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WELCOME

OM SWASTYASTU

WELCOME

OM SWASTYASTU

From humble beginnings fifteen years ago, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has grown into the most prominent platform for sharing Indonesia’s emerging and established authors, artists and activists. I am proud that it has evolved into one of the world’s leading literary and cultural events.

Selamat datang kepada para penulis, sponsor, media dan pencinta sastra dari seluruh penjuru dunia di perayaan 15 tahun Ubud Writers & Readers Festival.

Congratulations to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival on its fifteenth year.

Atas asung kertha nugraha Ida Sanghyang Widi Wase, saya menyambut dengan gembira terselenggaranya Ubud Writers & Readers Festival yang ke-15. Kami menyampaikan selamat datang kepada para peserta dan selamat kepada Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, semoga semuanya berjalan lancar dan sukses selalu.

Our Festival has fulfilled its purpose of placing Ubud on the literary map – nationally and internationally – and sparking interest in Indonesian literature. Most international visitors in the early days said they knew little about Indonesian writers, but this has slowly changed over the years. This year’s theme is drawn from Balinese Hindu philosophy. ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals, interpreted as ‘The World We Create’. In Bali, the pursuit of collective harmony and prosperity can be seen almost everywhere. At a time when global events can make us feel fractured and dissonant, this year’s Festival compels us to pause and reflect on how we can strive for harmony, prosperity and happiness in our lives. Across our five-day program of in-conversations and debates, special events, hands-on workshops, and powerful live music and arts performances, we’ll be celebrating the authors, artists and activists from across Indonesia and beyond who have made a contribution to our harmony and prosperity. As ever, the Festival would not be possible without the overwhelming generosity of our Festival family – a strong network of partners, donors, supporters and volunteers who help bring the event to life each year. As a not-for-profit, we rely on the goodwill of the community, and I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us. In 2018, we’re not only celebrating our fifteenth year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas. We’re also celebrating the fact that Indonesia is home to excellent literature, art, film and food – and finally the world is taking notice.

Janet DeNeefe

Founder & Director

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Tahun 2018 ini kami mengangkat tema ‘Jagadhita’. Jagat yaitu bumi dan hita adalah keinginan akan kesejahteraan. Jagadhita adalah pencapaian kesejahteraan hidup yang diinginkan atas karma dari seseorang, keluarga, masyarakat atau bangsa di bumi ini. Sejahteranya hidup manusia di bumi, sesuai dengan ajaran Dharma maka kehidupan di akhirat akan sempurna pula sebagai tujuan utama hidup manusia yaitu; mencapai mokshartham jagadhita ya ca iti dharma.

With speakers and audiences from across the Indonesian archipelago and the world, the Festival is a culturally diverse meeting place for lovers of language and creativity in a magical place. From the stimulating conversations to the spirited music, enjoy every minute of celebrating the Festival’s fifteenth year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.

Tema adalah sebuah langkah awal dari inspirasi untuk tercapainya tujuan dari sebuah kegiatan yang akan dilaksanakan, dalam hal ini UWRF mengangkat tema ‘Jagadhita’.

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Saya menghatur selamat kepada para seniman, sastrawan, serta penghargaan kepada para inisiator, sponsor, panitia penyelenggara, dan masyarakat ubud yang selalu, dan akan terus mendukung serta mensukseskan UWRF.

Festival Patron

Dalam Bhagavadgita, Sri Krishna bersabda, “Banyak jalan bagi manusia untuk bisa mencapai kesejahteraan Ilahi atau Ananda, yaitu sebuah kesejahteraan lahir dan batin baik di bumi maupun di akhirat, yang didasari oleh Catur Purusha Arta yaitu; kekayaan, keinginan, kebenaran, dan kebebasan sebagai modal utama.”

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa. S.Sos, M.Si Festival Patron

Jika ajaran Dharma diterapkan sebagai dasar perilaku manusia dalam segala aspek kehidupan sosial, seperti; ketatanegaraan, sistem kemasyarakatan, politik, ekonomi, pendidikan, sosial budaya dan aspek sosial lainnya melalui kebebasan berekspresi, yakinlah bentuk kehidupan Jagadhita akan tercapai. Terimakasih saya ucapkan atas nama pendiri Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati pada semua pihak atas kerjasamanya, sehingga Ubud Writers & Readers Festival dari tahun ke tahun bisa terlaksana. Terutama kepada Pemerintah RI, Kepolisian RI, TNI, Puri Agung Ubud, masyarakat luas, pecalang, volunteers, sponsor, dan semua staf UWRF yang sudah bekerja keras.Demikian pula untuk para pencinta sastra, penulis, dan pembaca. Selamat menikmati Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2018. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om

SUPPORT US

Drs. Ketut Suardana, M. Phil

Founder of Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is the major annual initiative of the Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati, a not-for-profit foundation with the mission of enriching the lives of young Indonesians through community-building arts and cultural programs. The primary goal of the foundation is to give full expression to the creative needs of Indonesia, its individuals and its communities, while simultaneously showcasing the diversity and rich cultural traditions of the archipelago to the world.

