Eliza Vitri Handayani’s From Now On Everything Will Be Different is a taut and intense novel that depicts a moment in a society, and in two lives, when the hope that everything can be better is real, when it partly happens, a revolution experienced through the lens of a photographer, a young woman who, as author, offers us her own new writer’s voice. Handayani’s commitment as a writer is continuous with her work as a translator and also as an advocate for freedom of expression.
At MWF Eliza spoke at the panels Muslim Feminism, Protest & Rebellion, and Writers Across Borders. She was also one of the surprise guests at Dumbo Feather’s Caravan Conversation.
WrICE brings together a group of five Australian and five Asian writers each year for a face-to-face collaborative residency in Asia followed by a reciprocal event in Australia at the Melbourne Writers Festival. It contributes to an Asia-Pacific community of writers, sparking networks and connections and raising the professional profile of writers across the region. Eliza Vitri Handayani was one of WrICE’s 2016 fellows.
May 5-8 Eka Kurniawan and I attended Wordstorm, Northern Territories Writers Festival in Darwin, Australia. We talked about political change in Indonesia, female sexuality, freedom and its costs, and censorship.
Eliza Vitri Handayani appeared at Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT) events 2012-13.