Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has announced the first round of 16 storytellers who will join this year’s five-day program of compelling conversations, intimate special events, and powerful performances from 23–27 October in the spectacular surrounds of Bali’s cultural heart. Early Bird tickets are now on sale until 2 August, before the full program is announced on 13 August.
In 2019 UWRF celebrates its 16th year as one of the world’s leading literary events, with The Telegraph UK naming it one of the five best literary festivals for 2019. It will bring together more than 170 authors, artists, and activists from over 30 countries, to share extraordinary stories and bold ideas through the lens of this year’s theme, Karma. Below are the first 16 speakers.