Through the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, and our sister event the Ubud Food Festival, our Foundation promotes Ubud as an artistic and cultural hub, showcases Indonesia’s artists, writers, thinkers and performers and helps young Indonesians to reach their creative aspirations through the Emerging Writers Program. The Festivals rely on the support of patrons, donors, partners and you – our audiences. If you are interested in how you can get involved and provide much-needed assistance and sponsorship, please visit yayasansaraswati.org.

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OUR PROGRAM

With 180+ speakers appearing in 240 events across 30 venues, the UWRF transforms the artistic village of Ubud into a thriving creative hub for five days each year. Spanning a range of free and ticketed events, the Festival program comprises 13 categories. For more information about what, where and when, flip to the corresponding pages in the program book.

OUR VENUES

TICKETING

Main Venues

Online

The Main Program is held across three venues: Festival Hub @ Taman Baca, Indus Restaurant, and Neka Museum. They are all within walking distance of each other.

Tickets can be purchased via the Buy Tickets or individual event pages on our website. You will be redirected to our online booking system to complete your purchase in Australian dollars. Booking fees apply.

MAIN PROGRAM

CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAM

THE KITCHEN

SPECIAL EVENTS

FESTIVAL CLUB

BOOK LAUNCHES

Festival Hub @ Taman Baca

WORKSHOPS

FILM PROGRAM

ART EXHIBITIONS

CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

LIVE MUSIC & ARTS

SATELLITE EVENTS

The Festival Hub @ Taman Baca is home to the Box Office, Information Center, bookshop, and food and beverage stalls. It is also home to The Kitchen, and a wide range of free film screenings, live music and performances after dark.

Around Ubud Special Events, Workshops, Children & Youth Program, Film Program, Cultural Workshops, Art Exhibitions, Book Launches and the Festival Club @ Bar Luna take place at various venues across Ubud.

GETTING STARTED From 24–28 October, Bali’s cultural capital will welcome thousands of creative minds to celebrate the UWRF’s 15th year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas. From humble beginnings in 2002, the UWRF has evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events, and Indonesia’s leading platform for sharing its literature and culture with the world. Bringing together a diverse range of authors, activists, thinkers, performers and audiences, the Festival creates meaningful exchanges and cross-cultural dialogue. A place where speakers and audiences alike discuss shared passions, ideas and concerns, the Festival dissolves cultural and geographical borders to create a truly global community.

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2018 THEME Like many of the Festival’s previous years the theme is drawn from a Balinese Hindu philosophy. ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals, interpreted as ‘The World We Create’. The Festival’s five-day program will explore countless ways to create a world that we want to live in; how we strive as individuals and as communities to manifest positive change; and how to nurture this goal through respect and action that sustains compassion for each other and ourselves.

See the map at the back of the program book for all event locations.

GETTING AROUND Shuttle Bus A free shuttle service operates between the Festival’s three main venues and Puri Lukisan Museum on Jl. Raya Ubud, in central Ubud. The shuttle runs from 8:00-18:00 daily, every 30 minutes.

Parking Please note that parking at the Festival Hub @ Taman Baca and main venues is limited.

Tickets to events outside the Main Program must be purchased separately.

In Person Tickets can be purchased from the Festival Box Office at Taman Baca, Jl. Raya Sanggingan, from 24–28 October, 8:00–17:00. The Box Office accepts cash (Indonesian rupiah), Visa and MasterCard. Main Program passes can also be purchased from our Ticket Vendors. Please check our website for more details.

4-DAY MAIN PROGRAM PASS

Questions? E. ticketing@ubudwritersfestival.com P. +62 361 977 408

CONNECT WITH US Connect with the Festival on social media and help us bring Indonesia to the world. Use the hashtag #UWRF18 so we can find and share your content. Out of respect to our speakers and your fellow audience members, please keep your phone on silent and do not use flash photography.

1-DAY MAIN PROGRAM PASS

Ticket type

Price

Ticket type

Price

International (for all international visitors)

IDR 4,000,000

International (for all international visitors)

IDR 1,200,000

International Student (proof of student ID required)

IDR 1,250,000

International Student (proof of student ID required)

IDR 350,000

Indonesian (for all Indonesian nationals)

IDR 600,000

Indonesian (for all Indonesian nationals)

IDR 180,000

IDR 150,000

Indonesian Student (proof of student ID required)

IDR 50,000

Resident (proof of KITAS, Business, Sosial Budaya, DINAS or Retirement Visa required)

IDR 2,200,000

Resident (proof of KITAS, Business, Sosial Budaya, DINAS or Retirement Visa required)

IDR 700,000

ASEAN (proof of ASEAN passport required)

IDR 2,200,000

ASEAN (proof of ASEAN passport required)

IDR 700,000

Indonesian Student (proof of student ID required)

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UWRF18 Merchandise

DOWNLOAD THE free UWRF18 APp

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On our UWRF18 merchandise we’re honored to feature the custom artwork created for the Festival by contemporary Balinese artist, Budi Agung Kuswara. Festival merchandise can be purchased at the Merchandise Stall and Box Office, ranging from t-shirts, bags, and notebooks to coffee tumblers, key chains and stickers. For prices please visit our website.

