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Bincang Buku

Bincang Buku (Talking Books) is a series of interviews with authors and translators working in or writing about our close neighbour Indonesia, discussing both their writing practice and issues that matter to Indonesian literature as a whole.

Iven Manning is a scholar of Indonesian studies and linguistics. He is interested in language, ikat textiles, meaningful engagement between Australians and Indonesians and, last but not least, sport.

"This generation rarely writes about the traumas of the politics of the past – of the Aceh conflict."
"My motivations for writing it are, first, to remember the ups and downs that we have gone through - so it is a tribute to my family - and second, as for myself, I only wish to tell my side of the story."
"You can venture a long way down the labyrinth of translation theory without finding the ‘truth’ about what a literary translation should be."
"I am part of the people of Timor, so what appears in my writing are the realities which I’ve experienced throughout my life. I am not at a distance, because I am Timor, and Timor is me."
"It is so vital and nourishing to read texts written from the perspective of cultures and individuals that are different from what we are accustomed to."
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May
1
Join Vivienne Glance in a masterclass on Science in Story and Imagination Book Online
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Jul
21
Join us for a conversation about Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple'. Book Online
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Jun
29
Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your writing? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Book Online
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May
19
Join us for a conversation about Akwaeke Emezi 'Freshwater'. Book Online
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