International writer for a virtual writers residency throughout November!
Imelda Naomi was born in Jakarta and has been fond of writing since childhood.
In 2018, her first book titled Komodo Dragon Wants to Go to the Party was published. In the same year, she was selected as one of the writers in Room to Read Indonesian Children Book project, an international organisation that provides good quality children books to be distributed in remote areas in the country. Since then, she has written six books collaborating with Room to Read and renowned publishers. Her picture books such as Don’t fall, Jepun Flower! (2019) and Barani in the Giant Lake (2020) depict strong Indonesian culture and nature, while Lili and The Magic Tree (2019) was nominated Best Book in Indonesia Islamic Book Awards for Children's Fiction. In 2022, her first non-fiction picture books were launched at the Indonesia International Book Fair; The Dream Weaver, a true story of a girl from Sumba Island and Luftan and The Monster, a true story of a young environmental activist.
Aside from writing, Naomi loves to teach writing to children in remote villages in Indonesia. She is also an Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Indonesia and actively participates in TaCita (Indonesian community of storytellers) as a copywriter and book reviewer.
The virtual writer's residency is taking place thanks to Melbourne City of Literature. We can't wait to share Naomi's projects with you throughout this month!
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