In partnership with Buzzinga Apps, we are proud to offer the free UWRF18 App. Available to download for iOS and Android, the app contains up-to-date speaker and program information, and a handy scheduling function. Use the App to select your must-see sessions and create your own Festival schedule.

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FOUNDERS

SUPPORTED BY

MEDIA PARTNERS

MAJOR PARTNER

FESTIVAL PARTNERS GOLD PARTNERS

SILVER PARTNERS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

BRONZE PARTNERS

PRINCIPAL MEDIA PARTNERS

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MEDIA SUPPORTERS

FESTIVAL F RIENDS

DIAMOND ACCOMMODATION

PEARL ACCOMMODATION

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FESTIVAL staff Janet DeNeefe – Festival Founder & Director Kadek Sri Purnami – General Manager Wayan Juniarta – Indonesian Program Manager Saraswati Ratnanggana – Partnership Manager Widiatmini – Account Officer Dwi Ermayanthi – Program Coordinator Sarrah Monessa – Program Coordinator Gustra Adnyana – Community Program Coordinator Ari Putrayasa – Partnership Coordinator Wening Larasati – Partnership Coordinator Ade Ardhana – Partnership Assistant Abut Suka Merta – Production Coordinator Ayundari Gunansyach – Comms Coordinator Tiara Mahardika - Media Relations Coordinator Gungde Dwi – Graphic Designer Kuncir Sathya Viku – Graphic Designer Eka Septiarti – Administrative Assistant Nagoya Pande – Office Assistant Yola Chandra – Volunteer Coordinator Stanislaus Eko – Volunteer Coordinator Primadita Rahma – International Program Assistant

FESTIVAL consultants Donica Bettanin – International Program Consultant Julia Winterflood – International Media Consultant Jayden MacKenzie – Ubud Food Festival Consultant Claire Norton – Kitchen Program Consultant

EMERGING WRITERS curatorial committee Leila S. Chudori Warih Wisatsana Putu Fajar Arcana

TRANSLATION team Debra Yatim Julia Winterflood Pamela Allen Suzan Piper Toni Pollard

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thank you GOVERNMENT Mabes Polri Gubernur Bali Kapolda Bali Dinas Kebudayaan Provinsi Bali Brimob Polda Bali Bupati Gianyar Kapolres Gianyar Dandim Gianyar Dinas Kebudayaan Kab. Gianyar Camat Ubud Kapolsek Ubud Danramil Ubud Lurah Ubud LPM Ubud Desa Pekraman Ubud Desa Pekraman Penestanan Pecalang Desa Pekraman Ubud Pecalang Desa Pekraman Penestanan Dinas Pariwisata Kabupaten Gianyar

UBUD PATRONS Puri Agung Ubud Tjokorda Raka Kerthyasa Tjokorda Gde Putra Sukawati Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati Tjokorda Gde Raka Sukawati Tjokorda Ngurah Suyadnya

WRITERS PATRONS Anna Hassett Anthony Cottan Colin Singer Dr. Robert Karoly Future Leaders John DeNeefe Karen Dwarte Kellie-Jane Pritchard & Paul Harris Peter Johnson Vidhi Law Office

THANK YOU All our private donors All our volunteers Andika Rahmawati Andini Judianto Andre Dananjaya Arnoldus Pradityo Utomo Aryo Bimo Notohadikoesomo Azalea Phinata

Barbara Millstein Chriswan Sungkono Daniel Prasatyo Dewi Suardana Dhia Andrina Eddie & Judi Jagger Edward Speirs Endriani Dwi Siswanti Frandi Abdi Putra Gus De Gunawan Helen Morgan Henry Abramson Holly Reid & Andrew Fleming I Dewa Ayu Widiastuti I Gde Pitana Imam Raharja Irma Lumban Gaol John DeNeefe Justitia Jin Fujimoto Kate Hutcheson Ketut Yuliarsa Mary K Neufield Michael Kelleher Michel Richard Michelle Anindya Mora Siregar Nancy Anello Ngah Muli Ong Nuri Arunbiarti Penny Johnson Philida Thea Philip K. Price Phillipa Milne Puput Dyah Lestari Putu Adi Eka Putra Randy Katon Bagaskara Richard Llewellyn Robert Chong Rully Rumantra Ruth Ayuda Novitarani Sally Breen Sanaz Fotouhi Stephanie Pearson Sue Twedell & Tony Parkinson Susan Symansky Susi Suzanti Sitorus Tannia Margaret Titan Kusuma Tony Wheeler & Maureen Wheeler Trifitri Muhammaditta Valentine Willie Vetta Tovanneu Will Dawson & Izzy Roberts-Orr Wiwik Pertiwi

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SESSIONS

From intimate in-conversations with leading authors, artists and activists, to fiery debates on some of the world’s most pressing issues, the Festival’s Main Program takes place from 25–28 October.

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Thursday, 25 oct

Thursday, 25 oct Festival Welcome 09:00–09:45 Neka Museum

Join us as the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance, a warm welcome from our Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe, and two keynote speeches. In 2018 we celebrate 15 years as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.

