspectives by Hannah Johnson
In 2015 the Frankfurt Book Fair will present “the vibrant literature, talents and the rich culture of one of the most populous and ‘young’ countries in the world, of which only little is known in Germany”, says Director of Frankfurt Book Fair, Juergen Boos. Indonesia will follow Brazil (after Finland in 2014) as Guest of Honour of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015. The respective agreement was signed in early June between the Book Fair and the partner, the Ministry for Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia. With this, the Book Fair will present yet another growing country with huge potential and an expanding education sector as a focus. Since 2003 the Indonesian government has spent 20% of its national budget on education, also investing in digital textbooks. In 2011 this amounted to a sum of 21.5 billion Euros. The Indonesian economy presented a growth rate of 6.5% in 2012.