Bringing one of the world’s best literary festivals to the Perth CBD

Speakers

 

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh

Country: India

Session: The Nutmeg's Curse - Live  The Nutmeg's Curse - Encore

Award-winning Amitav Ghosh became the first English-language writer to receive India’s highest literary honor, the Jnanpith Award, in 2018. Born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, he holds four honorary doctorates. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno and Venice film festivals.

Amitav Ghosh menjadi penulis berbahasa Inggris pertama yang menerima penghargaan sastra tertinggi India, Penghargaan Jnanpith, pada tahun 2018. Lahir di Calcutta dan dibesarkan di India, Bangladesh, dan Sri Lanka, ia memegang empat gelar doktor kehormatan. Karyanya telah diterjemahkan ke lebih dari tiga puluh bahasa dan dia telah bertugas di festival film Juri Locarno dan Venesia.


Agustinus Wibowo

Agustinus Wibowo

Country: Indonesia

Session: Roads Less Travelled - writing in the time of COVID

Indonesian travel writer Agustinus Wibowo has always had a strong interest in the question of identity. As a descendant of Chinese immigrants, it is a question that has fundamentally shaped his perspective on the world and has taken him to many different corners of the earth. This year, he published a book about his travels, Jalan Panjang Untuk Pulang.

Penulis perjalanan Indonesia Agustinus Wibowo selalu memiliki ketertarikan yang kuat pada pertanyaan tentang identitas. Sebagai keturunan imigran Cina, ini adalah pertanyaan yang secara mendasar membentuk perspektifnya tentang dunia dan membawanya ke berbagai penjuru bumi. Tahun ini, ia menerbitkan buku tentang perjalanannya, Jalan Panjang Untuk Pulang.


Anne Aly

Anne Aly

Country: Australia

Session: Women of a Certain Rage

Dr Anne Aly was first elected to the Australian Federal Parliament in 2016, and re-elected in 2019. Anne’s family migrated to Australia when she was two years old. She studied her Masters and PhD at Edith Cowan University and held a number of senior positions within the Western Australian Public Service before embarking on an academic career. She is recognised for her world renowned research into counter terrorism and countering violent extremism and has published over 100 articles and books on the subject. Her contributions to national and global security have been recognised internationally. She has been an advisor to the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Directorate and was the only Australian invited to address President Obama’s Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism at the White House. In 2011, Anne was an inaugural inductee into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2016 Anne was nominated for Australian of the Year and received the prestigious Australian Security Medal for 2016.

Dr Anne Aly adalah anggota Parlemen Federal Australia. Dia diakui untuk penelitiannya yang terkenal di dunia tentang kontra-terorisme dan melawan ekstremisme kekerasan, dan telah menerbitkan lebih dari 100 artikel dan buku tentang masalah ini. Dia telah menjadi penasihat Direktorat Kontra-Terorisme Dewan Keamanan PBB. Untuk karyanya, ia menerima Medali Keamanan Australia yang bergengsi pada tahun 2016.


Ayu Utami

Ayu Utami

Country: Indonesia

Session: Weaving Mythical Characters and Magic Realism

Ayu Utami received the 2000 Prince Claus Award and the 2018 Ahmad Bakrie Award for Literature. During Indonesia’s military regime, she was a journalist and activist for freedom of the press. She was one of the founders of the Alliance of Independent Journalists. Her first novel, Saman, became a beacon of freedom during the movement for political change in Indonesia.

Ayu Utami menerima Prince Claus Award 2000 dan Ahmad Bakrie Award 2018 untuk Sastra. Selama rezim militer Indonesia, ia adalah seorang jurnalis dan aktivis kebebasan pers. Dia adalah salah satu pendiri Aliansi Jurnalis Independen. Novel pertamanya, Saman, menjadi mercusuar kebebasan selama gerakan perubahan politik di Indonesia.


Brigid Lowry

Brigid Lowry

Country: Australia

Session: Self-reflection and loving kindness

Brigid Lowry has an MA in Creative Writing, and has published both poetry and short fiction for adults, as well as 8 prize-winning books for teenagers. Her two essay collections are published by Fremantle Press: Still Life With Teapot: On Zen, Writing and Creativity and A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself, and Other Essays. Her current work combines Buddhism, the psychology of healing, self-help, memoir and humour, and aims to inspire anyone who is struggling in difficult times, or who wants to live with more ease and equanimity.

