#Afterword: The girl with seven names

Posted: 19 January 2016 Author: uwrf

Growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was, ‘the best on the planet’. As a 7-year-old she saw her first execution, and at 17 she escaped. Her …

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Azhari – Aceh’s Master of Suspense

Posted: 16 December 2015 Author: uwrf

By Sarita Newson Acehnese author Azhari has voiced the woes of his people for more than a decade. The oppressive military occupation of his homeland during the war between the …

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Day Four of UWRF#15: Final Chapter

Posted: 06 November 2015 Author: uwrf

The final day of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival wrapped up with the resounding question: ‘What’s Next?’ Four days of discussion built into an excited, energetic atmosphere where people …

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Day Three of UWRF#15: Naming the unameables

Posted: 06 November 2015 Author: uwrf

The absence of sessions about, as chair Janet Steele says, “the year that cannot be named and the event that cannot be named,” meant that it was a frequent topic …

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Day Two of #UWRF15: An International & Inspiring Must-Read List

Posted: 01 November 2015 Author: uwrf

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is all about dscussing how stories can enrich our lives and how they’re created. Friday’s back-to-back jam-packed day of sessions held many gems for …

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Day One of #UWRF15: The Poetry & Philosophy of Freedom

Posted: 30 October 2015 Author: uwrf

Day One of the 12th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival kicked off with a true sense of freedom. Jakarta Post editor Endy Bayuni explained that “without freedom of expression all …

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17,000 Islands, Infinite Sources of Inspiration

Posted: 27 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By Julia Winterflood At the opening ceremony of the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, where Indonesia was Guest of Honour, Indonesia’s Education Minister Anies Baswedan declared, “diversity is a source of …

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The Sights & Sounds of the 2015 UWRF Arts Program

Posted: 24 October 2015 Author: uwrf

As Bali’s cultural heartland, it’s no surprise Ubud comes into its own with an array of exciting music acts, performances, and art happenings. With famed Indonesian crooners, Dayak tribal leaders …

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Unleash your Creativity at the Free Children’s & Youth Program

Posted: 22 October 2015 Author: uwrf

Under 18? Want to be a writer? Or an illustrator? Or have you caught the book bug and can’t stop reading? If it’s a yes to any of those questions, …

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Pageturner: unmissable book launches

Posted: 20 October 2015 Author: uwrf

Book Launches are an annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival tradition, with leading literary figures such as Tony Wheeler, Diana Darling and Ahmad Fuadi all having launched their books at …

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The Kitchen: UWRF’s Culinary Theatre

Posted: 16 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By Julia Winterflood Why isn’t Indonesian cuisine better known internationally? was a query posed frequently throughout the inaugural Ubud Food Festival, UWRF’s sibling event. Numerous answers were proffered – the …

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Boost your Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Bali

Posted: 14 October 2015 Author: sikuska

Selamat pagi! Apa kabar? Mau belajar Bahasa Indonesia? Ya? Dan silahkan ikut ‘Bahasa Breakfast’ di Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015. Don’t understand the above? Then you should probably head …

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Don’t Fake It, Just Make It

Posted: 09 October 2015 Author: sikuska

By Julia Winterflood The publishing world is dizzyingly unpredictable. We lament plummeting print book sales and tremble at the rise of the e-reader, and then the UK’s largest book retailer …

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Going Deeper into 17,000 Islands of Imagination

Posted: 07 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By I Wayan Juniarta, Indonesian Program Manager The central theme of this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is 17,000 Islands of Imagination, which refers not only to the geographical …

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Xinran: the truth behind the One Child Generation

Posted: 02 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By Uma Anyar One of the rewards of being a long-term attendee at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the pleasure of reconnecting with a writer discovered at an earlier …

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Five highlights from the UWRF 2015 Film Program

Posted: 24 September 2015 Author: uwrf

By Julia Winterflood On the second night of the inaugural Ubud Food Festival – UWRF’s sibling event – hundreds huddled knee-to-knee at open-air venue Taman Baca for the free screening …

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Anchee Min: China’s Lost Daughter

Posted: 18 September 2015 Author: sikuska

By Renee Thorpe One of the most anticipated writers at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Anchee Min, born in China under the tyranny of Mao Tse-Tung, and …

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Sofie’s World

Posted: 11 September 2015 Author: uwrf

By Shelley Kenigsberg    Within moments of meeting Sofie Laguna and talking about story, books and writing, I was struck by her deep understanding of and enthusiasm for ‘the emotional heart’ …

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Steps Towards a Solution with Linda Christanty

Posted: 23 July 2015 Author: sikuska

This piece is by Sarita Newson and originally appeared in the UWRF column of the Bali Advertiser. Linda Christanty is an Indonesian author and journalist who is no stranger to awards, having …

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Nam Le on Love, Honour, Pity & Poker

Posted: 17 June 2015 Author: uwrf

This piece is by Uma Anyar and originally appeared in the UWRF column of the Bali Advertiser. “The thing is not to write what no one else could have written, but …

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