Program Category: Special Events

From intimate literary lunches to walking tours through Ubud’s iconic rice fields with acclaimed authors as your guide, the Festival’s Special Events take place at various restaurants and resorts across Ubud. Be immersed in some of Ubud’s most breathtaking venues while hearing from inspiring speakers in a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Special Event: Gala Opening & Writers Dinner at Casa Luna

25 Oct 2017 18:00

Experience the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival alongside our star-studded lineup of authors, artists, thinkers and performers as we usher in our 14th year. Join our exclusive Gala Opening at …

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Special Event: From Kaifeng to Krakatoa: Lunch with Fuchsia Dunlop and Simon Winchester

26 Oct 2017 12:00

Indulge your inner explorer with tales tall and true from narrative non-fiction legend Simon Winchester and culinary adventurer Fuchsia Dunlop at Plataran Ubud Resort & Spa. Over a sizzling Sichuan …

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Special Event: Latin Lit

26 Oct 2017 17:30

One was expelled from university for writing a defamatory text against the Pope; one has been compared to Juan José Saer; and one has written 17 novels. Three of the …

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Special Event: Literary Lunch with Jung Chang

27 Oct 2017 11:30

Join one of the world’s best-loved authors in one of Ubud’s most spectacular settings as we settle in for a literary lunch with Jung Chang at Maya Resort Ubud. This …

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Special Event: Voices from the Coffee Lands

27 Oct 2017 17:30

Aromatic coffee and awe-inspiring writing: a match made in heaven. Then stir in some traditional and contemporary art to complete the sensory stimulation. Savor Seniman Coffee Studio’s famous brews at …

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Special Event: Women of Letters

27 Oct 2017 19:00

In a world of Instagram Stories and Twitter foreign policy, has a handwritten letter ever been rarer? A literary fixture in Australia and New York, this unique evening and perennial …

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Special Event: Village Cycling Tour with Per Andersson

28 Oct 2017 09:00

Venture outside of Ubud and discover the surrounding villages and stunning mountain views with travel writer Per Andersson. You’ll discover local life on the back roads, then refuel over a …

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Special Event: Long Table Lunch at Nusantara by Locavore

28 Oct 2017 12:00

Nusantara is the Indonesian archipelago. From Sumatra to Sulawesi, take a culinary journey across 17,000 islands in the finest literary company. Indulge in exceptional Indonesian cuisine from the team behind …

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Special Event: Dinner, Wine and Crime

28 Oct 2017 18:30

Fancy a side of Scottish and suburban Australian underbelly while wining and dining? Crime fiction bestsellers Ian Rankin and Jock Serong make their way to one of Ubud’s most in-demand …

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Special Event: People of Letters

28 Oct 2017 19:00

“Who is left / That writes these days? / You and me / We’ll be different,” sang PJ Harvey in The Letter. A literary fixture in Australia and New York, …

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Special Event: Late Night Laughs

28 Oct 2017 22:00 /

It’s Saturday night and the penultimate night of the Festival – it’s time to let your hair down. We’ve plucked the funniest guests from the Festival lineup to get you …

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Special Event: Set Sail for the Spice Islands

29 Oct 2017 11:00

Set sail for the legendary Spice Islands over a three-course long table lunch at Casa Luna. Restaurateur and Festival Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe joins forces with culinary activist and …

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