Indonesia Market Focus: Wraparound

A round-up of Indonesia Market Focus projects taking place in 2019

In 2019, Indonesia was the Market Focus country at The London Book Fair. Over the year, we've worked with lots of organisations to bring Indonesian literature to the UK, and UK literature to Indonesia. 


Contains Strong Language / Makassar Writers Festival


In June 2019, three UK poets, William Letford, Rufus Mufasa and Roseanne Watt travelled to Makassar Writers Festival in South Sulawesi to work with three Indonesian poets, Jamil Massa, Irma Agryanti and Mario F. Lawi on new poems. The six poets will then travel to the BBC Contains Strong Language festival in Hull in September 2019 and will be part of the Hull19 poets.


Modern Poetry in Translation Digital Translator-in-Residence - Khairani Barokka


The poet Khairani Barokka took part in an online poetry translation workshop and contributed essay pieces to MPT online. Alongside this, MPT have produced a digital pamphlet containing interviews, podcasts, videos and new Indonesian poetry translation commissions. Khairani Barokka took up this role in March 2019. 

Funded by a British Council-NOC grant


John Waromi and Nuril Basri tour of UK


Monsoon Books will publish new work by Indonesian writers John Waromi and Nuril Basri, and will bring both writers to the UK to take part in events promoting their books

Funded by a British Council-NOC grant


Edinburgh International Book Festival


Neu! Reekie! Indonesia

On the back of their 2016 tour of Indonesia, Edinburgh’s original cultural noisemakers present some of the most exciting artists from the archipelago. Yoshi Fe, a poet and stand-up tragedian, joins video artist Sinar Ayu Massie, whose 2007 road movie 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (Three Days to Forever) has become a cult classic, and Benk Riyadi, a poet and activist involved in the Sebumi community. The trio are introduced with the usual panache of hosts and poets Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson.

Supported by Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia and Creative Economy Agency of Indonesia (BEKRAF)

Metal Southend


Dean Atta (UK) and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie (Indonesia) are both writers who spent a month in residence with Metal in Southend as part of our Essex Writers House in March 2019 – a partnership with Essex Book Festival. This film shows some of the highlights of their residency

Ziggy was supported to come into residence from Indonesia by the British Council. Dean’s residency was supported by Arts Council England. 

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