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The national poets’ organisation, Australian Poetry Ltd (AP), and the School of Music Poets present:
Meet your Neighbours: Poetry and readings by Indonesian and Australian writers
at Biginelli Expresso Café, level 5 of School of Music at 12.30-2.00pm on Tuesday 6 November. Entry is gold coin donation.
The event will feature Indonesian performer/writer/researcher, Khairani Barokka, and educator/writer, Butet Manurung, as well as local poets Hazel Hall, J.C. Inman, Hal Judge and Sandra Renew.
Khairani Barokka, known as “Okka”, is an Indonesian writer, performer, artist, producer and researcher. Okka is introducing spoken word to Indonesia, where she promotes creative performance and cultural experimentation. She is in Australia to present and further her research on making the arts more inclusive of people with all abilities in Asia, as well as to perform as an artist with a disability life story herself. She was educated at Middlebury College in the US and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts program in art, innovation and technology, where she was a Tisch Departmental Fellow. In 2011, Okka was the first Indonesian writer-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, the largest international artists’ residency program in the USA. She recently co-authored a novel, “Last Night on Earth”, by So Say We All Press in California, with 21 other writers worldwide, and is a contributor to international arts and criticism journal “The State”.
Butet Manurung is an Indonesian educator and activist. She will be reading some excerpts from her fascinating new book “The Jungle School”. Butet was born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1972. She developed a love of the outdoors while earning her degrees in anthropology and Indonesian literature from Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. In 1999, Butet joined the conservation NGO, WARSI, to lead their educational program for the Orang Rimba, the “people of the forest” indigenous to the rainforests of Jambi. Her work in the jungle evolved into co-founding SOKOLA, a non-profit organisation providing educational opportunities for marginalised people in remote areas of Indonesia. As an educator and activist, she has received international recognition. In 2011 she completed a Masters Degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the ANU.