Unrepressed: Sydney, Saturday evening, 14 March

If you’re in Sydney on the evening of Saturday, 14 March, stop by Better Read Than Dead bookshop in Newtown and say hello! I’ll be speaking alongside Eliza Vitri Handayani and Julie Koh on InterSastra‘s latest literature-in-translation series Unrepressed. Click here to register. (The event is free. It’s just so we know how much beverage and snackery to provide.)

And here’s more about the event and us speakers!

Event Description

Eliza Vitri Handayani, Tiffany Tsao and Julie Koh discuss what’s going on behind the scenes of Unrepressed — InterSastra’s  latest literature-in-translation series. 

In addition to reading from their contributions to the series, Eliza, Tiffany and Julie will talk about what it takes to start and maintain a literary initiative, their experiences in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic collaboration, and working to achieve inclusivity in the arts.

Featuring short works translated between English and Indonesian, Unrepressed is about promoting the creative exploration and discussion of themes that are often sidelined, suppressed, or considered taboo – such as diversity, sexuality, gender equity, mental health, human rights, and religious innovation – to bring positive change in society.

Copies of Eliza’s From Now On Everything Will Be Completely Different, Julie’s Portable Curiosities, and Tiffany’s Under Your Wings will be available to buy on the night, alongside a selection of translated Indonesian writing, such as Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus and Intan Paramaditha’s exciting new novel The Wandering.   

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

About the Authors

Eliza Vitri Handayani is a novelist, creator of art events, and literary translator. Writing in Indonesian and English, her original works have appeared in Indonesian and international literary outlets. Her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different earned her a WrICE fellowship and invitations to various festivals.     Eliza is the founding director of InterSastra, an independent initiative for barrier-breaking creative exploration and exchange. She has translated writers from Indonesia and other countries, and created House of the Unsilenced and Fashion ForWords art events. She is a member of As-Salam Collective and an Australia Arts Council’s International Arts Leader 2019. Read some of her works at elizavitri.com, and greet her on Instagram or Twitter @elizavitri.

Tiffany Tsao is a writer and literary translator. Her third novel, Under Your Wings, was longlisted for the 2019 Ned Kelly Award. Her translations from Indonesian to English include Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus and Dee Lestari’s novel Paper Boats. Her translations of Norman’s poetry have won the English PEN Presents and English PEN Translates awards. 

Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. In 2017, she was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her fiction has appeared in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. Julie edited the anthology BooksActually’s Gold Standard and was a judge for the 2018 Stella Prize. She has written two radio plays for Radio National Fictions and the libretto for the satirical opera Chop Chef. www.thefictionaljuliekoh.com.