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17,000 Islands, Infinite Sources of Inspiration

Posted: 27 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By Julia Winterflood At the opening ceremony of the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, where Indonesia was Guest of Honour, Indonesia’s Education Minister Anies Baswedan declared, “diversity is a source of …

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The Sights & Sounds of the 2015 UWRF Arts Program

Posted: 24 October 2015 Author: uwrf

As Bali’s cultural heartland, it’s no surprise Ubud comes into its own with an array of exciting music acts, performances, and art happenings. With famed Indonesian crooners, Dayak tribal leaders …

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Unleash your Creativity at the Free Children’s & Youth Program

Posted: 22 October 2015 Author: uwrf

Under 18? Want to be a writer? Or an illustrator? Or have you caught the book bug and can’t stop reading? If it’s a yes to any of those questions, …

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Pageturner: unmissable book launches

Posted: 20 October 2015 Author: uwrf

Book Launches are an annual Ubud Writers & Readers Festival tradition, with leading literary figures such as Tony Wheeler, Diana Darling and Ahmad Fuadi all having launched their books at …

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The Kitchen: UWRF’s Culinary Theatre

Posted: 16 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By Julia Winterflood Why isn’t Indonesian cuisine better known internationally? was a query posed frequently throughout the inaugural Ubud Food Festival, UWRF’s sibling event. Numerous answers were proffered – the …

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Boost your Bahasa Indonesia and Basa Bali

Posted: 14 October 2015 Author: sikuska

Selamat pagi! Apa kabar? Mau belajar Bahasa Indonesia? Ya? Dan silahkan ikut ‘Bahasa Breakfast’ di Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015. Don’t understand the above? Then you should probably head …

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Don’t Fake It, Just Make It

Posted: 09 October 2015 Author: sikuska

By Julia Winterflood The publishing world is dizzyingly unpredictable. We lament plummeting print book sales and tremble at the rise of the e-reader, and then the UK’s largest book retailer …

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Going Deeper into 17,000 Islands of Imagination

Posted: 07 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By I Wayan Juniarta, Indonesian Program Manager The central theme of this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is 17,000 Islands of Imagination, which refers not only to the geographical …

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Xinran: the truth behind the One Child Generation

Posted: 02 October 2015 Author: uwrf

By Uma Anyar One of the rewards of being a long-term attendee at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the pleasure of reconnecting with a writer discovered at an earlier …

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Five highlights from the UWRF 2015 Film Program

Posted: 24 September 2015 Author: uwrf

By Julia Winterflood On the second night of the inaugural Ubud Food Festival – UWRF’s sibling event – hundreds huddled knee-to-knee at open-air venue Taman Baca for the free screening …

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Anchee Min: China’s Lost Daughter

Posted: 18 September 2015 Author: sikuska

By Renee Thorpe One of the most anticipated writers at this year’s Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Anchee Min, born in China under the tyranny of Mao Tse-Tung, and …

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Sofie’s World

Posted: 11 September 2015 Author: uwrf

By Shelley Kenigsberg    Within moments of meeting Sofie Laguna and talking about story, books and writing, I was struck by her deep understanding of and enthusiasm for ‘the emotional heart’ …

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Steps Towards a Solution with Linda Christanty

Posted: 23 July 2015 Author: sikuska

This piece is by Sarita Newson and originally appeared in the UWRF column of the Bali Advertiser. Linda Christanty is an Indonesian author and journalist who is no stranger to awards, having …

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Nam Le on Love, Honour, Pity & Poker

Posted: 17 June 2015 Author: uwrf

This piece is by Uma Anyar and originally appeared in the UWRF column of the Bali Advertiser. “The thing is not to write what no one else could have written, but …

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Women of Letters: a love letter to missives

Posted: 01 April 2015 Author: sikuska

“Women of Letters is the perfect alchemy of literary art-party and storytelling, with drinking and bonding for all genders of truth-seekers. Marieke and Michaela deserve a medal for creating this …

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Our Ubud: A Local’s Guide, Part Four

Posted: 27 March 2015 Author: uwrf

Whether you live in Ubud, are a regular or have never been before; it’s a place that constantly delivers surprises, with every turn in the road offering something new to discover. …

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Indonesian writers for the world

Posted: 04 February 2015 Author: uwrf

For many writers, readers and lovers of Indonesian literature, frustration at the lack of resources helping to connect with each other and the world is nothing new. Rather than sit …

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No ordinary journey

Posted: 15 December 2014 Author: uwrf

This story was written by UWRF Founder & Director, Janet DeNeefe. There is only one thing better than cruising around the Komodo Islands in an elegant teak Phinisi boat, and …

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