10:15–11:30 Neka Museum

Crossing Cultures 10:15–11:30 Indus Restaurant

The Rights Stuff 10:15–11:30 Taman Baca

13:00–14:15 Neka Museum With: Tariq Khalil, Ferenc Barnas, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Cat Wheeler, Jewel Topsfield* Making one’s way in a new country can be a rollercoaster ride from despair to delight – daily. Does the reality ever match our imaginings? These writers found a new home and life lessons in this magical archipelago; they pause to reflect on what Indonesia has taught them.

Barbara Demick: Nothing to Envy 14:30–15:30 Neka Museum

Mark Lynas: Seeds of Science 13:00–14:15 Indus Restaurant

The Big Read: Poetry Edition 13:00–14:15 Taman Baca

With: Mark Lynas, Christine Bader*

With: Please see our website or the UWRF18 App for lineup

In Seeds of Science, eco-activist Mark Lynas lifts the lid on the controversial story and misunderstood science of GMOs. In the mid-‘90s, as the global media frothed with the risks of genetically modified crops, Lynas destroyed crop fields and spoke out in the press…until he realized he was wrong. He joins us to explain why.

It’s one of life’s pleasures: having someone read to you. We’ve assembled a lineup of our most masterful poets in a little corner of the Festival devoted to the loveliness of listening. Grab a bite from our food stalls, put your feet up, and let our scribes take care of the rest.

Jane Caro: Plain Speaking

Small Towns, Big Imagination

14:30–15:30 Indus Restaurant

14:30–15:30 Taman Baca With: Joshua Pomare, Jessie Cole, Darmawati Majid, José Luís Peixoto, Rosemarie Milsom*

With: Susi Pudjiastuti, Rebecca Henschke*

With: Kamin Mohammadi, Carlo Pizatti, Sofija Stefanovic*

With: Christine Bader, Saras Dewi, Gillian Triggs, Todung Mulya Lubis, Kirsti Melville*

With: Barbara Demick, Michael Vatikiotis*

With: Jane Caro, Rosemary Sayer*

“Sink it” became a national catchphrase after Indonesia’s maverick Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries fulfilled her threat to sink any foreign boats found illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. In 2017 she ordered the sinking of around 87 illegal boats. Ibu Susi will reflect on her fight to protect the country’s millions of fishers and vast marine resources.

Born in Iran and exiled to the UK in 1979, Kamin Mohammadi found a new lease on life in bella Italia. Meanwhile, Carlo Pizatti was making his way as an Italian son-in-law in India. They come together to compare notes on the links, lessons and laughs that manifest when moving between cultures.

Advocates in an age of compassion fatigue, Christine Bader, Gillian Triggs, Saras Dewi and Todung Mulya Lubis have placed human rights at the heart of their work. Active at the intersections of politics, conservation and business, they’ll compare their experiences and what keeps them going when the going gets tough.

North Korean children are taught to sing “We have nothing to envy in the world”. Barbara Demick’s poignant and revealing interviews with defectors from Chongjin reveal a reality far more complex, giving us a glimpse into daily life under the most secretive of governments – and what it takes to leave it behind.

“At some point, I gave up trying to play it safe. I stopped trying to control the uncontrollable.” Novelist, commentator and Walkley Award winner Jane Caro brings a breath of fresh air to conversations about education, religion, feminism and aging, to name a few. She takes the UWRF stage to chart her passions and perspectives.

Kim Scott: Taboo

Janet Steele: Mediating Islam

Higher Self

The Pursuit of Peace

Family Footsteps

A Cry for Help

15:45–17:00 Indus Restaurant

15:45–17:00 Taman Baca

11:45–12:45 Neka Museum

11:45–12:45 Indus Restaurant

With: Kim Scott, Geoffrey Williams*

With: Janet Steele, Michael Vatikiotis*

Stunning. Formidable. Truth-telling. Twotime Miles Franklin winner Kim Scott is at the forefront of storytelling in Australia, tackling difficult questions of its colonial past in a way that expands the reader’s heart and mind. Delve into the book the Guardian hailed “a complex, thoughtful, and exceptionally generous offering by a master storyteller”.

Janet Steele has been moving between the media landscapes of the west and Southeast Asia for decades. In a richly-layered survey of Indonesian and Malaysian media, she invites us to consider the intersection of faith and the fourth estate – an essential session for those seeking a deeper understanding of the cultures around us.

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11:45–12:45 Taman Baca With: Sapardi Djoko Damono, Warih Wisatsana, Andre Septiawan, Gratiagusti Chanaya Rompas, Debra Yatim* “Writing poetry is like having a conversation with our higher self,” says American poet Jericho Brown. They hail from different generations but the lives of these four writers are shaped and permeated by poetry. Listen closely as they share the intimate conversations they have with their higher self.

15:45–17:00 Neka Museum

Is there something universal about small towns and rural life? A lack of anonymity, a close community? Does it allow writers to go places that cities don’t? We’ve gathered writers from Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and Portugal to discuss the insights and inspiration that come from writing beyond city limits.

With: Noor Huda Ismail, Gurmehar Kaur, Sidney Jones, Rio Helmi*

With: Garin Nugroho, Kamila Andini, Leila S. Chudori, Rain Chudori, Hera Diani*

With: Emmanuela Shinta, Butet Manurung, Modesta Wisa, Tom Owen Edmunds*

In an age increasingly defined by difference and hate, these panelists are working to analyze the deep divisions in society and empower others in efforts to promote peace. Take a break from the headlines to go deep on questions of what divides us, and what might bring us back together.

