Writers

Our sneak peek of authors, artists, thinkers and performers who will be joining the 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival from 25-29 October is now live.

Save 20% on your 4-Day Main program pass – with access to 72 events from 26-29 October – and purchase your Early Bird ticket before the full lineup and program release on 16 August.


Ahmad Fuadi

Ahmad Fuadi’s formative years at an Islamic boarding school inspired his award-winning first novel, Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers), which was adapted into a feature film. He …

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Eko Supriyanto

Founder and Artistic Director of EkosDance Company and Solo Dance Studio, Eko Supriyanto is the leading Indonesian dancer-choreographer of his generation. With credits ranging from consulting for Broadway’s The Lion …

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Erick Est

From Sumatra’s Riau province, Erick Est relocated to Bali in the late 1990s to study fine art before pursuing filmmaking. He has directed almost 300 music videos and 20 short …

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Fuchsia Dunlop

Fuchsia Dunlop is an award-winning cook and food writer specializing in Chinese cuisine. She was the first Westerner to train as a chef at the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine, …

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Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is the bestselling author of the Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox novels, as well as a string of standalone thrillers. His books have been translated into 36 …

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Kate Holden

Kate Holden is the author of the bestselling In My Skin: A Memoir, and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, published by Text. For six years she was a columnist …

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Leila S. Chudori

Renowned as one of Indonesia’s most respected senior journalists, Leila Salikha Chudori had her first short stories published when she was 12. Her first novel Pulang, a saga spanning two …

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Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes and the novels Certainty, Dogs at the Perimeter, which won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 LiBeraturpreis, and Do Not …

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Marina Mahathir

Former UN Person of the Year, Marina Mahathir is a Malaysian writer and activist whose passion for women’s rights has been a constant thread throughout her working life. Writing columns …

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Nusrat Durrani

Nusrat Durrani used the power of an iconic brand, MTV, to provide a platform for unheard voices and to create inspiring, authentic narratives of international youth. In a cutting-edge range …

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Oka Rusmini

Oka Rusmini is one of the most influential Balinese authors of her generation. Born into a high caste Brahmin family, she grew into a poet and novelist with a critical …

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Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Indonesia’s premier contemporary puppet theatre group, Papermoon’s mixed-media productions imaginatively explore identity, history and society. Founded in Yogyakarta in 2006, their intricate, evocative works tell personal stories that transcend cultural …

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Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix is an Australian writer and translator whose best-known books are the autobiography A Mother’s Disgrace, the novel Night Letters, the travel memoirs Twilight of Love and Arabesques, and …

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Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley was born in an Indian town called Khandwa. In 1986, aged only five, he lost all contact with his family when he was at a train station waiting …

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Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Seno Gumira Ajidarma’s works reflect the undying rebel in his heart, tackling political oppression and state-sponsored violence, a dangerous taboo during the New Order regime. His works include Saksi Mata, …

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Tim Flannery

One of Australia’s leading writers on climate change, Tim Flannery has published over 30 books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and the novel …

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