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Found in translation

  • Sara Veal

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 9 2009   /  10:08 am

Closed book: The exterior of The Arts House, a 182-year-old building that was formerly Singapore’s first court house, as well as the former parliament house, and the main venue for the 2009 Singapore Writers’ Festival, which took place between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1.Much like Indonesia itself, the vast Asian region is rich with culture and full of voices, all of which translate into a storytelling goldmine, be it through prose, poetry, comics or films. Unfortunately, the region’s strengths are also its weaknesses — the linguistic and cultural differences added to relatively low literacy rates and lack of promotion for new authors, means that many
intriguing voices are in danger of never being heard.In recognition of this ongoing dilemma, this year’s 13th biennial Singapore Writers’ Festival (SWF 2009), which took place between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1, aimed to promote Asian litera...