Slots now open for ASEAN-Japan literary programme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI’S writers and poets who are interested in joining the upcoming ASEAN-Japan Residency Programme 2016 from April 29 to May 5 in Jakarta, Indonesia can now apply.

The deadline for registration is on March 10.

This unprecedented programme, which will be held prior to the 3rd ASEAN Literary Festival, is expected to gather participants from the 10 ASEAN countries, Timor Leste and Japan.

A total of 12 writers will be selected to join the one-week event that aims to enhance their understanding about the people in the region. They will be given the opportunity to stay and interact with chosen local residents of Jakarta.

The ASEAN-Japan Residency Programme participants will also be attending the annual ASEAN Literary Festival that will run from May 5 to 8.

“We hope that through this residency programme, it will attract more participants from Brunei to attend the ASEAN Literary festivals (in coming years),” Co-founder and Programme Director of ASEAN Literary Festival Okky Madasari told The Brunei Times via text message yesterday.

Okky noted the participation of writers from Brunei in previous ASEAN Literary Festivals were relatively low.

Explaining about the residency programme, she said the selected writers will be staying in a neighbourhood area in Jakarta to get to know and experience their way of life.

“We hope that such interactions will inspire the writers to produce works which reflect issues in our society in the spirit of humanity,” she said.

The programme will cover return airfare tickets, accommodation, meals and local transport.

The residency programme is open to citizens of ASEAN member states, Timor Leste and Japan aged 18-40, and preferably can speak English.

She expressed hope the festival will give a greater impact to ASEAN, especially after the regional grouping officially launched the ASEAN Economic Community on December 31, 2015.

“Literatures and books are indeed an important factor in a community, especially for building the understanding of the people,” she said. Applicants must submit their curriculum vitae, a book or five short stories or five essays or 10 poems in English or their own mother tongues. They may email it to aseanliteraryfest@gmail.com, which can also be contacted for more information.

The Brunei Times