Early Bird Tickets on Sale now

Secure your spot at Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting event, our Early Bird tickets are on sale now! Scoop before August 18, and save 20% off a 4 DAY PASS – spanning October 29 – November 1 and over 85 intriguing in-conversations, panel discussions and more.

First Release Writers Revealed

After attracting over 26,000 literature-lovers in 2014, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) is set to descend on Bali’s cultural capital once again this October, in a global melting pot of big ideas and extraordinary stories.

And now, we’re elated to reveal our First Release of leading writers, thinkers and artists.

Heading the International line-up is Pakistani author of runaway hit How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Mohsin Hamid, bestselling Chinese-American memoirist Anchee Min, short-story author of The Boat Nam Le, The Rosie Project’s Graeme Simison, and creators of worldwide travel institution, Lonely Planet, Tony and Maureen Wheeler.

Spanning five days of intimate panel discussions, workshops, literary lunches, book launches, poetry slams, film screenings and more, the program will also feature debut novelist of The Fishermen Chigozie Obioma, 2015 Stella Prize-winner Emily Bitto, North Korea defector and TED Talk sensation Hyeonseo Lee, Palestinian scholar Mazin Qumsiyeh and winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award, Sofie Laguna.

Exploring the theme 17,000 Islands of Imagination, in 2015 UWRF will once again showcase the incredible diversity of Indonesian talent, including leading literary figure Putu Oka Sukanta, controversial award-winning filmmaker Nia Dinata, short-story writer and political journalist Seno Gumira Ajidarma, and winner of the 2013 Southeast Asian Writers Award Linda Christanty.

The Festival is also pleased to welcome social advocate Andreas Harsono, celebrated Indonesian novelist Eka Kurniawan, humanitarian and East Timor rights campaigner Galuh Wandita and Founder of the ASEAN Literary Festival, Okky Madasari.