The Jakarta Post
JP/Andi Hajramurni“All advanced cities or countries are always supported by communities with a literary tradition,” Lily Yulianti Farid, 40, the initiator and director of the mid-June Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, told The Jakarta Post last weekend.
The doctorate student of gender and media at the University of Melbourne has been active in organizing programs to induce a literary tradition or a culture of writing and reading, particularly literary works, at her birth place, Makassar. Lily is very eager to see the city imbued with a deep culture of literacy.
Her awareness of the importance of promoting this literary writing and reading tradition strengthened after the mother of one furthered her study in Melbourne in 2000 and attended festivals of writers in several countries like Singapore, Australia, France, Holland and Hon...