Picasso’s father was an artist. Gandhi’s a politician. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, they say. Two award-winning filmmakers and two accomplished authors discuss the dynamic of children following in their parents’ footsteps. How is work ethic and creativity affected when parents and children share a passion and profession?

As deforestation goes unchecked, corporate plantations encroach on local lives, and mining disrupts the social and ecological equilibrium, Indigenous communities and their natural resources are deeply impacted. We hear from social justice campaigners who have devoted their lives to defending and empowering these communities across the archipelago.

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Susi Pudjiastuti: Sink It

What Indonesia Taught Me


Friday, 26 oct Twenty Years Later 09:00–10:00 Neka Museum With: Putu Fajar Arcana, Saras Dewi, Haidar Bagir, I Wayan Juniarta* Indonesia, 1998. With the fall of Suharto’s 32-year autocratic regime following years of political turmoil and violence, the ‘Reformation Era’ was ushered in. Heaped upon it were promises of freedom, prosperity, and a corruption-free society. Three thinkers weigh in on what has – and hasn’t – changed since.

10:15–11:30 Neka Museum

Gail Jones: The Death of Noah Glass 09:00–10:00 Indus Restaurant

Yeb Saño: Climate Campaigner 09:00–10:00 Taman Baca

With: Gail Jones, Darryl Whetter*

With: Yeb Saño, Tom Owen Edmunds*

Parents and children. Love and art. Grief and happiness. Memory and the mystery of time. In her mesmerizing seventh novel, The Death of Noah Glass, Gail Jones cements her reputation as one of Australia’s most loved writers. She discusses her latest work and looks back over a celebrated life in letters.

Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia Yeb Saño has spent decades combating climate change. In this timely conversation he takes the temperature of environmental activism in 2018, and proposes a hopeful idea: the solution to the world’s ecological crisis is not in the corridors of power, but in catalyzing a global movement of people.

Islands of Inspiration

Fantastical Realms

10:15–11:30 Indus Restaurant

10:15–11:30 Taman Baca

With: Reni Eddo-Lodge, Clementine Ford, Gurmehar Kaur, Mark Lynas, Michael Vatikiotis*

With: Anuradha Roy, Avara Yaron, Will Buckingham, Carl Hoffman, Annee Lawrence*

With: Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Kris Da Somerpes, Avianti Armand, Aan Mansyur, Kadek Sonia Piscayanti*

Life in the public eye can be particularly perilous in the internet age, as access and anonymity conspire to bring out the worst in many. For these writers though, retreat is not an option. Navigating a public presence both on and offline, they reveal what keeps them going, and how they stay true to what really matters.

Indonesia comprises more than 17,000 islands and has been attracting artists and writers from abroad for centuries. Hailing from India, the USA and the UK, these writers found infinite inspiration here among the islands. They reveal what drew them here, and the special role that Indonesia plays in their recent works.

From a man begging forgiveness from a tree, to a woman engaging in intense conversation with a snake in Eden, every poem is a realm of its own. Poetry’s precise form can contrast thrillingly with the wildest imaginings – listen in as these poets reveal the creation stories of the realms inside their minds.

Hanif Kureishi: The Nothing

Kamila Andini: The Seen and Unseen

Worth a Thousand Words

11:45–12:45 Neka Museum

11:45–12:45 Indus Restaurant

11:45–12:45 Taman Baca

With: Hanif Kureishi, Kate Evans*

With: Kamila Andini, Uphie Abdurrahman*

With: Emte, Sukutangan, Innosanto Nagara, Kim Toft, Ketut Yuliarsa*

Hanif Kureishi has been a major and vital presence on page, stage and screen since 1990’s The Buddha of Suburbia. In The Nothing, readers will recognize his distinctive take on sex, love and longing salted with dark humor. A rare chance to hear from one of the most fearless writers in a generation.

Award-winning Indonesian director Kamila Andini’s debut feature, The Mirror Never Lies, follows the lives of Bajo ‘sea gypsies’ in South Sulawesi. Her second feature, Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen), is a surreal meditation on this fundamental Balinese philosophy. Kamila reflects on the importance of bringing traditional Indonesian cultures to the big screen.

This year a graphic novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for the first time. From ethereal children’s books to striking covers of new and classic novels, images can conjure captivating visual narratives. Join these graphic gurus as they discuss the joys and challenges of transforming words into poignant pictures.

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#metoo 13:00–14:15 Neka Museum

Off Limits 13:00–14:15 Indus Restaurant

With: Tishani Doshi, Clementine Ford, Saras Dewi, Eliza Vitri Handayani, Hera Diani*

With: Djenar Maesa Ayu, Nuril Basri, Feby Indirani, Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Febriana Firdaus*

#metoo. It’s the hashtag that has become a lightning rod for movements around the world, taking on different meanings in different places. We convene a round table conversation with writers from Indonesia, India and Australia to narrate its impact in their respective countries and see what’s shaking in the sisterhood.

