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Pasaribu wins $30k Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is the winner of the inaugural Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship, worth $30,000.

Pasaribu, a writer and poet from Indonesia, will undertake a three-month residency at the Centre for Stories in Perth, Western Australia, to work on a manuscript.

Pasaribu’s debut poetry collection Sergius Mencari Bacchus (Sergius Seeks Bacchus), which won the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council Poetry Competition, was translated into English by Tiffany Tsao and published by Giramondo in Australia in 2019. In 2022, their first book of fiction Happy Stories, Mostly (trans by Tiffany Tsao, Giramondo) won the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and was longlisted for the International Booker Prize.

Centre for Stories creative director Robert Wood, who judged applications for the fellowship alongside authors Elfie Shiosaki and Roanna Gonsalves, said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the quality of proposals which included extremely talented writers from all across the world. Norman’s aim to write the next Great Indonesian Novel was seen by all as a worthy project supported by their own track record as a globally recognised talent. We cannot wait to host Norman here.’

The fellowship, which was established earlier this year, aims to ‘support the work of talented individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to ideas and practices that foster belonging and better cross-cultural understanding’, ‘deepen and broaden the literary culture in Western Australia’, and offer Western Australian emerging writers access to writers of international reputation.

For more information about the fellowship, see the Centre for Stories website.


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