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Program Category: UWRF Perth

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is partnering with Writing WA to create UWRF Perth, running 8-10 October. This will be a hybrid event, combining live events and presentations at The Rechabite Hall in Perth, and in Bali. There will also be online participation from international speakers. These events will be live-streamed, allowing for interaction in real-time with live audiences in both Perth and Bali, and with our online audience across the globe.


Main Program | Weaving Mythical Characters and Magic Realism

Celebrated Indonesian author Ayu Utami, a pioneer of women’s erotica in Indonesia, along with Fogarty Award-winner Rebecca Higgie, will share stage and screen with Professor Krishna Sen to explore the …

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Main Program | Media and Memoir

In Phosphorescence, Julia Baird immerses herself in nature to explore friendships, family, loss, and illness, to seek the inner light that brightens our lives in the darkest times. In The …

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Main Program | Women of a Certain Rage

Australian politician and academic Anne Aly, award-winning children’s author Meg McKinlay, and documentary filmmaker Victoria Midwinter Pitt are all three exceptional women of widely different backgrounds. They have come together …

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Main Program | The Nutmeg’s Curse

In The Nutmeg’s Curse, Amitav Ghosh shares how Western colonialism and exploitation in the Banda Islands, Maluku, is the origin of climate change’s current dynamics. Hilmar Farid, the Director-General of Indonesia’s …

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Main Program | Semut

In Semut, Christine Helliwell shares the story of an Australian secret military operation launched into the remote jungled heart of the Japanese-occupied island of Borneo, in the final months of …

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Main Program | The Jakarta Method

In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military killed one million innocent civilians to eliminate the largest communist party outside China and the Soviet Union. Vincent Bevins’ bold and …

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Main Program | First Nations Poets

Australia’s First Nations people are the country’s first memory holders and storytellers. However, their stories are often left unheard. Join three First Nations writers, Elfie Shiosaki, Jarrad Travers, and Cass …

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Main Program | Roads Less Travelled, Travel Writing in the Time of COVID-19

When a global health crisis closes borders between and within countries, does literature’s potential to transport people to new places take on greater significance? David Allan-Petale, whose debut novel, Locust Summer, …

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Main Program | Poetry and Politics

Poets Emily Sun and Felix K. Nesi are powerful emerging voices in the literary communities of Australia and Indonesia, respectively. Their poetries consider the personal and political impacts of imperialism, …

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Main Program | Mulat Sarira: Self Reflection

Mulat Sarira is a Balinese philosophy that invites us to reflect on various aspects of ourselves and broader humanity, such as our relationship with the environment, society and the spiritual. …

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