The Adventures of Na Willa
Stories for children, by Reda Gaudiamo
llustrated by Cecillia Hidayat and translated from the Indonesian by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul and Kate Wakeling
Na Willa is a bright, adventurous girl living in Surabaya’s suburbs, her home in the middle of an alley surrounded by cypress trees. She spends her days running after trains, going down to the market, and thinking about how people can sing through radios.
Indonesian author Reda Gaudiamo has created a collection of stories of curious adventures and musings of a multicultural girl growing up in Indonesia with an East Indonesian mother and a Chinese-Indonesian father. Set in a time when children spent the day outside, listening to Lilis Suryani’s songs on the radio, and when race and gender would still go undiscussed, this is Na Willa’s story as she grows up unafraid to ask the big questions.
Print ISBN 978-1-910139-59-2
Publication date: 12th March 2019
Page count: 128
Price: £8.99 (paperback) / £4.25 (ebook)
About the author
Reda Gaudiamo is a writer from Jakarta, Indonesia, known for her ‘Na Willa’ stories. She was born in 1962 and she wrote her first story when she was in the first grade, reading it to her parents after dinner time. Reda is also well known as a singer and musician through the AriReda duo, whose poetry-inspired ballads have captivated audiences across Southeast Asia and Europe.
About the translators
Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul is an Indonesian poet currently based in Japan. Her debut pamphlet, Ikhda by Ikhda, was published by the Emma Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse and The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood.
Kate Wakeling is a poet and musicologist. Her debut poetry collection for children, Moon Juice, won the CLiPPA in 2017 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. A pamphlet of her poetry for adults, The Rainbow Faults, is published by The Rialto. Kate studied music at Cambridge University and holds a PhD in Balinese gamelan music from SOAS. She is writer-in-residence with Aurora Orchestra.