Indonesian writer, linguist and translator Dias Novita Wuri talks about her latest project Birth Canal, which explores how memories of war linger in modern life, particularly for second world war ‘comfort women’. Dias appears in conversation with feminist writer and editor Zoya Patel, whose debut book, No-Country Woman, will be published in 2018.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Dias Novita Wuri is visiting Australia on the 2018 Tulis Australia-Indonesia Writing Exchange, and is supported by AsiaLink, Varuna the National Writers’ House and WestWords.

Dias Novita Wuri (International)

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Dias Novita Wuri lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her first book, Makrame, was published in 2017. She is currently serving as advisor in the editorial desk of Jakartabeat. She was one of 15 selected Indonesian Emerging Writers by Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in 2014, and participated in the festival as a speaker. In 2015, she participated in Salihara Literary Biennale and appeared in LIFEs Salihara 2017.

Zoya Patel (Australian)

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Zoya Patel is the author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. Zoya is also the founding editor of Feminartsy and the former editor-in-chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the 2015 Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named ACT Young Woman of the Year in 2015.