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How have policies during the pandemic affected people from deaf communities in Indonesia and in the UK?

Are the policies inclusive and fair enough for them?

How do these people feel and what can they share to the public about inclusivity in the times of pandemic?

Lily Yulianti Farid, Erni Aladjai and Fitrah Ramadhan (ID) will collaborate with Literature Across Frontiers (UK) to explore the questions raised above. 

Lily Yulianti Farid

Lily Yulianti Farid is the founder/director of Makassar International Writers Festival and a short story writer. She is also the co-founder of Rumata’ Artspace and works as a volunteer for the cultural organization since 2010. Lily received the National Cultural Award 2018 from the Government of Indonesia.

Erni Aladjai

Erni Aladjai writes fiction and news articles. She is also a freelance researcher. In her hometown, Banggai, Erni runs an independent library with her mother. Her latest book, Haniyah dan Ala di Rumah Teteruga published by KPG (Indonesia) in 2021. Erni was also an emerging writer alumna of MIWF 2011.

Fitrah Ramadhan

Fitrah Ramadhan was born in Sungguminasa, Gowa in 1999. Fitrah is a deaf dancer who likes poetries. He talks in sign language. His philosophy is "I think, therefore I am” by Rene Descartes.

Literature Across Frontiers

The Wales-based organisation Literature Across Frontiers has initiated and coordinated international literary and artistic cooperation projects for two decades, with many large-scale collaborative exchange residencies across Europe and beyond, particularly in Asia and the MENA region. They are experienced in cross-cultural work involving translation and are often invited to share their expertise with other organisations and contribute to arts and culture policy development at international and national level. Their recent projects include Poetry Connections India Wales (part of the Wales India cultural season) and Ulysses Shelter, a multilateral residency project with young writers form Wales and South East Europe. This is the first time LAF is planning to work on an international project with a disabled community.