Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie is an Indonesian fiction writer who first came to national attention when she won Jakarta Arts Council Novel Writing Competition with Di Tanah Lada (In Pepper Land, 2015), which was later longlisted for Khatulistiwa Literary Award. She won the same competition in 2016 with Semua Ikan di Langit (All the Fish in the Sky, 2017), for which she was awarded Badan Bahasa Literary Award by Indonesian Ministry of Educations and Cultures. Ziggy mainly writes about children and social criticism, both in forms of literary and popular fiction. Among her numerous popular fiction works, Jakarta Sebelum Pagi (Jakarta Dawning, 2016), her Young Adult novel, received Editor’s Choice Award from Rolling Stones Indonesia.
In 2018, she joined Ruang Perempuan dan Tulisan (Women & Writing), a project that aimed to rediscover forgotten Indonesian female writers. Heavily influenced by this research, her latest manuscript was described as a “feminist narration on unspoken Indonesian history” and received an honourable mention from Jakarta Arts Council.
Ziggy has been supported by the National Organising Committee of Indonesia and the British Council to come into residence at Metal during March 2019 as part of our wider Essex Writers House programme. Whilst here, she will be exploring links between the literary worlds of the UK and Indonesia at the London Book Fair and at Essex Writers House, taking part in public events and using the opportunity to support her practice through research.
If you would like to meet Ziggy and hear her read from published work, she will be in conversation with UK writer, Syd Moore and fellow Indonesian writer, Intan Paramathida on Friday 15 March at Metal. Full details here.