Dengan gelar MA dalam Penulisan Kreatif, Brigid Lowry telah menerbitkan puisi dan fiksi pendek untuk orang dewasa, bersama dengan delapan buku pemenang hadiah untuk remaja. Dia memiliki dua koleksi esai: Still Life With Teapot: On Zen, Writing and Creativity dan A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself, & Other Essays. Karya kontemporernya bertujuan untuk menginspirasi orang lain melalui penjelajahan agama Buddha, psikologi penyembuhan, swadaya, memoar, dan humor.


Cass Lynch

Cass Lynch

Country: Australia

Session: First Nations Poets

Cass Lynch is a writer and researcher living on Whadjuk Noongar Country. She has recently completed a Creative Writing PhD that explores deep memory features of the Noongar oral storytelling tradition; in particular stories that reference the last ice age and the rise in sea level that followed it. She is a descendant of the Noongar people and a student of the Noongar language. She is the co-founder of Woylie Fest, an all-Aboriginal culture-sharing and literature festival, and through the associated Woylie Project she facilitates bringing Noongar stories into print. Her Noongar language haikus, published in Westerly 64.1, won the 2019 Patricia Hackett Prize. Her audio storytelling works have been featured at Perth Festival, Arts House Melbourne, Cool Change Contemporary, and PICA. Her short story 'Split', a creative impression of deep time Perth, can be found in the UQP publication Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now.

Penulis dan peneliti Cass Lynch baru-baru ini menyelesaikan gelar PhD dalam Penulisan Kreatif yang mengeksplorasi tradisi bercerita lisan Noongar, orang Aborigin Australia di sudut barat daya Australia Barat. Dia adalah salah satu pendiri Woylie Fest, sebuah festival sastra yang seluruhnya Aborigin. Dia membawa cerita Noongar ke dalam cetakan melalui Proyek Woylie. Bukunya, Five Haiku, memenangkan Patricia Hackett Prize pada tahun 2019.


Christine Helliwell

Christine Helliwell

Country: Australia

Session: Semut

Christine Helliwell is a New Zealand-born anthropologist, author and academic, currently Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She has been carrying out research on Borneo’s indigenous Dayak peoples – including living with them in their communities for months at a time – for almost forty years, and has written widely on Dayak social and cultural life. Since 2014 Christine has been researching WWII in Borneo, with a particular interest in the special operations conducted there by the Australian secret organisation codenamed Services Reconnaissance Department, popularly known as Z Special Unit. Her book Semut – on the most important of the Borneo ‘Z’ operations – is her first book for a general readership.

Saat ini tinggal di Canberra, Australia, Christine Helliwell adalah antropolog kelahiran Selandia Baru, penulis, akademisi, dan Profesor Emeritus di Australian National University. Dia melakukan penelitian dan penulisan ekstensif tentang masyarakat Dayak Adat Borneo. Sejak 2014, dia telah meneliti Kalimantan selama Perang Dunia II. Bukunya, Semut, secara khusus berbicara tentang operasi rahasia Borneo ‘Z’ Militer Australia.


Christine Layton

Christine Layton

Country: Australia

Session: Roads Less Travelled

Christine Layton presents the state-wide program ‘Afternoons on ABC Radio Perth’.  After studying jazz at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Christine held a variety of roles before commencing a career in radio. After three years at 98five as Breakfast and Drive presenter, Christine then presented Saturday Breakfast on ABC Radio Perth before moving onto the flagship Afternoon program.


Cok Sawitri

Cok Sawitri

Country: Indonesia

Session: Performance and Poetry

Balinese author and performance artist, Cok Sawitri, has written multiple books of poetry and collections of short stories, including various art and cultural articles. She founded the Tulus Ngayah Group in 1990, which intensely organized practices for modern theater and traditional performing arts. Her work, Sakyamuni Itu Saja (Perlu Mati), won the Predicate Art of the Choice of TEMPO Magazine in 2018.

Penulis dan seniman pertunjukan Bali, Cok Sawitri telah menulis banyak buku puisi dan kumpulan cerita pendek, termasuk berbagai artikel seni dan budaya. Dia mendirikan Grup Tulus Ngayah pada tahun 1990, yang secara intensif mengorganisir praktik teater modern dan seni pertunjukan tradisional. Karyanya, Sakyamuni Itu Saja (Perlu Mati), meraih predikat Seni Pertunjukan Pilihan Majalah TEMPO tahun 2018.


