BBI(ACT) will be holding its next malam sastra from 18:30 AEST (15:30 WIB) on 11 June 2021 to discuss the recently launched novel Yogya Yogya by Herry Gendut Janarto. Herry will be joining us via Zoom from 18:30 (AEST) to share his thoughts on the novel.

An invitation is also extended to non-BBI members to participate via Zoom (see details below). The novel Yogya Yogya can be ordered through Mas Amrih or purchased on line at Jual Buku – Buku Best Seller Karya Herry Gendut Janarto –

NAILA Webinar – Basics of Speechcrafting

The following message has been received from the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards:

“Dear Academics, Lecturers, Teachers of Indonesian

I am writing to ask if you can share our upcoming NAILA (National Australia Indonesia Language Awards) webinar to your students and network. This webinar contains tips and tricks on how to craft the perfect speech. We will have a very special guest speaker – Natali Tjahjadi: 

Natali completed a Master of Business (Advanced) in International Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Queensland, as a recipient of Australia Awards Scholarship. She is currently the Operational Manager of CV Widya Triguna.

Natali is the 2021 Toastmaster International Evaluation Contest & International Speech Contest Champion (District 87 Area G3 Bali), Wander Voice International English Speech Competition and a Judge for Online Toastmasters Debate Competition Indonesia 2021.

Natali has extensive experience in public speaking and has participated in a number of international public speaking competitions. She holds a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Certification and is the current Club President for Bhinneka Online Toastmasters Club.

This Webinar will be held: 

WEDNESDAY, 21ST APRIL 2021 AT 6PM – 8PM AEST via Zoom. 

Here is the link provided for the event – 

AIYA National is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NAILA – Basics of Speechcrafting with Natali Tjahjadi
Time: Apr 21, 2021 06:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 896 9777 7308
Passcode: 935040

We hope to see some of you or your students there.


Jade Lee

Engagement Coordinator

Malam Sastra dengan Ibu Dewi Anggraeni

On 19 February 2021, Balai Bahasa Indonesia (BBI) members, as part of its series of ‘malam sastra’ (literary evenings) on Indonesian literature, discussed Dewi Anggraeni’s novel Membongkar Yang Terkubur. BBI was very privileged to have Ibu Dewi Anggraeni speak at this ‘malam sastra’ to discuss her book with its members. Ibu Dewi shared with members her motivation for writing for this novel. She wanted to write a story about ‘Tionghoa peranakan’ (Chinese Indonesians) spanning a longer period of history over several generations of one, ordinary family. She explained the novel’s story is also an exploration of her own identity as a ‘Tionghoa peranakan’, an identity which lies deep within the sub-conscious. Ibu Dewi generously answered a range of questions from members about the novel ranging from the language chosen (bahasa Indonesia) to characterisation to choice of publisher. This literary evening marks a successful start to the series and BBI is very grateful to Ibu Dewi for travelling to Canberra to share her thoughts about this important novel.

BBI members Pak Dave (kiri), Pak Robin (front) and Pak Amrih (back) at the malam sastra
BBI members Mbak Daisy and Mbak Prapti with Bu Dewi
The author, Ibu Dewi enjoying dinner out in Canberra following the malam sastra.

The next malam sastra will be held in May 2021 to discuss Herry Gendut Janarto’s book Yogya Yogya.