UBUD WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL BACK WITH A BANG
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