Writers

From Indonesia to Iran, Canada to South Korea, the Philippines to Pakistan and dozens of countries in between, the full lineup of authors, artists, thinkers and performers converging for the 14th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival from 25–29 October is now live.


Bernice Chauly

Bernice Chauly is the author of six books of poetry and prose, which include the acclaimed Growing Up With Ghosts and Onkalo. She is Festival Director of the George Town …

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Bonita & The Hus Band

One of the hardest-working bands in Indonesia – performing in more than 25 cities and villages on their 2017 tour – Bonita & The Hus Band are Bonita on vocals, …

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Brigid Delaney

Brigid Delaney is a journalist with Guardian Australia and the author of three books, This Restless Life, Wild Things and Wellmania. She has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald, CNN, …

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Brigitte Schär

Brigitte Schär is a Swiss writer, singer and performer based in Zurich. Over the past 30 years she has written many books for children and adults which have been translated …

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Carmen Boullosa

One of Mexico’s leading novelists, poets, and playwrights, Carmen Boullosa has published 17 novels. Her second, Antes (Before), won the Xavier Villarutia Prize for Best Mexican Novel, while the translation …

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Christian Schwaerzler

Christian Schwaerzler overcame very poor health, obesity, depression and severe bullying. Taking his life back through sheer passion, hard work and self-belief, he shares his secrets in his book, Believe, …

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Cokorda Sawitri

Cokorda Sawitri is a writer and theatre activist from Karangasem, Bali. She has published articles, novels, poems and short stories. She founded Kelompok Tulus Ngayah in 1989 and Forum Perempuan …

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Cristian Rahadiansyah

Driven by a deep passion to explore the world, Jakarta-based journalist Cristian Rahadiansyah has worked for three different travel publications since 2008. He is the former Editor in Chief of …

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Cristy Burne

Children’s author and science writer Cristy Burne has worked as a science circus performer, garbage analyst, Santa’s pixie and atom-smashing reporter. Inspired by her years living in Japan, her Takeshita Demons trilogy is …

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Darryl Whetter

Darryl Whetter is the author of three books of fiction and two poetry collections. His novels are the bicycle odyssey The Push & the Pull and the multi-generational smuggling epic …

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David Carlin

David Carlin’s books include The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015), Our Father Who Wasn’t There (Scribe, 2010), and The Near and the Far (Scribe, 2016), a co-edited intercultural anthology. David is …

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David Hanan

David Hanan has researched film in Indonesia and Southeast Asia for three decades. His most recent book is Cultural Specificity in Indonesian Film: Diversity in Unity. He also edited Film …

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David Palazón

David Palazón is an award-winning documentary photographer, filmmaker, designer and artist from Barcelona. Driven by a curious nature for exploration, his work is a continuous enquiry into the human condition. …

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Debra Yatim

Debra Yatim is an activist, journalist, columnist, film and documentary maker and founder of three NGOs in Indonesia. She has published four poetry collections and is currently working on a …

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Dene Mullen

Dene Mullen is Editor in Chief of Southeast Asia Globe magazine, a regional current affairs, business and lifestyle title with distribution in eight Southeast Asian countries. Originally from London, Dene …

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Diana Greentree

After a lengthy career performing in theatre, film and TV, Diana’s work with Actors for Refugees inspired her to write The Camros Bird, launched at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival …

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Diana Von Cranach

UK-born, Cordon Bleu-trained Diana Von Cranach has called Bali home for more than 20 years. At her resort Puri Ganesha Homes by the Sea in Pemuteran, North Bali, she developed …

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Dicky Senda

From Mollo in the highlands of Timor, Dicky Senda is a novelist and food activist who has published a short story collection and a poetry collection. He founded the social …

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Djenar Maesa Ayu

Djenar Maesa Ayu is renowned as one of Indonesia’s most controversial writers as her works cover many topics considered taboo in Indonesia. She is also an actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. …

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Drew Ambrose

Drew Ambrose presents and produces documentaries across the Asia Pacific for Al Jazeera English. As a foreign correspondent he has reported from more than 30 countries. His work has won …

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