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Between the Covers // Found in Translation

Works in translation are hotter than ever, with readers hungry to discover new voices. Get the lowdown on how a book makes its way into other languages, the effect it …

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The Writing Life // Fact or Fiction

Sometimes history can be more astounding than fiction. These writers discuss the struggle to sift fact from myth, and balance the tension between story and truth, without losing the plot! …

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Between the Covers // The Secret Life of Festivals

What brought you here today? Are you a seasoned festival fiend or an intrepid first-timer? A group of festival-makers from around the world, including the UWRF’s Founder and Director Janet …

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The Writing Life // The Child Inside

“It’s no problem for me to write for children. We have a lot in common.” – EB White. From a writer’s most adoring audience to their toughest critics, four festival …

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Between the Covers // The Spell of Poetry

Poetry makes language strange, and – in doing so – remakes the world so we may encounter it anew. Hear these poets on the art of language, and explore why …

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The Writing Life // How We Write

What does the writing life look like today? From bedroom to boardroom, co-working to collaborative space, day job to portfolio career, these writers explore what works, what doesn’t, and what’s …

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The Writing Life // It Chooses You

“Talent is only 10%. The rest is obsession,” says poet Selima Hill. For these writers, obsession – be it historical, cultural, or physical – has played a defining role. What …

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Between the Covers // Cooking the Books

High-gloss, seductively-styled, and jam-packed with drool-inducing recipes you’re possibly never going to attempt: cookbooks are more covetable than ever. Author Valli Little and designer Evi O. join forces to take …

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Ideas in Focus // Beyond Exile

Exile, statelessness, displacement… these experiences have created stories of immense loss, but also of great resilience and insight into human grace and dignity. Join writers from Turkey, Tibet and China …

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Ideas in Focus // The Tipping Point

It makes up 60% of the human body and covers nearly 70% of the earth’s surface. With rising sea levels, increasing temperatures and changing weather patterns, water shapes our world …

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Ideas in Focus // Thinking Without Borders

Shorelines, state lines, party lines and cultural chasms – the forces that divide us can sometimes feel stronger than those that unite us. In a time of mass migration and …

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Ideas in Focus // Forgiveness is a Practice

It’s easy to say, but harder to do. In 2015, Mpho Tutu told us: “forgiveness is a practice”. Join three authors for an intimate and personal exploration of the legacy …

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Ideas in Focus // Home

What does home mean? Is it a place? Is it where the heart is? How does home change when we choose to leave a place, versus being forced to leave? …

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Ideas in Focus // Evolving English

English has always been an adaptive lingua franca. As our communications grow ever more global, the English language continues its dynamic evolution. Writers from Indonesia, Singapore, and the USA, take …

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Ideas in Focus // The Ground Beneath our Feet

Home is common ground. We’re born to it, walk upon it, and to be displaced can equal homelessness or statelessness. Join a powerful discussion of body, geography, and connection, with …

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Ideas in Focus // I, Migrant

Migration can transform lives and define nations in both anticipated and unexpected ways. How has a migrant identity shaped these writers’ lives both on and off the page? How has …

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Ideas in Focus // Inside the Echo Chamber

In a digital age of immediate and intimate connectivity, is our world view really expanding? Is our capacity for empathy and understanding on the rise? Or are we simply stuck …

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Ideas in Focus // Making America Great Again?

A rapid-fire war of words, ideas and party lines: the US election sends voters to the polls a week after the Festival ends. Our writers debate the controversies, calamities, and …

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Ideas in Focus // The View from Here

Will we remember 2016 as the year everything changed? What effect will global events such as Brexit, the US election, and increased acts of terrorism have on Southeast Asia? Is …

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Ideas in Focus // The Self and I

Is there any bigger question than the question of self? What shapes our identity? Writers from Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan and Turkey debate how ‘self’ comes into being – from nature …

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