As part of Banned Books Week, this event will explore the restrictions facing authors in Indonesia. Nuril Basri and John Waromi write on the fringe of society about subjects deemed controversial in their country. Although neither author has had their books banned, it is difficult to get controversial work published and authors often find themselves self-censoring.
Nuril writes novels with LGBT themes in an increasingly fundamentalist Islamic country. John Waromi looks at the ecological rape of his land, West Papua, by the Indonesian state. His novel also hints of the troubles in West Papuan society caused by the Indonesian state as many in West Papua are fighting for independence.
They will be joined on stage by their UK publisher, Philip Tatham at Monsoon Books.
£5 entry includes a glass of wine.
Part of our Meet the World series.
About the writers
Nuril Basri was born in a village in West Java, Indonesia, and raised in a staunchly Islamic community. Nuril has worked in a variety of positions—cashier, tutor, accounts manager, waiter, etc.—the combined experience of which has served to enrich his characters and settings. Nuril is the author of six novels. www.nurilbasri.com
John Waromi was born in 1960 in West Papua, Indonesia. After studying law at Cenderawasih University, he moved to Jakarta and joined Indonesia’s most famous dramatic troupe, Rendra’s ‘BengkelTeater’. As an actor, he performed throughout Indonesia as well as touring New York, Japan and Korea. John was invited to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in 2006, followed closely by an invitation to the Balinale International Film Festival, also in Bali, and the Northern Territory Writers Festival, in Darwin, Australia. He now lives and writes in his home province.