2017 Writers


In 2016, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival welcomed more than 170 authors, artists, thinkers and performers from 23 countries around the world.

Amongst the Festival’s varied and eclectic line-up were Booker Prize shortlistee Hanya Yanagihara (USA), reigning World Poetry Slam Champion Emi Mahmoud (Sudan/USA), comedy-star-turned-bestselling-memoirist Magda Szubanski (Australia), pageant queen and human rights activist Anastasia Lin (China/Canada), spoken word sensation Neu! Reekie! (Scotland), and a stellar list of award-winning writers including Lionel Shriver (USA), Helon Habila (Nigeria), Amit Chaudhuri (India), Çiler İlhan (Turkey), plus many more.

“My UWRF experience was culturally diverse, sharing the stage with passionate storytellers from around the world on a program that allowed me to grow and reflect through listening and learning from others” – Anita Heiss.

“Magic incarnate” – Tanya Evanson.

“A great celebration of literature, culture, and conversation” – Arnold Zable.

Our full 2017 line-up will be released in August, with Early Bird authors announced in July. Be sure to stay tuned to our e-news and social media to be the first to know.