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.


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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Emilie Zoey Baker

Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet and spoken word performer who has appeared at major writers festivals around the world. She is Creative Director of OutLoud, the first Victorian …

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Erich Langobelen

Hailing from East Nusa Tenggara, Erich Langobelen has published the poetry anthology Luna and Mausoleum. He also writes scripts and directs productions for Komunitas Sastra Teater Tanya Ritapiret, a theatre …

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Erick Est

Bataknese 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 and feature-length films. …

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Erri De Luca

Erri De Luca is a writer, novelist, storyteller, essayist, translator and poet whose first novel was published in 1989. He has published more than 60 books and numerous collections of …

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Evelyn Ghozalli

Evelyn Ghozalli entered the world of whimsical as a children’s book illustrator in 2005. Graduating in Visual Communication Design from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Evelyn has illustrated more than …

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Francesca Rendle-Short

Francesca Rendle-Short is an award-winning novelist, memoirist and essayist. Her books include Bite Your Tongue, The Near and The Far (co-edited with David Carlin), Press: 100 Love Letters (co-edited with …

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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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Gusti Nyoman Darta

Gusti Nyoman Darta is an expert in the traditional culinary culture of Ubud. He began dabbling in the culinary world in the beginning of the 1970s, and a year later …

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Han Yujoo

Han Yujoo’s debut novel, The Impossible Fairy Tale, was translated into French and English to great acclaim. Her debut short story, To the Moon, the title story of her first collection, won Literature and …

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Héctor Abad

Héctor Abad is one of Colombia’s leading writers. He grew up in Medellín, where he studied medicine, philosophy and journalism. After being expelled from university for writing a defamatory text …

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I Gde Pitana

I Gde Pitana is the Indonesian Tourism Ministry’s Deputy Minister for International Marketing and former Director of Bali Tourism Authority. Receiving his PhD at the Australian National University, he has …

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I Kadek Edi

I Kadek Edi is a coffee roaster, barista, educator and one of the first Balinese to achieve SCAA Licensed Q-Grader qualifications. Edi is a Co-founder of Karana Spesialis Kopi, a …

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I Nyoman Darma Putra

I Nyoman Darma Putra is Head of Udayana University’s Tourism Studies Masters Program. He graduated from Queensland University’s School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies in 2003. He co-published Tourism …

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I Putu Dodik Sumarjana

Part of the original Locavore team, Putu trained at Alila Ubud. As an Indonesian, Putu is proud to show what can be achieved with local ingredients and he regularly invents …

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I Putu Supartika

I Putu Supartika publishes works in Balinese and Indonesian. His short story collection, Yen Benjang Tiang Dados Presiden, and poetry collection, Lelakut, are both in Balinese. He was awarded the Hadiah Sastera …

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I Wayan Juniarta

Wayan Juniarta is a journalist who finds solace in crafting essays following his tragically failed attempt at writing poetry. His first and probably last book, Bungklang-Bungkling, records the hilarity and …

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Ian Burnet

Ian Burnet has spent 30 years living, working and traveling in Indonesia. His three titles, Spice Islands, East Indies and Archipelago – A Journey Across Indonesia, reflect his fascination with …

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Ian Neubauer

Freelance journalist and photojournalist Ian Lloyd Neubauer covers current affairs, investigations, travel, Bali, Papua New Guinea and motorbikes. His work has been published by TIME, CNN, BCC, The New York …

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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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