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Stories from the archipelago | Three poems by Gemi Mohawk

Three poems by Gemi Mohawk In Indonesian a sajak is a short, concise poem that places great importance on the language’s sounds, whether equivalence, contrast, or similarity. Gemi Mohawk writes …

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Stories from the archipelago | The Dancer by Royyan Julian

The Dancer by Royyan Julian Pali, a beautiful young dancer, falls in love with Muson, a married, influential strongman. The inevitable ensues… bubbling gossip, jealousy, a quest for revenge with …

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Q&A with Azri Zakkiyah, UWRF16 Emerging Writer and EWF speaker

Each year, we partner with the Emerging Writers’ Festival to support aspiring authors in Indonesia and Australia. After having her work published in our annual anthology last year, Indonesian writer …

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Stories from the archipelago | I Chose a Guerilla’s Path by E. Rokajat Asura

I Chose a Guerilla’s Path by E. Rokajat Asura Widely respected to this day, General Sudirman was the first commander-in-chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces during the Indonesian National Revolution. …

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Five Minutes With… Comic Book Author and Artist Bonni Rambatan

Our new interview series Five Minutes With… sees us speaking to those in the writing and publishing industry – authors, journalists, editors, biographers, translators – to discover what compelled them …

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Stories from the archipelago | The Wound Worshipper and Three Decades by Nersalya Renata

The Wound Worshipper and Three Decades by Nersalya Renata A sleepless man cannot recover from the loss of his beloved, whose death grows like a wound in his heart. A …

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Stories from the archipelago | White Tiger, Girl Tiger by Soetan Radjo Pamoentjak

White Tiger, girl tiger by Soetan Radjo Pamoentjak On the night of a full moon, Kalamai village is heavy with a stifling heat. Puti Mawarni opens her bedroom window to …

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Five Minutes With… Translator Pam Allen

Our new interview series Five Minutes With… sees us speaking to those in the writing and publishing industry – authors, journalists, editors, biographers, translators – to discover what compelled them …

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Stories from the archipelago | Literature That Makes You Smart by Dimas Indiana Senja

Literature That Makes You Smart by Dimas Indiana Senja In this short and compelling essay, Dimas Indiana Senja introduces us to Eko Prazt Tyo, who established a place of learning …

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Five Minutes With… Young Adult Fiction Author Chris Raja

Our new interview series Five Minutes With… sees us speaking to those in the writing and publishing industry – authors, journalists, editors, biographers, translators – to discover what compelled them …

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Stories from the archipelago | Klonnong Verses by Joko Sucipto

Klonnong Verses by Joko Sucipto A disembodied voice reflects on the vanity of its village from its resting place, a hay-strewn stable. No-one hears the sound of the age through …

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Five Minutes With… Narrative Journalist Justin Lancy

Our new interview series Five Minutes With… sees us speaking to those in the writing and publishing industry – authors, journalists, editors, biographers, translators – to discover what compelled them …

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Stories from the archipelago | The Exclamation Mark on the Body by Deasy Tirayoh

the exclamation mark on the body by deasy tirayoh The mysteries and uncertainties of young love are symbolized by an exclamation mark drawn on the body. Over moonlit New Year’s …

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Experience UWRF17 with Renaissance Tours and Robin de Crespigny

Tailor-made for literature lovers and discerning travelers, Renaissance Tours is Australia’s leading operator of special interest and cultural tours. For the first time, it will host an Asian Encounter tour …

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Stories from the archipelago | The Long Road to Peace in Aceh by Murizal Hamzah

The Long Road to Peace in Aceh by Murizal Hamzah For Hasan Tiro, founder of the Free Aceh Movement (in Indonesian Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, or GAM), Indonesia was another name …

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Stories from the archipelago | The Woman Who Picked the Rose by Dahlia Rasyad

The Woman Who Picked the Rose by Dahlia Rasyad Nun is a cynical, hard-hearted woman, though she’s endured poverty and back-breaking work all her life. Her four children suffer her wrath, …

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Stories from the archipelago | The Death of Black Crow by Sidik Nugroho

The Death of Black Crow by sidik nugroho Two deaths preface this chapter: the murder of an adulterous wife, Dr Nina, by her vengeful husband Yogi, and the suicide by hanging …

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“I promised myself the next time I attended would be as a writer” – Annabel Wilson, AAWP x UWRF16 Emerging Writers’ Prize winner

From over 100 submissions for the Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) x UWRF16 Emerging Writers’ Prize, Annabel Wilson’s Quire was the winning entry. Annabel won a ticket to UWF16, …

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Stories from the archipelago | Erstwhile: A Communion of Time by Joseph Rio Jovian Haminoto

Erstwhile: A Communion of Time  by Joseph rio jovian haminoto A ‘time travel’ historical novel fusing fact and fiction, mostly set in the Kingdom of Majapahit which ruled the archipelago …

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913 works submitted to the 2017 UWRF Indonesian Emerging Writers Prize

Discovering and promoting Indonesian voices is a core part of the Festival’s mission. The annual UWRF Indonesian Emerging Writers Prize is open to all emerging Indonesian writers of any genre. …

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