Program Category: Main Program Day 4


Main Program: Ben Sohib: Laughter is the Best Medicine

29 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Could humor be one of the much-needed antidotes for a country often grappling with religious, political and ethnic divides? Ben Sohib, an Indonesian of multi-ethnic descent who champions religious tolerance, …

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Main Program: Jung Chang: Writing Modern China

29 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Jung Chang’s seminal Wild Swans is considered to be the most widely read book on China, ever. A scholar and historian, she has returned to her place of birth as …

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Main Program: Short and Sweet

29 Oct 2017 09:00 /

Short stories and flash fiction offer satisfying storytelling in petite packages. Are these the perfect formats for attention spans attenuated by modern life? Do different cultures have their own short …

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Main Program: The Founders

29 Oct 2017 10:15 /

What does it really take to start something from scratch? What’s the best recipe for turning a dream into reality? Four remarkable founders working in literature, literacy and fashion compare …

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Main Program: A Matter of Taste

29 Oct 2017 10:15 /

What do we really write about when we write about food? From a window into other cultures and time-worn traditions, to tantalizing travel itineraries and make-or-break restaurant reviews, food writing …

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Main Program: Beyond the Front Page

29 Oct 2017 10:15 /

Filter through the deafening noise of the 24-hour news cycle and go beyond today’s headlines with some of the Festival’s finest journos. Grab a coffee and catch up-to-the-minute insights on …

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Main Program: Kate Cole-Adams: Anaesthesia

29 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Anaesthesia is a modern miracle. But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Is pain still pain if we are not awake …

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Main Program: Pierre Coffin: Movies and Minions

29 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Did that Minion just say terima kasih? French-Indonesian animated film director and voice actor Pierre Coffin is the man behind the little yellow characters from the Despicable Me franchise, emblazoned …

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Main Program: To Preserve and Promote

29 Oct 2017 11:45 /

Too often the restrictive realm of elders, in recent years there’s been growing interest among Balinese youth on the state of their cultural heritage. Meet three champions of the movement …

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Main Program: Breaking Boundaries

29 Oct 2017 13:00 /

It’s often remarked that Balinese women are among the hardest working in the world. A patriarchal society and a seemingly endless cycle of temple rituals and communal obligations have imposed …

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Main Program: Young at Heart

29 Oct 2017 13:00 /

For many of us, a childhood spent buried in books was the foundation for a life of reading. What is it about the books we loved when we were young …

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Main Program: Crime Fiction Club

29 Oct 2017 13:00 /

Writers are readers first, and crime is one of the most well-thumbed genres on bookshelves the world over. We invite Ian Rankin, Jane Harper and Jock Serong to share the …

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Main Program: Lost for Words

29 Oct 2017 14:30 /

The ‘Englishification’ of global languages seems almost unstoppable. What makes some writers favor another language over their native one, and what makes others determined to maintain their mother tongue? Unravel …

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Main Program: Sophal Ear: Escaping the Khmer Rouge

29 Oct 2017 14:30 /

Sophal Ear escaped the Khmer Rouge due to his mother’s unflinching determination and moved to the US at the age of ten. He has overcome both genocide and poverty to …

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Main Program: My Island (Second) Home

29 Oct 2017 14:30 /

For many in the audience it’s a pleasurable daydream: building a life on one of Indonesia’s islands. Our panelists’ origins are diverse but all have found an island home here. …

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Main Program: Social Studies

29 Oct 2017 15:45 /

The Financial Times recently declared novels as ‘the new textbooks of history’. Can the novel be an agent of social change? From interpersonal interactions to societal shifts, the power of …

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Main Program: Funny Bones

29 Oct 2017 15:45 /

Seriously, being funny is no laughing matter. This wry and witty troupe of writers and comedians have no qualms about shooting satirical comments at serious and often dangerous subjects. From …

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Main Program: 30 Years of Lontar

29 Oct 2017 16:00 /

Founded in 1987, the Lontar Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary at UWRF17. Lontar has published work by more than 800 Indonesian authors and almost single-handedly created a canon of Indonesian …

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