Dandhy Dwi Laksono

Dandhy Dwi Laksono

Country: Indonesia

Session: Pulau Plastik - Q&A following screening

Dandhy Dwi Laksono is an Indonesian activist, investigative journalist, and filmmaker. He is known for the 2019 documentary film Sexy Killers, which documented the collusion between the political establishment and the coal mining industry responsible for environmental destructions. He is the Founder of a production house, WatchDoc, and has produced multiple controversial documentaries on humanitarian issues.

Dandhy Dwi Laksono adalah seorang pegiat, jurnalis investigasi, dan pembuat film Indonesia. Ia dikenal karena film dokumenter Sexy Killers yang tayang pada tahun 2019, yang mendokumentasikan kolusi antara lembaga politik dan industri pertambangan batu bara yang bertanggung jawab atas perusakan lingkungan. Ia adalah Pendiri sebuah rumah produksi, WatchDoc, dan telah memproduksi beberapa film dokumenter kontroversial tentang masalah kemanusiaan.


David Allen-Petale

David Allen-Petale


Desi Anwar

Desi Anwar

Country: Indonesia

Session: Media and Memoir

Desi Anwar is a national journalist, TV anchor and writer, based in Jakarta. She has written multiple books published by Gramedia, including A Simple Life, Being Indonesian, Growing Pains, OFFLINE: Finding Yourself in the Age of Distractions, and The Art of Solitude.

Desi Anwar adalah jurnalis dan pembawa acara TV nasional, dan penulis yang berbasis di Jakarta. Dia telah menulis beberapa buku yang diterbitkan oleh Gramedia, termasuk A Simple Life, Being Indonesian, Growing PainsOFFLINE: Finding Yourself in the Age of Distractions, dan The Art of Solitude.


Elfie Shiosaki

Elfie Shiosaki

Country: Australia

Session: First Nations Poets

Elfie Shiosaki is a Noongar and Yawuru writer. She is a lecturer in Indigenous Rights at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia.  She was the Editor of Indigenous Writing at Westerly from 2017 to 2021.


Emily Sun

Emily Sun

Country: Australia

Session: Poetry and Politics

Emily Sun was born in Hong Kong, moved to England at age three, and at eight years old immigrated with her family to Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar (Perth, Western Australia). Emily’s poetry and prose have been published in various journals and anthologies including Meanjin, Growing Up Asian in Australia, Cordite Poetry Review and Australian Poetry Journal. She is a founding member of Invicible, a writing collective working out of Goolugatup Heathcoate. She  is currently a PhD candidate at UWA where she is working on a historical fiction project. Vociferate 詠 is her debut poetry collection.

 


Evi Mariani

Evi Mariani

Country: Indonesia

Session: The Jakarta Method

Jakarta-based journalist, Evi Mariani, received a SOPA Award for Excellence in Public Service Journalism in 2020. Her collaborative project also won a 2020 Tasrif Award and 2020 Indonesia Print Media Awards Golden Award for Investigative Journalism. She is the Co-founder and Chief Editor of Project Multatuli, a public service journalism initiative.


Felix K. Nesi

Felix K. Nesi

Country: Indonesia

Session: Poetry and Politics

Felix K. Nesi is the founder of a literacy community, the Leko Community, and an online bookstore and publisher called Buku Fanu in Kupang. He writes poetry, short stories, and essays in several newspapers such as Kompas, Tempo, Media Indonesia, and Jawa Pos. His novel, Orang-Orang Oetimu, was awarded the winner of the novel competition by the Jakarta Art Council in 2018.

Felix K. Nesi adalah pendiri komunitas literasi, Komunitas Leko, dan toko buku online dan penerbit Buku Fanu di Kupang. Ia menulis puisi, cerpen, dan esai di beberapa surat kabar seperti Kompas, Tempo, Media Indonesia, dan Jawa Pos. Novelnya, Orang-Orang Oetimu, mendapatkan penghargaan sebagai pemenang Sayembara Novel Dewan Kesenian Jakarta di 2018.


Fred Leone

Fred Leone

Country: Australia

Session: Performance and Poetry

As a Butchulla Songman, Fred Leone is one of Australia’s champions of Indigenous rights. He is the Founder of Queensland's only Indigenous owned and operated record label Impossible Odds Records. He is a current member of the Indigenous Advisory Group for the National Indigenous Music Awards and has toured in Canada, China, Malaysia, Brazil, the UK, and Australia.

