INDONESIA FOCUS: Indonesia literature events in the UK | 10-16 March 2019

Indonesia is the Market Focus country at The London Book Fair in 2019, and there are lots of opportunities to get to know Indonesian writers coming up in March

British Council Market Focus Cultural Programme - public events


Saturday 9 March


Storytelling with Reda Gaudiamo
Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1AW

Indonesian short story writer and singer Reda Gaudiamo will tell stories based on her new children’s book, The Adventures of Na Willa, published by The Emma Press. This free, drop-in session will take place in the Children’s Library at the Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library, in partnership with the National Centre for Writing.

Free | No booking necessary 


Monday 11 March


17,000 Islands of Imagination: Indonesian Literature Today
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

With its incredible diversity of identities, languages, religions, geographies and histories, Indonesia cannot easily be represented in writing. Louise Doughty chairs an evening of discussion and readings with some of Indonesia’s most exciting contemporary writers: Agustinus Wibowo, Dee Lestari and Seno Gumira Ajidarma. Together they will talk about turning their islands of imagination into stories, novels and narratives that together begin to capture the complexity and diversity of Indonesia today.
Join us for a reception following the talk.

£8-£12 | Book online 


Thursday 14 March


Democracy in Indonesia: Cultural Perspectives
SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT), Paul Webley Wing (Senate House North Block)
SOAS University of London, Russell Square, London, WC1E 7HU


More than 20 years since the fall of the Suharto regime, writers and journalists occupy a key role in shaping the cultural life of the world’s third largest democracy, reflecting on recent history and also contributing to discussion about the future direction of this archipelagic nation. Prominent Indonesian writers Djenar Maesa Ayu, Leila S. Chudori and Norman Erikson Pasaribu will talk about their perspective on the Indonesian cultural scene in this key election year.
Chaired by Dr Ben Murtagh, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay, SOAS

Join us for a reception following the talk.

Free | Book online


Indonesian Poets in London: Avianti Armand and Laksmi Pamuntjak
National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Venture beyond the pantun with this line-up of today's most celebrated Indonesian poets. As part of The London Book Fair's Indonesian focus, hear readings from poets Avianti Armand and Laksmi Pamuntjak, with a discussion of their work and a Q&A session chaired by Will Harris.

Free | Book online


Friday 15 March


 A Salon to Celebrate the Launch of Stand Magazine

London Review Bookshop, 14-16 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 1JL

Join us for an evening of poetry readings, conversation, music and wine with Indonesian writers Avianti Armand, Clara Ng and Nirwan Dewanto to launch the special Indonesia edition of Stand – a fixture on the British and world literary scene since 1952. The evening will be hosted by Kate Wakeling.

Free | Book online 


Apple & Knife: Intan Paramaditha in conversation with Syd Moore
Essex Book Festival, Metal at Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 8NB

Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian writer who re-writes traditional Indonesian folk tales through a feminist horror lens. Syd Moore’s mystery thrillers are inspired by the myths of Essex. Join us as these two extraordinary women discuss their work, their different perspectives, and what it means to re-write old stories and myths with a contemporary, feminist slant.


£5-£7 | Book online 



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