Looking for Borneo
Bill Dalton, acclaimed writer and travel guru, describes Looking for Borneo as "a celebration of the island of Borneo, its environment and its people. At the same time, it is a call to action, a plea to save this special place from the ravages of development. A collection of writings, drawings, photographs and music, inspired by Kalimantan and Mark Heyward’s acclaimed book, Crazy Little Heaven, an Indonesian Journey, this new volume is a unique artistic collaboration and a fine contribution to the body of Indonesian travel literature.
Khan Wilson’s quirky and memorable artworks complement the narrative in the same way that a fiery sambal complements a dish of fried rice, adding a splash of colour, a little spice and a sense of fun.
Like a canoe on the river, David Metcalf’s lucid images capture the colour and vibrancy of Dayak cultures, the quiet magic of the forest and a fascination for the creatures that dwell there.
As if that were not enough, Heyward’s original songs, ballads of life and love in Indonesia, are brought to life by Kalimantan-born Qisie, and a group of talented Indonesian musicians from Lombok and Bandung. The style, best described as ‘kampong folk-rock’, reveals another Indonesia - and more of Heyward’s very personal vision of this unique part of the world."
$55 + P&H (RRP 585.000rp)
168 full colour pages, hardcover
Limited edition includes a bonus CD by Mark, Qisie and friends (valued at $16.95). Available on-line or Periplus, selected Books and Beyond stores, Ganesha (Bali) and Bungalow Living.
Scroll down for images and photographs from Looking for Borneo, printed in beautiful colour on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper.
When Mark first went to Indonesia, to teach at a small school in East Kalimantan, little did he realise how life changing his decision would prove to be. Within three years his Australian life would be behind him and he would be travelling, with fellow adventurers, across remote Indonesian Borneo.
The story of that remarkable expedition − a true travel adventure – coalesces with the author’s longer journey into the complex heart of Indonesia. It is a journey that spans two decades, that takes the reader from a treasured childhood in Tasmania to a new life in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Along the way the author travels from one end of the archipelago to the other, from the jungles of Kalimantan to the riots and political turmoil of Jakarta.
When he meets and falls in love with Sopan, he must make another life changing decision.
Evocative and beautiful, yet often questioning and always revealing, Crazy Little Heaven is both a love story and an unforgettable journey into Indonesian culture and geography − a hymn to this ‘sweet disappearing world’. The excerpts in this volume are included with the publisher’s consent. They focus on Mark’s experiences in the island Borneo.
For readers interested in the original and far more wide-reaching book, Crazy Little Heaven is available in paperback from good bookstores in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, direct from the publisher, Transit Lounge, or online as an eBook.
About the Authors
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, David Metcalf is an outstanding travel photographer and writer. Although he travels extensively, David is based in Bali where he lives with his wife and co-author, Stephanie Brookes.
After twenty years working for multi-national companies in senior management, David ‘dropped out’ to pursue his passions for photography, remote places, and indigenous people. He currently runs photography tours and workshops in Bali and Indonesia. He is involved in numerous eco-tourism, awareness-raising, cultural and education projects in Central and East Kalimantan with the Dayak people of that area.
David has held many successful photography exhibitions in Jakarta. His photographs and writing have been published in various magazines including Colours Garuda Indonesia Inflight Magazine, Travel 3Sixty Air Asia Inflight Magazine, Bali & Beyond, Indonesia Expat, Now Jakarta, Silkwinds, Expat Living, Hello Bali, The Peak, The Jakarta Post, The Jakarta Globe, Island Life, Travel Addict and Luxury Hotels and Corporate Travel. He has produced a range of calendars - colour and black and white - with proceeds going to charity.
David is a regular contributor to Now Jakarta Magazine with a monthly travel column and writes for each fortnightly edition of Indonesian Expat. His recently published book Indonesia’s Hidden Heritage – Cultural Journeys, was co-written with Stephanie Brookes.
“One of the most powerful emotions that people feel when visiting these unique cultures,” says David, “is the desire to want to help contribute in a positive way to local community improvement projects. Through our close contact and relationships built with the village elders, sustainable solutions and education initiatives are explored.”