Sebagai Butchulla Songman, Fred Leone adalah salah satu pembela hak-hak Pribumi Australia. Dia adalah satu-satunya Pendiri label rekaman yang dimiliki dan dioperasikan oleh Pribumi Queensland, Impossible Odds Records. Saat ini, Dia merupakan anggota dari Grup Penasihat Pribumi untuk Penghargaan Musik Pribumi Nasional dan telah melakukan tur di Kanada, Cina, Malaysia, Brasil, Inggris, dan Australia.


Gede Robi Supriyanto

Gede Robi Supriyanto

Country: Indonesia

Session: Pulau Plastik  post film screening interview

Gede Robi Supriyanto is an Indonesian rock musician, activist, writer, and farmer. He is the Director of Akarumput, a social-environmental media consultant and a certified Permaculture designer. He is the vocalist, guitarist, and the founder of the rock band Navicula, an internationally-known award-winning band. They have toured Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Gede Robi Supriyanto adalah seorang musisi rock, aktivis, penulis, dan petani Indonesia. Dia adalah Direktur Akarumput, konsultan media lingkungan sosial dan desainer Permakultur bersertifikat. Dia adalah vokalis, gitaris, dan pendiri band rock Navicula, sebuah band pemenang penghargaan yang terkenal secara internasional. Mereka telah melakukan tur ke Kanada, Amerika Serikat, dan Australia.


Gillian O’Shaughnessy

Gillian O’Shaughnessy

Country: Australia

Sessions: Media and Memoir  Women of a Certain Rage  Kalyakoorl

Gillian is an Australian journalist, writer, and presenter. She spent 25 years at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation working in radio and television news, and hosted the Afternoon Show on ABC Radio for ten years until December 2020.

Jurnalis Gillian O’Shaughnessy mulai bekerja di ABC pada tahun 1996 di ruang redaksi sebagai seorang reporter magang. Pada tahun 2010 ia pindah ke ABC Radio Perth dan kini tampil untuk acara, Afternoons. Ia pernah menjadi finalis di Bath Flash Fiction Award dan London Independent Story Prize.


Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Country: Australia

SessionKalyakoorl, ngalak warangka, (Forever, we sing) - Book launch and Concert

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are award winning songwriters who write and perform contemporary songs in one of the most beautiful and rare languages: Noongar language from the southern corner of Western Australia. As conduits of a fractured past, they are agitators for a hopeful future. Their first book, Kalyakoorl ngalak warangka (Forever we sing) is a songbook featuring songs from their first two albums, Kalyakoorl (Forever) and Bindi Bindi (The Butterfly).


Hassan Al Nawwab

Hassan Al Nawwab

Country: Australia

Session: Performance and Poetry

Hassan Al Nawwab was born in Iraq in 1960 and came to Australia in 2003 with his wife and children. He is a poet and journalist who has published three volumes of poetry and two plays in Arabic, and has received numerous awards for his poems. Poems That Do Not Sleep is Hassan’s first collection in English.


Iain Grandage

Iain Grandage

Country: Australia

Session: Book Launch: Kalyakoorl, ngalak warangka  (Forever, we sing)

Iain Grandage is the Artistic Director of the Perth Festival 2020-2024. He is one of Australia’s most highly regarded collaborative artists, having won Helpmann Awards for his compositions for Theatre (Cloudstreet, Secret River), for Dance (When Time Stops), and for Opera - with Kate Miller-Heidke (The Rabbits). He has been music director for large scale events for Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals over the last two decades, has an extensive track record of collaboration with indigenous artists across the country.


Johannes Widodo

Johannes Widodo

Country: Indonesia

Session: The Nutmeg's Curse

Johannes is trained in architecture and urban history. His current research and teaching is inclined towards an inter-disciplinary study on urban history, culture and morphology of Asian cities, with special focus on Southeast Asia and the multi-layering process of different cultures (Vernacular, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Chinese, European), and its transformation since the first century until the present. Another interest is in the study of Asian modernity and modernisms and conservation of modern Architecture in changing Asian contexts, including environmental and cultural sustainability and resilience.

Johannes Widodo adalah Direktur Master of Arts dalam Program Konservasi Arsitektur dan Tun Tan Cheng Lock Center for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage di National University of Singapore. Ia menggunakan metode blended learning saat meneliti dan mengajar. Karyanya saat ini berfokus pada studi interdisipliner tentang sejarah dan budaya perkotaan di Asia Tenggara.


Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Country: Australia

Session: Media and Memoir

Australian journalist, broadcaster, and author Julia Baird won her first Walkley Award for her coverage of the Australian federal election in 1998. She regularly contributes to The New York Times and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a regular host of The Drum, a news review on ABC. Her book, Phosphorescence was named Book of the Year at the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards.

