Leading Australian and Indonesian women writers reflect on the issues that they see as important challenges and preoccupations facing their societies today and into the future. This seminar kicks off the Australia Indonesia Essay Series and will feature Alice Pung, Eliza Handayani, Maggie Tiojakin, Sanaz Fotouhi and Lily Yulianti Farid.
Join our Indonesian and Australian writers as they reflect on the issues that they see as important challenges and preoccupations facing their societies today and into the future. Our writers will also consider the ways in which Australians and Indonesians might share and read each others’ stories, thereby gaining greater insight into our complex and often complementary cultures.
Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda. She edited Growing Up Asian in Australia, a collection of stories which has now become a high school textbook, and Unpolished Gem has been translated and published in Indonesia, German and Italian. Alice’s books have also been published in the US and UK. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne, and writes frequently for Australian magazines and newspapers. In 2016, Alice was RMIT’s Established Writer on the Writers on Cultural Exchange Program to Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou. She is an Ambassador of the 100 Story Building and Room to Read.
Eliza Vitri Handayani is an author and a literary translator. Her works have appeared in leading Indonesian outlets, as well as in the Asia Literary Review and Asypotote Journal. In 2004 she won an Anugerah Adikarya from the Indonesian Publishers Association, for best young-adult book. Her novella From Now On Everything Will Be Different was published in Indonesia in 2014, and in English translation in 2014 (Vagabond Press). She is also the founder of InterSastra, an Indonesian literary translation initiative. In 2016, Eliza joined the Writers on Cultural Exchange Program to Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou.
Maggie Tiojakin is an Indonesian novelist, short story writer, translator, journalist and creative writing instructor. She also edits The Jakarta Post’s literature section and manages its writing centre. Her second novel, Grace, will be released in early 2017.
Lily Yulianti Farid was born and raised in Makassar, Indonesia and she currently lives in Melbourne. Lily worked as a reporter of the Kompas daily from 1996 until 2000. In 2015 she completed her PhD in Gender and Media from the University of Melbourne. She worked as a radio program specialist/producer of Radio Japan NHK, Tokyo. During this period, she also worked as a columnist for Nytid News Magazine in Norway. Her second short-story collection, Family Room, was translated into English and selected for the Modern Library of Indonesia series. Lily is director of the Makassar International Writers Festival.
Sanaz Fotouhi is an Iranian-Australia writer, and a producer. She was co-producer (plus many other things as part of a two member team) for Love Marriage in Kabul. She was worked on documentaries in Iran and Afghanistan including on the award winning Hidden Generation:Story of women self-immolation in Afghanistan. Sanaz holds a BA and MPhill from the University of Hong Kong and PhD in English Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and identity since the Islamic Revolution was published in March 2015. Currently, Sanaz is working towards writing a book that complements Love Marriage in Kabul. It is due to come out with Melbourne publisher Transit Lounge in early 2017.