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Literary festival shines light on living legend Nh. Dini

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 28 2017   /  12:20 am

Deserved honor: Writer Nh. Dini receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from Melbourne-born Janet DeNeefe, founder and director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival during the opening of the annual event at Puri Ubud, Bali, on Wednesday.(JP/Anggara Mahendra)A jubilant session with one of Indonesia’s living literary legends Nh. Dini was the highlight of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) at Neka Museum in Ubud, Bali, on Thursday.

Hundreds of literary enthusiasts packed the museum’s open hall, listening attentively as Nh. Dini was interviewed by prominent journalist and writer Leila S Chudori.

The 81-year-old narrated how in 1951 a local radio program spurred her interest in writing. The program, featuring the reading of lyrical verses and their beauty, stimulated her to sit in front of her late father’s old typewriter and start composing her own verses....