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."
One large quotation mark in pink on a red background
Mar
9
Reading Your Writing is a workshop to help you overcome the nerves of reading your work to an audience. Book Online
An illustration of a person with microphones popping out of their head. The words LIT LIVE are surrounded by lightening bolts
Mar
4
Featuring stories of passion and dispassion, love, loss and mistakes. Book Online
Holden Sheppard has a blue mohawk and a blue steel gaze. He stands in front of a wall covered in street art.
Apr
2
In this interactive workshop, award-winning Young Adult author Holden Sheppard will explore the nuances of writing full-length works of fiction in the YA category. Book Online
Illustration of two hands. One hand is holding an envelope while the other writes on the back of it.
Mar
2
A letter writing night on the first Monday of each month brought to you by PEN Perth. Book Online
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