Jurnalis, penyiar, dan penulis Australia, Julia Baird, memenangkan Walkley Award pertamanya untuk liputannya tentang pemilihan federal Australia pada tahun 1998. Dia secara rutin berkontribusi untuk The New York Times dan The Sydney Morning Herald, dan merupakan pembawa acara tetap The Drum, sebuah berita ulasan di ABC. Bukunya, Phosphorescence, dinobatkan sebagai Buku Terbaik di Penghargaan Industri Buku Australia 2021.


Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders

Country: Australia

Session: First Nations Poets

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning multidisciplinary creator and consultant. An experienced speaker and facilitator advocating for the environment, gender and racial equality and LGBTIQA+ rights, Kirli was the NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year (2020).

Kirli’s booksThe Incredible Freedom Machines (2018, Scholastic), Kindred (2019, Magabala) and Bindi (2020, Magabala) have been celebrated by the Prime Minister’s, QLD, WA and Victorian Premier’s Literary, ABIAs, Kate Challis RAKA, ABDA and CBCA awards. Her work is published in anthologies and public art. She has 8 forthcoming titles.


Krishna Sen

Krishna Sen

Country: Australia

Session: Weaving Mythical Characters and Magic Realism

Krishna Sen is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at UWA. She is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Indonesia and media studies and has published many books and papers in her specialist fields. She has held teaching, research and leadership positions at Murdoch, Curtin, UWA and the Australian Research Council (ARC). Krishna is Indian by birth, Australian by choice. As a polyglot, she is able to enjoy literary works in several Asian languages including English.


Meg McKinlay

Meg McKinlay

Country: Australia

Session: Women of a Certain Rage

Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet who has published nineteen books for young people as well as a collection of poetry for adults. Her children’s writing ranges from picture books through to young adult fiction and her publications include the Prime Minister's Literary Award-winning A Single Stone. Meg has a PhD in Japanese Literature and Feminist Theory, and was previously an academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Japanese, Literature, and Creative Writing. These days, she writes full-time from her home near Fremantle.

Penerima Penghargaan Sastra Perdana Menteri, penulis dan penyair anak-anak Meg McKinlay telah menerbitkan 19 buku untuk kaum muda, dari buku bergambar hingga fiksi Y/a, serta koleksi puisi untuk orang dewasa. Meg meraih gelar PhD dalam Sastra Jepang dan Teori Feminis dan sebelumnya bekerja sebagai akademisi di University of Western Australia. Saat ini, Meg menulis penuh waktu dari rumahnya di dekat Fremantle.


Michael Done

Michael Done

Country: Australia

Session: Self-reflection and loving kindness

An accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter, Michael Done has a special interest in Indian devotional singing.  His version of the traditional Hindu chant "Lokaha Samasta" enjoys huge international popularity.


Rebecca Higgie

Rebecca Higgie

Country: Australia

Session: Weaving Mythical Characters and Magic Realism

Rebecca is a writer from Perth. Her whole life has been spent in the company of books, with careers in libraries and universities. Formerly an academic at Curtin University and Brunel University London, she has published research on satire and politics. She has worked in the stacks of the State Library of Western Australia and fostered childhood literacy as the Library Officer at Guildford Primary, WA’s oldest public school. Her creative work combines whimsy and play with extensive research and critical insights. Her novel The History of Mischief won the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.

Kehidupan penulis Perth, Rebecca Higgie, dikelilingi oleh buku; mulai dari pekerjaannya di Perpustakaan Negara Bagian Australia Barat hingga akademisinya di Curtin University dan Brunel University London. Rebecca telah menerbitkan penelitian tentang satire dan politik, sementara karya kreatifnya menggabungkan keanehan dengan penelitian ekstensif dan wawasan kritis. Novelnya, The History of Mischief, memenangkan Penghargaan Sastra Fogarty 2019 untuk naskah yang tidak diterbitkan.


Rebecca Prince-Ruiz

Rebecca Prince-Ruiz

Country: Australia

Session: Pulau Plastik

From humble beginnings in 2011, the award-winning Plastic Free July® campaign is now one of the world’s biggest environmental movements - helping people, communities and organisations reduce plastic waste. It was started by founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, an author, speaker and global changemaker in the remote city of Perth, Western Australia. In 2020 an estimated 326 million people from 177 countries took part in Plastic Free July, choosing to refuse single-use plastic and together make a difference. The campaign is delivered globally by the non-profit Plastic Free Foundation which has a vision of a world without plastic waste.


