Intan Paramaditha: London Book Fair and related events (March 2019)

Photo: Komite Buku Nasional (National Organizing Committee – London Book Fair Indonesia Market Focus Programme)


Intan Paramaditha will participate in the London Book Fair Indonesia Market Focus Programme (March 12-14, 2019) and speak at various events in the UK. Please see the schedule below.




Resistance: Literature as Activism


Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road
London, EC1R 3GA United Kingdom


£7 – £10

Join us for an exclusive evening with two of Indonesia’s most exciting writers, Intan Paramaditha and Norman Erikson Pasaribu. Intan Paramaditha is a fiction writer and academic whose works focus on the intersection between gender and sexuality, culture and politics. Norman Erikson Pasaribu is a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer who was dubbed by English PEN as ‘part of a long tradition of queer Catholic writing’. Both Paramaditha and Pasaribu are deeply engaged with Indonesian feminist and cultural activist networks. They will be joined by Harry Josephine Giles, writer, performer and activist, to discuss how writing can be an act of resistance against the prevailing culture and to consider and how to navigate life as an activist writer. Chaired by Theodora Danek.

This event is presented by English PEN in partnership with the British Council as part of the Indonesia Market Focus at The London Book Fair 2019.

Book tickets




Feminist Fairy Tales


Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 – 11:00

London Book Fair, Olympia, London
The Cross-Cultural Hub

As children, stories are told to us – about others, about ourselves, the people we might turn out to be and the opportunities that are open to us. But what happens when the stories don’t fit? How does fiction hold up a mirror to the darker part of ourselves and our societies, and can it offer us another route out, into alternative ways to dream and resist? Intan Paramaditha is the author of Apple and Knife, a collection of feminist horror stories including subversive rewritings of well-known fairy tales and Indonesian myths. Clara Ng is known for her adult and children’s fiction, including a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. They will appear alongside Kirsty Logan whose also writing also explores women, fairy tales and horror.



Intan Paramaditha in conversation with Sharlene Teo

Wednesday, March 13, 15:00 – 15:30

London Book Fair, Olympia, London
English PEN Literary Salon

Intan Paramaditha is an award-winning Indonesian fiction writer and academic whose works focus on the intersection between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics. Her short story collection Apple and Knife was published by Brow Books (Australia) and Harvill Secker (UK) in 2018 and takes subversive feminist horror to new levels. She is appearing in conversation with fellow award-winning novelist Sharlene Teo to discuss women, horror and non-conformity.


also see:


PEN Literary Salon at London Book Fair

Issues and Authors at London Book Fair 2019: Women’s Voices





Apple and Knife

Friday, March 15, 7:00 pm

Essex Book Festival

Metal at Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell Avenue Southend-on-Sea, SS0 8NB

Intan Paramaditha in conversation with Syd Moore

Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian writer who re-writes traditional Indonesian folk tales through a feminist horror lens. Syd Moore’s mystery thrillers are inspired by the myths of Essex. Join us as these two extraordinary women discuss their work, their different perspectives, and what it means to re-write old stories and myths with a contemporary, feminist slant.

This event is part of Metal and Essex Book Festival’s Pop-Up Writers’ House. 




Other Events


Author Reading at Teatulia Tea Bar

Monday, March 11, 2019
Teatulia Tea Bar
36 Neal Street


Live streaming interview for the Vintage Women Book Club 
Monday, March 11, 2:30pm GMT
Join the book club: 



Related news/ interviews:


British Council Q&A: Intan Paramaditha & Ellie Steel


Leading Indonesian Writers at The London Book Fair 2019 Revealed

About the Author (London Book Fair website)