We have farewelled Ubud Writers & Readers Festival October 1-5, 2014.
With over 150 writers from more than 25 countries it was truly a celebration of global issues, big ideas and extraordinary stories. This year’s theme, Saraswati: Wisdom & Knowledge is an exploration of the wisdom to be gained by creative expression.
A number of the Festival’s writers were no strangers to prizes – such as Hassan Blasim (Independent Foreign Fiction Prize); Eimear McBride (Baileys Women’s Prize) and Cyrus Mistry (2014 DSC Prize) – to name a recent few.
Queen of Crime and creator of much-loved series Wire in the Blood, Val McDermid jetted over from Scotland, while master novelist Amitav Ghosh joined us along with Pulitzer Prize-finalist Deborah Baker (they also led an exclusive post-Festival Komodo Islands cruise).
From Indonesia the Festival invited publishing pioneer Goenawan Mohamad, intellectual Azyumardi Azra, art patron Agung Rai and Festival favourites Debra Yatim, Ahmad Fuadi and Ketut Yuliarsa. ‘Truman Capote with a machete’ Made Wijaya joins the line-up, as does How to act Indonesian YouTube hit sensation Sacha Stevenson, plus many more.
Ardent human rights activists and social commentators are plenty, from one-time UN Representative in Sudan Mukesh Kapila, to frontline journalist Pallavi Aiyar, author of TheWisdom of Whores and Indonesia etc. Elizabeth Pisani, and Polish editor and journalist Adam Michnik. On the environmental front we had Keibo Oiwa, Nadya Hutagalung,Willie Smits and more.
With literary lunches, workshops, in-depth conversations,children’s and youth events, twilight performances, film screenings, poetry slams, cultural masterclasses, art exhibitions, book launches and more, we hope you enjoyed this world class event set in Bali’s cultural heartland.
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Emerging Indonesian writers will have the chance to share their voices on the world’s stage through the launch of a new anthology and website at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. In partnership with Hivos International, the Festival will today (4 October) launch two bilingual anthologies, Saraswati: Wisdom & Knowledge and Out of Ubud. Published by […]