Sarah Yeung

Sarah Yeung

Country: Australia

Session: Poetry and Politics

Sarah Yeung is an emerging writer, researcher, and editor living on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja. She is a member of the Editorial Collective for Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies and is the Co-Editor of Zou Mat Je, a publication showcasing works by writers and artists across the Cantonese diaspora. Sarah is undertaking a PhD in English and Literary Studies at The University of Western Australia. Situated in the field of memory studies, her current work examines the intersections of haunting, place, and childhood.


Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Country: Australia

Session: Semut

Professor Stephen Smith has been a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Western Australia since 2014. He is currently the Chair of Sapien Cyber, Chair of the UWA Defence and Security Institute, Chair of the Advisory Board of the UWA Public Policy Institute, and a member of the Board of the Perth USAsia Centre. Professor Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Trade.

Profesor Stephen Smith adalah Profesor Hukum Internasional Publik di University of Western Australia dan mantan anggota parlemen Federal dengan Partai Buruh Australia, melayani di berbagai portofolio federal antara 1993-2013. Dia juga bekerja sebagai pengacara dan pengacara di Perth. Saat ini, Stephen adalah Ketua Sapien Cyber, Ketua Institut Pertahanan dan Keamanan UWA, Ketua Dewan Penasihat Institut Kebijakan Publik UWA, dan anggota Dewan Perth USAsia Centre.


Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Country: Australia

Session: Performance and Poetry

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a playwright, poet, and screenwriter. Her passion for storytelling and authentic representation has led her to compete in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition (2014) as a finalist, perform on Australia’s Got Talent (2016) as a semi-finalist and speak at TedxUWA (2017) as well as TedxNewtown (2019). She has performed with notable artists such as Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion, and her poetry and community arts projects have led her to tour globally and across her nation. In 2019, Sukhjit premiered her debut theatre show, Fully Sikh, with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan Theatre Company (Best Newcomer, Performing Arts WA Awards 2020).


Victoria Midwinter Pitt

Victoria Midwinter Pitt

Country: Australia

Session: Women of a Certain Rage

Victoria Midwinter Pitt is a Walkley Award winning documentary film-maker, and theatre writer & director. Victoria’s films include FrontierRampant - How a City Stopped a PlagueSurviving MumbaiLeaky Boat and Afghanistan - Inside Australia’s War. Her work has won Walkley, AACTA and other major awards, been nominated for two Emmys and screened across the world’s major film festivals and broadcasters. Victoria trained in theatre at London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first play, All the Things I Would Never Tell You in 8 Songs & 12 Pictures, opened Spain’s independent theatre festival, the Alternativa, at the Teatro Sala Triangulo in Madrid. To make her most recent play I’m With Her she drew on her documentary interviewing skills to weave a story from conversations with nine Australian women, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. All Victoria’s work rests on the power and revelation of first hand story-telling.

Pembuat film dokumenter, penulis teater, dan sutradara pemenang penghargaan Emmy dan Walkley Award, Victoria Midwinter Pitt, telah diputar di festival film internasional besar. Dilatih di Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London, karyanya bertumpu pada kekuatan dan pengungkapan cerita tangan pertama. Drama terbarunya adalah I’m With Her dan film-filmnya termasuk Frontier, Leaky Boat, dan Surviving Mumbai.


Vincent Bevins

Vincent Bevins

Country: America

Session: The Jakarta Method

Vincent Bevins is an award-winning journalist and correspondent, covering Southeast Asia for The Washington Post. He previously served as the Brazil Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and worked for The Financial Times in London. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, and The Guardian, among others. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian and basic German.

Vincent Bevins adalah jurnalis dan koresponden pemenang penghargaan, meliput Asia Tenggara untuk The Washington Post. Dia sebelumnya menjabat sebagai Koresponden Brasil untuk Los Angeles Times dan bekerja untuk The Financial Times di London. Dia telah menulis diantaranya untuk The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, dan The Guardian. Dia berbicara bahasa Spanyol, Portugis, Indonesia dan Jerman dasar.


Vivienne Glance

Vivienne Glance

Country: Australia

Session: Pulau Plastik - Q&A with Dhandy Laksano and Gede Robi Supriyanto following film screening.

As a playwright, poet, and prose writer, Vivienne’s work has been published and presented in Australia and internationally. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia and board member of Writing WA. Her creative interests particularly lie at the intersection of science, art and society, environmental activism, and cultural diversity.

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