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SWF Lecture: When Meaning is Managed: The Fate of Literature


Sat Oct 31 2015, 4:00pm–5:00pm

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, City Hall, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • 10% SG50 Discount: $13.50
  • Additional fees may apply

An Indonesian man of letters, Goenawan Mohamad was a fierce critic of the Suharto regime which ruled Indonesia for much of the late 20th century. He founded Tempo, a magazine which covers news and politics within the country. His radical and outspoken political views often occlude the quality of his poetic output. He will touch on the polarised state of writing in Indonesia, and how writers navigate and assert their voices in this sphere where messages are being managed.

This event is curated by The Arts House as part of the SWF Country Focus: Indonesia. The session is in English.

Goenawan Mohamad is a poet, a highly respected journalist and a prolific essayist. His weekly columns, ‘Catatan Pinggir’ [‘Sidelines’], have appeared in the news magazine, Tempo, of which he was editor-in-chief for 23 years. His other collections of essays include Portrait of a Young Poet as Malin Kundang (1972), Sex, Literature, Us (1980) and On God and Other Unfinished Things (2007). Goenawan is a recipient of the International Press Freedom Award (1998), International Editor of the Year Award (1991) and Dan David Prize (2006) for his work as a journalist.