Many topics are still taboo in Indonesia, and the consequences of tackling them are very real. Meet some of the country’s most courageous young writers as they narrate the prejudices they’ve overcome to tell the stories normally left unspoken, and share their experiences of words making a difference.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club

Cosmopolitan Creativity

14:30–15:30 Neka Museum With: Barbara Demick, Jewel Topsfield, Endy Bayuni, Rebecca Henschke* Whether reporting from exotic locales or the world’s trouble spots, telling stories of tragedy or triumph, the work of a foreign correspondent is never dull. We’ve managed to pin down three of the finest to share some of the highs and lows that have defined their careers in the foreign bureau.

In Praise of Slow 15:45–17:00 Neka Museum With: Tishani Doshi, Christine Bader, Kamin Mohammadi, Jill Stark, Kirsti Melville* Faster! Better! More! Productivity and personal achievement are dominant cultural values in 2018, but do we have to buy in? Our panel asks you to put down your phone, put away your planner, and stop to consider the sweetness of going slow.

14:30–15:30 Indus Restaurant With: Gail Jones, Ghayath Almadhoun, Cath Drake, Giuseppe Catozzella, Tiffany Tsao*

The Big Read: Journeys 13:00–14:15 Taman Baca With: Please see our website or the UWRF18 App for lineup It’s one of life’s pleasures: having someone read to you. Let your imagination wander with some of UWRF’s finest storytellers as they share tales of adventure, stories of discovery and journeys of the heart. Grab a tasty bite from our food stalls, put your feet up, and let our scribes take care of the rest.

Rewriting the Script 14:30–15:30 Taman Baca With: Djenar Maesa Ayu, Kamila Andini, Richard Oh, Garin Nugroho*

How does leaving home influence the writer’s mind? Whether a short sojourn or a new life in a new location, expanded horizons tend to find their way on to the page. From lonely to life-affirming, our panel shares how time away from home has shaped their work.

In Indonesia, no female-directed film has entered the annual top five highestgrossing domestic films list since 2011, and female roles still tend to be confined to feminine stereotypes. Meet the independent filmmakers strengthening Indonesian cinema with female characters who are unafraid to write their own script.

Biographical Boundaries

Evolving Islam

15:45–17:00 Indus Restaurant

15:45–17:00 Taman Baca

With: Gabriela Ybarra, Shrabani Basu, Sergius Sutanto, Geoffrey Williams*

With: Haidar Bagir, Dina Zaman, Sidney Jones, Janet Steele*

The best biographers have an eye for real life stories with something timeless to tell. From research to revelation, our panel unpacks the art of writing real lives: when do you know this is your story to tell? How do you choose what to leave out? And, most intriguing, where do imagination and creativity fit in?

No religion has received as many headlines or as much misunderstanding in recent years as Islam. Our panelists study the faith in its many manifestations, from everyday lives in Indonesia and Malaysia to the extreme edge of terrorism. Come beyond the front page for a thoughtful take on this prismatic theology.

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Friday, 26 oct


Saturday, 27 oct Gillian Triggs: Speaking Up

Giuseppe Catozzella: Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid 09:00–10:00 Indus Restaurant

The Pledge 09:00–10:00 Taman Baca

With: Gillian Triggs, Rosemary Sayer*

With: Giuseppe Catozzella, Kate Evans*

Gillian Triggs became a household name as President of Australia’s Human Rights Commission, advocating for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalized. Reflecting on her life and career, she shares the values and experiences that shaped her and the causes that galvanized her. Let her inspire you, too, to speak up.

Giuseppe Catozzella’s Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid sold more than half a million copies in 40 countries and won Italy’s prestigious Premio Strega Giovani Prize. One of the most popular writers working in Italy today shares the inspiration behind a deeply personal book giving universal insight into the plight of modern refugees.

Yenny Wahid: Against All Odds

Intimate Instincts

Local Wisdom

10:15–11:30 Indus Restaurant

10:15–11:30 Taman Baca

10:15–11:30 Neka Museum

With: Ivan Lanin, Theodora Sarah Abigail, Rain Chudori, Jean Couteau, I Wayan Juniarta* Long before it was known as Indonesia, youth across the archipelago converged on present-day Jakarta and pledged to unite as one nation with one language. 90 years on, four language lovers will unravel their relationship with the evolving, diverse and underestimated language that is Bahasa Indonesia.

With: Jessie Cole, Gabriela Ybarra, Julia Prendergast, Rosemarie Milsom*

Yenny Wahid has watched Indonesia from different vantage points: as a journalist covering Aceh and Timor-Leste, and as confidante of a president besieged by political intrigue. Now, as Director of religious freedom watchdog The Wahid Institute, she’s attempting to salvage her father’s legacy of tolerance and multiculturalism amidst religious fundamentalism.

With: Kim Scott, Apirana Taylor, Rukmini Toheke, Sanne Van Oort, Emmanuela Shinta*

Sometimes the smallest details tell us the most. In their moving and memorable books, these writers draw on intimate interactions of ordinary families in extraordinary circumstances. They share the craft of writing that is based in truth, the necessity of going to dark places, and the magic of the cracks where the light gets in.

