Indonesian writer, linguist and translator Dias Novita Wuri talks about her latest project Makrame, 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 selected as one of 15 Indonesia's Emerging Writers by Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in 2014, and participated in the festival as 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 a writer and editor, based in Canberra. Her debut book, No-Country Woman will be published by Hachette Australia in 2018. Zoya founded online journal Feminartsy in 2014, following four years as Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year.