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Top of the list for South­east Asian lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals is the Ubud Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val (UWRF), which will re­turn for its 14th year in the cul­tural cap­i­tal of Bali, bring­ing with it a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme of lit­er­ary lunches, hand­son work­shops, live per­for­mances and more. The early

– and not yet com­plete – list of speak­ers in­cludes mul­ti­award-winning crime nov­el­ist Ian Rankin, Malaysian writer, ac­tivist and for­mer UN Per­son of the Year Ma­rina Ma­hathir, Cana­dian au­thor Madeleine Thien, whose book Do Not Say

We Have Noth­ing was short­listed for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, and many oth­ers. “The fes­ti­val – surely the best in the world – en­sures that you’re never at a loss for in­tel­lec­tual nour­ish­ment,” Harper’s Bazaar said of UWRF. Also set to at­tend are the 15 young In­done­sians se­lected from a list of more than 900 ap­pli­cants to par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val’s ‘emerg­ing writ­ers’ pro­gramme.

Where and when? Bali, 25 – 29 Oc­to­ber

Ubud Writ­ers and Read­ers Fes­ti­val at­ten­dees at a talk dur­ing last year’s fes­ti­val

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