Colonial legacies and commercial forces threaten Indigenous cultures across the AsiaPacific. Four champions of culture will tell us about their work preserving traditional languages, stories and knowledge in Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand – and how deeper engagement with Indigenous wisdom can benefit all societies.

Indonesia, Outside In

Still the Morning of the World?

Clemantine Wamariya: The Girl Who Smiled Beads

With: Yenny Wahid, Leila S. Chudori*

11:45–12:45 Neka Museum With: Sidney Jones, Ross Tapsell, Vasuki Shastry, Janet Steele, Step Vaessen* By the end of 2018 Indonesia will have played host to the Asian Games, the International Monetary Fund and Our Ocean Conference. How is Indonesia’s place in the world changing? What are the key relationships and issues that define this Indonesian moment? Our experts take a look from the outside in.

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11:45–12:45 Indus Restaurant With: I Gde Pitana, Alistair Speirs, Jango Pramartha, Carma Citrawati, Marlowe Bandem* “Even in the 1930s people were aware that tourist clichés had arisen about the island, but in the 1950s the image of Bali as paradise became fixed,” writes Adrian Vickers. A Balinese literary star, a scholar, a publisher and a cartoonist ask, after a century of tourism, is Bali still “the morning of the world”?

11:45–12:45 Taman Baca With: Clemantine Wamariya, Kirsti Melville* What does it take to create a life on your own terms, to tell the story of war and what comes after? From war-torn Kigali to the Oprah stage, Clemantine Wamariya asks us to look beyond the label of victim and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks.

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Changing the Culture 13:00–14:15 Neka Museum With: Reni Eddo-Lodge, Feby Indriani* Award-winning author and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race sparked a new and frank conversation about systemic racism. From eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, she takes the UWRF stage to consider the current moment in anti-racist activism.

Fatima Bhutto: The Runaways 14:30–15:30 Neka Museum

Serious About Young Minds 13:00–14:15 Indus Restaurant With: Innosanto Nagara, Julia Lawrinson, Daisuke Takeya, Jay Griffiths, Norman Ince* Ranging from a profound examination of childhood to contemporary works engaging the intellect of children and teenagers, these writers and artists take young minds very seriously. Connect with your inner child for a romp through wildness, wonder, compassion, and creativity.

It Takes Two 14:30–15:30 Indus Restaurant

The Big Read: Telling Tales 13:00–14:15 Taman Baca With: Please see our website or the UWRF18 App for lineup It’s one of life’s pleasures: having someone read to you. A treat for lovers of a good story, UWRF’s prose pros will share their work in a little corner of the Festival devoted to the loveliness of listening. Grab a bite from our food stalls, put your feet up, and let our scribes take care of the rest.

Being Presidential 14:30–15:30 Taman Baca

With: Fatima Bhutto, Kate Evans*

With: Isobelle Carmody, Anne Spudvilas, Rani Pramesti, Cindy Saja, Lisa Siregar*

With: Yenny Wahid, Endy Bayuni, Ross Tapsell, I Wayan Juniarta*

How far would you run to escape your life? In The Runaways, bestselling author Fatima Bhutto delves into difficult questions of modern Muslim identity in a world consumed by violence. Be among the first to hear her discuss one of the year’s most hotly-anticipated releases, from the author of Songs of Blood and Sword and The Shadow of the Crescent Moon.

Sometimes two heads really are better than one, but there’s an art to bringing together the written word and visual art to create something special. From shared inspiration to the nuts and bolts of drafting (and deleting!), our panelists sharpen their pencils for a masterclass in the art of collaboration.

“We politicians now have to compete against Netflix to get your attention,” President Jokowi told the 2018 ASEAN summit. After the watershed 2014 election, Indonesia returns to the polls next year. This panel looks past the reality TV drama to examine what’s at stake, and what Indonesians expect from the role of President.

Africa is Not a Country

Hidden Bali

Ladies to the Front

15:45–17:00 Neka Museum

15:45–17:00 Indus Restaurant

With: Clemantine Wamariya, Ndaba Mandela, Uzodinma Iweala, Michael Kelleher*

With: Ngurah Paramartha, I Made Bandem, Carma Citrawati, Marlowe Bandem*

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie famously warned of ‘the danger of a single story’: if we choose to hear only a single story about a country – or continent – we risk crucial misunderstanding. We hear from a group of writers about their powerful work creating new narratives of some of the world’s oldest cultures.

Despite being one of the world’s top tourist destinations and the most documented island in the archipelago, Bali still holds many surprising mysteries for curious minds. Join these cultural detectives as they divulge their fascinating findings on the island’s oldest dynasty, a rarely-heard genius composer, and mesmerizing verses written on lontar manuscripts.

15:45–17:00 Taman Baca With: Jane Caro, Cat Wheeler, Shrabani Basu, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Poonam Sagar* From a queen’s chambers to a modern day writing group with an erotic twist, from finding one’s voice to exuberant elderhood, for these writers women’s stories are essential. They talk inspiration, indignation and inquiry – find out why, and how, they are committed to bringing the ladies to the front.

