• © Intan Paramaditha
  • © Lily Yulianti Farid
  • Laurence Vielle © Andy Huysmans
  • Alfred Birney © George Philip Birney
  • Ayu Utami © Erik Prasetya

Literature

Ayu Utami

Ayu Utami Utami paved the way for a whole generation of Indonesian writers, breaking taboos surrounding Indonesia’s (post-)colonial past, sexuality and gender.

Lily Yulianti Farid

Lily Yulianti Farid In residenceJournalist Lily Yulianti has created a citizen journalism project. Her short stories, plays and monologues tackle, among others, themes of gender and Muslim women in Indonesia.

Intan Paramaditha

Intan Paramaditha Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian author and a film/media scholar. Both her fiction and academic writings explore the relations between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics. Many of her stories are inspired by horror fiction, myths, and fairy tales.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Norman Erikson Pasaribu The young poet and novelist Erikson gives a sophisticated voice to LGBTQ communities in Indonesia. His debut poetry collection won a Jakarta Arts Council prize in 2015.

Godi Suwarna

Godi Suwarna Suwarna is a grand master of poetic declamation in the Sundanese language. His poetry is a virtuoso blend of rural and urban, traditional and cosmopolitan voices.

Tan Lioe le

Tan Lioe le In residenceTan Lioe Ie is a Balinese poet and musician. His Chinese origins can be felt in his poems, which integrate elements of Chinese mythology and rituals.

Zubaidah Djohar

Zubaidah Djohar Born in Aceh, a region ravaged by war and the Tsunami, Djohar’s poems are an arduous struggle against forgetting. They are expressed in the form of song and dance.

Ben Sohib

Ben Sohib Before becoming a best-selling author, Ben Sohib was vocalist in a progressive rock band, which can be felt in his darkly humorous, gritty novels about the urban life of Muslims.

Margareta Astaman

 Margareta Astaman Chinese identity is never far away in the light and funny multicultural novels of Margareta ‘Margie’ Astaman. She is widely revered by younger readers.

M. Iksaka Banu

M. Iksaka Banu The history of colonial Indonesia has rarely been told with such passion as through the well-developed characters in the short stories of Iksaka Banu.

David Van Reybrouck

David Van Reybrouck David Van Reybrouck is an award-winning author from Belgium, most known for the international bestseller Congo. He’s currently writing a book about the Dutch East Indies.

Alfred Birney

Alfred Birney Alfred Birney is the winner of the Libris-prize 2017 with his novel "De tolk van Java". He will talk about his book and enter in dialogue with the Indonesian writer Ayu Utami and David Van Reybrouck.

Laurence Vielle

Laurence Vielle Following in the footsteps of Indonesian ancestors and rituals, our national poet met the writers and poets of Makassar. She will enter into dialogue with them during EUROPALIA literary events.

citybooks @ Indonesia

citybooks @ Indonesia Annelies Verbeke, Gustaaf Peek & Bouke Billiet (in NL)From Jakarta to Semarang, deBuren invites you to travel with citybooks: urban portraits in words and imagines by renowned international writers and photogaphers.