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Lily Yulianti Farid is the founder/director of Makassar International Writers Festival and a short story writer. She published four short story collections: Makkunrai (2008), Maisaura (2008), Family Room (2011) and Ayahku Bulan, Engkau Matahari (2012). She translated Anita Roddick's Business as Unusual into Indonesian which was published under the same title in 2013 and Linking People: Connections and Encounters Between Australians and Indonesians (2017). She holds MA (2003) and PhD (2015) in Gender Studies from the University of Melbourne, Australia and the winner of Alumni of The Year Award of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne in 2016 in community leader category. She is the co-founder of  Rumata' Artspace and works as a volunteer for the cultural organisation since 2010. Lily received the National Cultural Award 2018 from the Government of Indonesia.