PODCAST: Intro to Indonesian Literature

Listen as Georgina Godwin explores the rich literary and cultural heritage of Indonesia with Annabel Gallop and Feby Indirani at the British Library.


Khariani Barokka Rope (Nine Arches Press).

Feby Indirani Not Virgin Mary  and Relax, it's just Religion 

Achidat K Mihardja Atheis / The Atheist

Prince Panji – An Islamic Hero, well known in shadow puppet theatre.

Clara Ng

Intan Paramaditha Apple and Knife

S. Rukia Kertapati Kedjatuhan dan hati or The Fall and the Heart

The Lontar Foundation

Pramoedya Ananta Toer – nominated for the Nobel Prize several times.

Y.B. Mangunwijaya 
Ikan-Ikan Hiu, Ido, Homa

Eka Kurniawan
Lelaki Harimau or Man Tiger  and Beauty is a Wound

Ayu Utami Saman


11 March 19.00-20.30
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 WibowoDee 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 


12 March
Beauty and History: Javanese Manuscripts from Yogykarta
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14 March 18.00-19.30 
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 AyuLeila 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

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