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.


Ibe S. Palogai

From South Sulawesi, Ibe S. Palogai is in his final year of Indonesian Literature at Hasanuddin University. Solilokui is his first poetry collection. His poems have also been included in …

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Intan Paramaditha

Intan Paramaditha’s fiction explores the relations between gender and sexuality, culture and politics. Her short story collection, Sihir Perempuan, was shortlisted for the 2005 Khatulistiwa Literary Award, and in 2013 …

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Jamie James

American novelist and critic Jamie James has been based in Indonesia since 1999. He is the author of seven books, including the novel Andrew & Joey, Rimbaud in Java, and …

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Jan Mantjika

Jan Mantjika was working for a newspaper when she married a Balinese student studying in her hometown. In 1964 they moved to Bali with their first child. After surviving the …

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Jan Russell

Jan Russell is an Irish-born editor and writer. She is the Co-founder and former Editor of Kabar Indonesia magazine, a publication celebrating the people and places of the archipelago. She …

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Jane Harper

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for 13 years in Australia and the UK. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, translation rights to …

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Janet DeNeefe

Melbourne-born Janet DeNeefe, Founder & Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Ubud Food Festival, has lived in Bali for nearly three decades. Her latest book is Bali: …

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Janet Steele

Janet Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs, and Director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at the George Washington University. Her …

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JC Burke

JC Burke was an oncology nurse before she started writing. She has written 11 novels, including The Story of Tom Brennan, named the Children’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers …

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Jengki Sunarta

Jengki Sunarta studied literature and painting. In the early 1990s he started writing poems and then moved onto prose, short stories, essays, novels and art criticism. His works have been …

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Jessica Ginting

Jessica Ginting is a writer, YouTuber and spoken word poet from Jakarta, who is currently studying at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her poetry has been featured in …

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Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz

Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz wrote the Philippines’ first sole-author collection of lesbian-themed stories, Women Loving, available as the ebook Women on Fire. Her latest work has been included in Griffith …

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Joanna Savill

Joanna Savill is a lifetime food traveler, author of more than 20 guides to eating out (including the benchmark Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide), former TV presenter and food …

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Jock Serong

Jock Serong’s Quota won the 2015 Crime Writing Association of Australia Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, while his bestselling The Rules of Backyard Cricket was shortlisted for the …

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John Holliday

Born in England, John Holliday has spent most of his life in Canada and Australia. A visit to Jakarta in 2008 sparked his interest in writing the biography of his …

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John McGlynn

John H. McGlynn, publisher and translator of Indonesian literature, has translated several dozen publications under his own name and, through the Lontar Foundation, which he co-founded in 1987, has ushered …

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Joko Pinurbo

Blending narrative, irony and self-reflexivity, Joko Pinurbo is one of Indonesia’s most prolific poets. He has published 11 poetry collections and won numerous awards, including the Lontar Literary Award in 2001, …

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Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson is a Perth-based writer and teacher whose first novel Cusp was published in 2005. Her second novel Extinctions won the 2017 Miles Franklin Award, the Dorothy Hewett Award …

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Juana Adcock

Juana Adcock is a poet and translator whose debut Manca explores the anatomy of her native country’s violence. Her translations have appeared in Asymptote and Words Without Borders, and she’s …

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Jung Chang

Jung Chang is the bestselling author of family autobiography Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday). Her most recent book is Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who …

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