Na Willa and The House in the Alley is a children’s chapter book by Reda Gaudiamo, translated from Indonesia by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul and Kate Wakeling and illustrated by Cecillia Hidayat.
Praise for The Adventures of Na Willa
‘This is a book to welcome thanks to the lively translation by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul and Kate Wakeling, who bring us the Indonesian background in contemporary accessible prose..’ – International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
‘Confidently playful and made me laugh out loud more times than I can count.’ – Anam Zafar, Hopscotch
Reda Gaudiamo is a writer from Jakarta, Indonesia, known for her ‘Na Willa’ stories. She is also known across Southeast Asia and Europe as a singer and musician through the AriReda duo.
Cecillia Hidayat is an INFJ who speaks her mind best through her drawings. She spent four years working in advertising agencies before deciding that she’s too old at heart for all the big city hustle and bustle. She was born in Jakarta and now lives in Ubud with her husband. She spends most of her days drawing, walking between ricefields while petting the stray dogs she meets along the way, and watching the ‘Cooking With Dog’ YouTube channel religiously.
Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul is an Indonesian poet from Surabaya, currently based in Kyoto, Japan. Her debut pamphlet, “Ikhda by Ikhda”, was published by the Emma Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in “Mildly Erotic Verse” and “The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood”. She is co-translator of several books from Indonesian into English, including “The Adventures of Na Willa” by Reda Gaudiamo.
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. Her second children’s poetry collection, Cloud Soup, was shortlisted for the CLiPPA in 2022. 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.