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.


Kadek Sonia Piscayanti

Balinese writer Kadek Sonia Piscayanti has published a number of books including The Art of Literature and Perempuan Tanpa Nama. She is a theatre director and manages the cultural group …

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Kan Lumé

Kan Lumé’ is an award-winning film director. Among his accolades, his debut The Art of Flirting won Best ASEAN Feature at the Malaysian Video Awards 2005, Liberta won the NETPAC …

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Kate Cole-Adams

Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Her new book, Anaesthesia: the Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, is a philosophical and personal exploration of what happens …

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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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Ketut Yuliarsa

Ketut Yuliarsa has worked as a writer, actor and musician in Indonesia and Australia. He’s published two poetry collections and is currently advisor to the Bali Provincial Government Literary Program. …

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Kirsti Melville

Kirsti Melville is an award-winning documentary producer and the presenter of Earshot on ABC Radio National. Her work focuses on human rights and social justice. When she’s not busy telling …

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Kun Adnyana

Dr Wayan Kun Adnyana has been teaching at the Indonesian Institute of Arts Denpasar (ISI)’s Faculty of Fine Art and Design since 2003. He has contributed articles on a variety …

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Kuncir Sathya Viku

Kuncir is a renowned Balinese graphic and mural artist, illustrator and painter. To create his artwork he dives into his origins, transforming the characters of the Rerajahan (a sacred Balinese …

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Lachlan Philpott

Lachlan Philpott is an award-winning writer, dramaturg and teacher who has worked extensively in theatre companies, schools and tertiary institutions around the world. He was named the inaugural Australian Professional …

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Leanne Ellul

Leanne Ellul writes poetry, prose and plays. She won Malta’s Novels for Youth Prize in 2014 for Gramma. In 2016 Ellul was featured in the Commonwealth Youth Council’s Young Achievers …

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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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Leza Lowitz

Leza Lowitz is an award-winning American writer and poet living in Japan. She has written, edited and co-translated over 20 books, including the young adult verse novel Up from the …

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Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang is a rocket factory worker turned writer, social commentator and public speaker. Her articles have appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times. She is the author …

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Lulu Lutfi Labibi

Lulu Lutfi Labibi is a young designer from Yogyakarta who studied Textile Art at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts. He began designing ready-to-wear collections using traditional textiles in 2012. …

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Made Candra

Made Candra (aka Made Muwut) is a country and blues singer-songwriter from Denpasar, and chef at Taman Baca Kesiman. He also runs a traditional Balinese rice porridge eatery called Bubuh …

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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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Marc Nair

Poet and photographer Marc Nair was the recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC) 2016 Young Artist Award. He has published seven volumes of poetry and performed spoken word …

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Marieke Hardy

Marieke Hardy is a writer, curator, producer, and immersive theatre practitioner. She is co-curator of “worldwide literary phenomenon” Women of Letters and has been a regular panelist on ABC’s The …

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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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Marlowe Bandem

Marlowe Bandem is a DJ, cyclist, manager of two micro-banks and Vice Chairman of Widya Dharma Shanti Foundation that oversees STIKOM Bali, the largest ICT college in Bali. He is …

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