Reading Night #3
When Sharlene Teo started her manuscript for ‘Ponti’, her first idea was to write “an epic Pontianak novel”. For the Indonesian audience, Pontianak was known under a different name, ‘kuntilanak’. But what made Teo choose this ‘exotic’ mythical figure as well as Singapore, her hometown, as part of her debut novel?
“I am a dragoman /
courtesan of the word /
I pluck my eyes to hear /
with skill and improvisation..//”
So starts ‘Rhapsody on the Dragoman’ by Stephanos Stephanides, a poet, essayist and memoirist, translator, ethnographer, and documentary filmmaker. Make sure to catch him on our Invisible Curatorial panel and on Reading Night. Check the schedule on our website.
Geography, social realities, Kashmir, and politics merge in Akhil Katyal’s bilingual poems. Catch his talk show and reading performance at the Jakarta International Literary Festival 2019.
Zen Hae writes short stories, poems, essays and literary criticism. He received the 2007 Best Literary Award from Tempo magazine for his poem book entitled Paus Merah Jambu. His latest book is a collection of short stories in three languages (Indonesian, German, English), The Red Bowl and Other Stories. Currently, Zen Hae is the curator of one of the programs at Salihara, an active community in art and literature.
Clarissa Goenawan’s debut novel, ‘Rainbirds’, is a literary sensation. What is her writing process and how she makes the novel, set in an imaginary place in Japan, believable to the readers? Catch her on stage with two acclaimed Indonesian writers, Budi Darma and Azhari Aiyub.