Khan is an expatriate Australian artist and teacher, based in Ubud, where he lives with his wife and family.
Khan is also a talented early childhood teacher and has taught in schools in Tasmania and Indonesia. Mark and Khan have collaborated in the past. Khan’s funky, illustrative artwork has been exhibited in Australia, Lombok and Bali. His creations allow the viewer to wander through imaginary worlds exploring a visual narrative.
This collection of his work was specially prepared for Looking for Borneo in response to Mark’s book Crazy Little Heaven.
As fellow artist, Leigh Renneberg from the Australian National Portrait and Art Gallery, says: “Khan Wilson’s whimsical illustrations highlight the magical adventure which is Borneo and bring to life Mark Heyward’s memories in narrative detail. Bold use of colour marries well with Khan’s confident and definitive line, underpinning his imaginative and spontaneous style. The use of symbolism in these works flows through all forty pieces, visually massaging and teasing out the core values expressed throughout Crazy Little Heaven.
“Life is short, grab it with both hands and enjoy the ride! One cannot explore these works without smiling and pondering one’s own rite of passage both past and potentially in this unique paradise called Indonesia.”
Born in Tasmania, Australia, in 1957, Mark Heyward has spent the last twenty years living, travelling and working in Indonesia. He now lives between Lombok and Jakarta with his wife and two children.
Mark holds a PhD in intercultural literacy and a Masters Degree in education administration. He currently works as an international education consultant. In his spare time he writes, makes music, and takes long walks in the hills.
Mark collaborated with friends to establish the bilingual school, Sekolah Nusa Alam. Lombok’s only international-standard school, Nusa Alam caters to children from age three to eighteen. Also in Lombok, Mark and his wife, Sopan, worked with others in the community to create the Hill, an environmentally-friendly housing development, and the Studio, a beautiful Javanese-inspired eco resort and home complex in the hills near Senggigi. Guests can enjoy the joglo and limasan architectural forms and the one-hectare naturally-landscaped gardens.
Mark’s book, Crazy Little Heaven: an Indonesian Journey, is an account of his travels, with fellow adventurers, across remote Indonesian Borneo. The story of that remarkable expedition — a true travel adventure — coalesces with the author’s longer journey into the complex heart of Indonesia.
As Mark wrote in the song, Crazy Little Heaven:
Sometimes when it’s late at night,
when the streets are dark and the moon is bright,
I think about this crazy time,
we’re running free and we’re running blind.
We are all gods in this crazy little heaven ...
About the Charities
100% of profits from the sale of the book will go to three charities in Indonesia, making a positive difference in the lives of others. Periplus Books has so far donated 8.000.000rp ($AU800) to Pelangi School.
Ransel Buku - Give a Child a Chance
This grassroots program is based in Central Kalimantan and currently involves two Dayak villages and 120 children (6–12 yr olds).The program provides environmental and cultural education to children in two poor villages. The fund covers teacher salaries (two at present), books and teaching materials and reaches the more remote villages.
Darung Tingang - Dayak Dance Academy
Based in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, this dance academy promotes traditional Dayak dancing. Local dancer and teacher, Ibu Siti Habibah, runs the academy. Siti provides traditional dance and music instruction to young Dayak children. Plans are to expand this program to the more remote villages as a way for the children to express their culture and keep the Dayak dance tradition alive.As the fund grows, it will provide a means for Dayak dancers to travel overseas and introduce their dance and cultural beliefs to an international audience.
Pelangi School - Where children love to learn
Pelangi School is a not-for-profit holistic school located in Desa Kumbuh, Ubud, Bali. The natural campus, nestled in lush green rice fields and surrounded by forest, inspires children to learn through nature and develops an awareness of their environment.We believe that all children deserve the right to experience a holistic education that acknowledges individuality, allows for creativity and encourages a love of learning.
The Pelangi Scholarship Program works with the community by offering scholarships to local Indonesian families who support the school philosophy and are in financial need.