15 December 2012, Internationella Biblioteket-Stockholm had a guest from Indonesia. A young-talented writer who name is Asma Nadia. She has journey to Europe to attend a young writer yearly meeting in Barcelona-Spain and will continue to write sequel of Jilbab Traveler. Her sequel will tell about ‘How being a woman who wearing a jilbab (hijab) traveling around Europe’. Sweden is one of her destination. So, in the middle of her journey, Internationella Biblioteket – Stockholm and Indonesian University Student Association in Sweden (Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia (PPI-Swedia)) invited her to be a speaker in Writing Workshop. Around 25 people attended to this event and learned how to write, to get idea and many things which gave us many inspirations. For me, I can improve my skills too. There is not late to learn something.
Who is Asma Nadia?
Asma Nadia or Asmarani Rosalba is one of Indonesia’s young writer who is very active producing books and sharing knowledge, especially How to Write A Story. She was born in 1972 in Indonesia and has two childrens. Her books almost talk about teenager and young woman moslem’s life. But, the non-muslims readers can read her books easily because she writes about universal love and life stories.
More than 30 titles have been published and printed in 70.000 copies which sold nationwide. Her book which title Emak Ingin Naik Haji was filmed. The royalties from this film is given to help poor moslem to pilgrimage to Mecca. Other her short story which title Jendela Rara was filmed too and gave her royalti for building slums area into liveable for poor childrens.
Asma Nadia got various national and international awards. She got Adikarya Ikapi 2005 — a prestigious award from the Association of Indonesian Publishers (Ikapi, red)— for teen books category. She won a prize from South East Asia Literary Council (MASTERA), as the best participant in 10 years. She honored as the best script in Indonesian’s Women Playwrights 2005 from The Jakarta Art Council and achieved Mizan Award for the best fiction writer. Her profile was put as one of the 100 distinguished women publishers, writers and researchers in Indonesia, compiled by well-known literary critic Korrie Layun Rampan, 2001.
She often invited to be a speaker in other countries, such as in Rome, Berlin, Manchester, Geneva and Newcastle. At the year 2006, she was invited to stay in Korea for Residency Exchange Programs for Asian Writers, for six months. Others, invitations Writers in Residence from Le Chateau de Lavigny, France in August-September 2009.
Think Big is her philosophy. Asma Nadia has also known as a founder of Forum Lingkar Pena (FLP) and Yayasan Lingkar Pena (YLP)—a non-profit organization which help teenagers and young age becomine a writer. She established Asma Nadia Publishing House (APH) which published her books and FLP’s members. She established a Rumah Baca Asma Nadia (RBA) which has aims giving support poor childrens to love books and read. Now, she has 40 RBA which spread across various cities in Indonesia, such as Gresik, Bogor, Balikpapan, Pekanbaru, Yogyakarta, Papua, and Tenggarong. She involved at the Indonesian Women Write Movement campaign.
Through firstname.lastname@example.org — a mailing list established since March 24, 2006 — she has been able to encourage her readers to join her in composing books. The mailing list, which began as gathering forum for her readers, now serves as the medium to channel Asma Nadia’s visions on literacy. Indeed, the campaign to write, which she often advocates through writing forums and talk shows has found a more comfortable and well-oriented home. Tangible results of this movement are several published books, which is co-authored by Asma Nadia and her friends from the mailing list. When she is not working on her writing, she gives workshops in writing, and speak in various writing conferences primarily in Indonesia but in other countries as well.
Asma Nadia started her career after she graduated her senior high school at SMA Negeri 1-Budi Utomo, Jakarta. She lives in Depok, West of Java. Currently, she was travelling to several cities in Europe for preparing a new series of The Jilbab Traveler. She named her journey: The Hijab Traveler, Around The World: November 2012-January 2013. Sweden is one of her destinations.
Recently, she is on the list of The Muslim 500: The World’s Most Influential Muslims 2012 for the category of art and culture (www.themuslim500.com).
“Knowledge is not a commodity to be traded between expert and novice. Rather, it is a construction- of ideas negotiated by the learner in a social setting.”