Media Clippings

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

The 2018 Stella Prize Shortlist of Six Announced

Mar 08, 2018 / Daily Review
The annual Stella Prize celebrating female writers has announced its shortlist from a longlist of 12 books and more than 170 original entries. The winner of the award, who will receive $50,000, will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on April 12. Each shortlisted author receives $3000 in prize money, as well as a three-week writing retreat on the Victorian coast, supported by the Trawalla Foundation.

Outstanding Indonesian Women

Mar 01, 2018 / Jakarta Globe
The women’s movement is actively breaking gender boundaries in different fields. The Jakarta Globe Insight made a list of outstanding Indonesian women who have pursued their careers and achieved their goals. These women have set the bar for others in the industry and inspire young women to do better. Leila S. Chudori (for Literature) & Melani Budianta (for Humanities) are among of them.

Creative Exchanges Announced

Feb 22, 2018 / Asialink by Kerrii Cavanagh
Asialink Arts through its Global Project Space (GPS) initiative announces a suite of phenomenal creative exchange projects for 2018. The selected artists and arts professionals were chosen from a national open call for proposals. As part of our inaugural Tulis writing exchange with Indonesia, Sydney based writer Annee Lawrence will travel to Jakarta to work on her new novel and participate in the Ubud Reader and Writers Festival. Indonesian based writer Dias Novita Wuri will take up residency at Varuna National Writers House and WestWords and participate in the Sydney Writers Festival. Supported by the Australia Indonesia Institute.

LiBeratur Prize puts non-European female writers in the spotlight

Jan 26, 2018 / Deutsche Welle by Sabine Peschel
A unique program is underway to celebrate the anniversary. Laureates from past years will gather on January 26 and 27, including Fariba Vafi from Iran (2017), the Indonesian poet and journalist Laksmi Pamuntjak (2016), Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien (2015), Raja'a Alem from Saudi Arabia (2014), Argentine Claudia Pineiro (2010) and Mayra Montero from Cuba (1998).

Literature is the new cool

Dec 19, 2017 / Jakarta Post by Sebastian Partogi
Recently, there has been increased demand among the Indonesian public for quality literary works thanks to the influence of social media, literary references in popular culture and thriving literary festivals across the country as well as international recognition for some local authors. That is why Indonesian bookworms are seeing more new titles and reprinted works than ever in the literature section of mainstream bookstores — both works penned by local writers as well as translations.

The letters spelled COURAGE: Fighting censorship in Indonesia

Dec 14, 2017 / Right Now by Sam Flynn
There is a creeping silence in Indonesia. At the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Sam Flynn spoke to those who write from the margins, despite the real and violent repercussions they face for doing so.

Indonesian writers share thoughts on Islamic diversity in Brussels

Nov 21, 2017 / Jakarta Post by Keshie Hernitaningtyas
Around 30 people attended a literary event titled "Islamic Diversity in Indonesia" at the Festival Center in the Dynasty Building, Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. Moderated by Manneke Budiman, who teaches literature and cultural studies at the University of Indonesia, the event featured three Indonesian authors whose work involved the topic of Islam in the social context, namely Lily Yulianti Farid, Ben Sohib and Intan Paramaditha.

‘Perempuan Perempuan Chairil’ Promotes Love For Local Theatre And Indonesian Literature

Nov 15, 2017 / Indonesia Tatler by Umesh Bhagchandani
A silhouette stands tall on the stage behind a street lamp prop. He lights a cigarette and begins to soliloquy to the audience about women and his banter with his friend about them. The mysterious figure is Chairil Anwar: Indonesia’s prolific poet from the 1940s who is widely known for his individualist and existentialist poems that changed the face of Indonesian literature, and his banter was with HB Jassin, another literary figure of the time, which serves as the opening monologue for Perempuan Perempuan Chairil (Chairil’s Women).

John McGlynn & Lontar Foundation: Translating & Preserving Indonesian Literature

Nov 08, 2017 / Ubud Now & Then by Eddie Dobbins
The theme for this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival was ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’, or ‘Origins’ – a term that “speaks to our eternal connection to where we have come from, and to where we will ultimately return.” This ties in well with the work of John McGlynn, who has devoted his entire life to putting Indonesian literature into the global conversation through the Lontar Foundation (founded in 1987).

Facing history

Oct 18, 2017 / Inside Indonesia by Andy Fuller Elsa Clave
The 1965 mass killings of suspected communists has long cast a shadow over Indonesia. Despite a growing movement of reconciliation activists who seek to redeem the position of victims into everyday life, the Indonesian nation has not come to terms with the role played by the state in the killings that left hundreds of thousands dead, imprisoned or deeply traumatised. Many people in positions of power regard this aspect of Indonesia’s history to be finished and in the distant past. But that is not the case for the victims and survivors of the mass killings.