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 


Tuesday 12 March


Resistance: writing as activism
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

Join us for an exclusive evening with two of Indonesia’s most exciting writers, Intan Paramaditha and Norman Erikson Pasaribu. Intan Paramaditha is a fiction writer and academic whose works focus on the intersection between gender and sexuality, culture and politics. Norman Erikson Pasaribu is a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer who was dubbed by English PEN as ‘part of a long tradition of queer Catholic writing’. Both Paramaditha and Pasaribu are deeply engaged with Indonesian feminist and cultural activist networks. They will be joined by Harry Josephine Giles, writer and performer, to discuss how writing can be an act of resistance against the prevailing culture and to consider and how to navigate life as an activist writer. Chaired by Theodora Danek.

In partnership with English PEN. 

£7-£10 | 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 


Saturday 16 March


An Evening with Sheila Rooswitha Putri


Glasgow Zine Library at Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3JD

Join us for a unique evening with Indonesian graphic novelist Sheila Rooswitha Putri, writer Arianne Maki and photographer Ben Soedira. Sheila Rooswitha Putri’s work is inspired by the everyday happenings of Jakarta, one of the world’s megacities. Most of her stories are based on personal experience, and her love of Jakarta has inspired many collaborations with other comic artists. Making a special guest appearance at the Glasgow Zine Library as part of the Indonesia Market Focus at The London Book Fair 2019, Sheila will be joined by Ben Soedira, a British/Indonesian photographer whose work investigates place and the idea of home, and Arianne Maki, who writes on themes of otherness and belonging.

Join us for a glass of wine after the event.

Free | Book online



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