The 2017 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival marked the 350-year anniversary of the Treaty of Breda through a number of programmed events.

The Banda Islands anthology was also launched at the 2017 festival, where we were joined by contributors Michael Vatikiotis, Ian Burnet, and Muhammad Fadli.

Michael Vatikiotis is a writer, journalist and private diplomat, formerly the editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and currently the Asia Regional Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based private foundation that facilitates dialogue to resolve armed conflicts.

Through his fiction he has also explored the theme of conflict, and his 2004 novel, The Spice Garden, was based on accounts of inter-religious violence in the late ‘90s in Maluku, on an island he called Noli that bears some striking similarities to Banda Neira.

Ian Burnet is an author and historian who first came to Indonesia in 1968 as a young geologist and became fascinated by the diverse cultures and rich history of the archipelago. He has spent thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia and is the author of the books Spice Islands (2011), East Indies (2013), Archipelago—A Journey Across Indonesia (2015) and his latest book, Where Australia Collides with Asia (2017).

Muhammad Fadli is a documentary and portrait photographer, born in Sumatra and based in Jakarta. His photographs have been published in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, FT Weekend Magazine, Courrier International, DestinAsian, Marie Claire, Monocle, Afar, Mare, and many more. He is also a co-founding member of Arka Project, an independent collective of Indonesian photographers.

Other contributors to the anthology include Amitav Ghosh, Giles Milton, Goenawan Mohamad, Des Alwi, John Seabrook, Elizabeth Pisani, Willard A. Hanna, Peter V. Lape, Lukman A. Ang, David E. Parry, Hanna Rambé, Utuy Tatang Sontani, H. W. Ponder, Beatrice Glow, Hanafi & Jean Couteau, Ron Jenkins, Made Wianta, Joëlla Van Donkersgoed, Alfred Russel Wallace, Tim Severin, Anna Forbes, Phillip Winn, Rudolf Mrazek, S. J. Perelman, Lawrence Blair, Mareike Huhn, James Oseland, Janet DeNeefe, Jay Subyakto, and Ken Taylor.

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The book is priced at Rp. 395,000.

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The Banda Islands is also currently available in Indonesia at Periplus nationwide, at Aksara and Bartele Gallery in Jakarta, and at Ganesha in Bali.