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Saturday, 27 oct


Sunday, 28 oct Ndaba Mandela: Going to the Mountain

Shrabani Basu: Victoria & Abdul 09:00–10:00 Indus Restaurant

Fighting for the Forests 09:00–10:00 Taman Baca

With: Ndaba Mandela, Rebecca Henschke*

With: Shrabani Basu, Poonam Sagar*

With: Bustar Maitar, Tom Owen Edmunds, Yeb Saño, Step Vaessen*

In Going to the Mountain, Ndaba Mandela shares his coming-of-age alongside South Africa’s rebirth. From violent Soweto ghettos to his grandfather’s presidential home, join him for a deeply personal account of the journey that taught him the power of resistance, the spirit of endurance, the triumph of forgiveness, and the beauty of reconciliation.

Shrabani Basu was on holiday when she noticed several captivating portraits of an Indian servant to Queen Victoria. She would go on to uncover the story of Abdul Karim, 24-year-old former Indian Muslim clerk who ended up becoming the Queen’s closest confidant until she died. Meet the writer with an instinct for intrigue.

In the last half-century, more than 74 million hectares of Indonesian rainforest have been logged, burned, or degraded, with devastating effects for humans, animals and the land itself. Driven and determined, these panelists are working to understand and protect a precious ecosystem, now and for future generations.

Dealing with Disaster

Art for Impact

It Takes a Village

10:15–11:30 Neka Museum

10:15–11:30 Indus Restaurant

With: Daisuke Takeya, Rio Helmi, Devy Kamil Syahbana, Ade Andreawan, Jewel Topsfield*

With: Wanggi Hoed, Budi Agung Kuswara, Kadek Sonia Piscayanti, Rani Pramesti, Cindy Saja, Uphie Abdurrahman*

When countries sit astride complex tectonics, natural disasters become part of both environment and consciousness. With ongoing rumbling in the Ring of Fire, and Lombok’s recent deadly quake, what disaster risk reduction is urgently required, and for those affected, how can these events be processed and memorialized?

A pantomime artist slash social activist, a theatre director assisting mothers to stage their own play, a visual artist helping people with schizophrenia, and an actor remembering the May 1998 riots with the message: “We cannot heal what we will not face.” Calling all socially-conscious creators: this is art for impact’s sake.

What a Map Cuts Up

Serial Storytellers

11:45–12:45 Neka Museum

11:45–12:45 Indus Restaurant

10:15–11:30 Taman Baca With: Clarissa Goenawan, Dervla McTiernan, Annee Lawrence, Lisa Siregar* The solitary author in her eyrie is a romantic image, but support is key to many writers making it across the finish line, whether with their first book or their fiftieth. Who do you trust to read those early drafts? What opportunities are out there that you haven’t heard about? Our panel shares hard-won insights.

Geoff Dyer: Scene by Scene 11:45–12:45 Taman Baca

Darkness Descends 13:00–14:15 Neka Museum

UWRF18 Indonesian Emerging Writers 13:00–14:15 Indus Restaurant

With: Noorhuda Ismail, Febriana Firdaus, Aprila Wayar, Clemantine Wamariya, Rio Helmi*

With: Rosyid H Dimas, Darmawati Majid, Reni Nuryanti, Pratiwi Juliani, Avianti Armand*

Violence takes many forms and is explained with numerous pretexts, but the outcome is inevitably suffering. These brave speakers will recount their personal encounters with violence and the process of moving forward while bearing scars on body, heart and mind.

Our 2018 Indonesian Emerging Writers Program received 850 submissions from across the archipelago. Five were selected for our annual Bilingual Anthology. From Aceh, Yogyakarta, South Kalimantan and South Sulawesi, hear from four determined young writers about what drove them to pick up the pen.

The Price of Freedom

Marty Natalegawa: Does ASEAN Matter?

14:30–15:30 Neka Museum

14:30–15:30 Indus Restaurant

The Big Read: Food For Thought 13:00–14:15 Taman Baca With: Please see our website or the UWRF18 App for lineup Fancy some food for thought over lunch? We’ve assembled a lineup of the Festival’s most provocative thinkers with bold ideas and unique solutions for you to chew on. Grab a tasty bite from our food stalls, put your feet up, and let our scribes take care of the rest.

At Home, Everywhere 14:30–15:30 Taman Baca

With: Nyoman Nuarta, Rudi Fofid, Garin Nugroho, Yenny Wahid, Leila S. Chudori*

With: Marty Natalegawa, Michael Vatikiotis*

With: Sofija Stefanovic, Rain Chudori, Agustinus Wibowo, Omar Musa , Lisa Siregar*

2018 is Indonesia’s 73rd year of independence. A sculptor who designed the nation’s tallest monument, a Moluccan poet who inspired peace in his conflicttorn homeland, a legendary filmmaker, and a moderate Islamic activist ask what it will take to preserve the Republic in this period of political animosity.

Former ambassador and foreign minister Marty Natalegawa offers an insider’s perspective on the role and relevance of ASEAN. How can the regional alliance ensure that efforts to ensure prosperity and security are felt in the lives of its citizens? A timely conversation with one of Indonesia’s most highly regarded diplomats.

At home everywhere, or nowhere? By choice or by necessity, ‘third culture kids’ grow up in a culture different from that of their parents, often moving between worlds with linguistic and diplomatic fluency. These writers pause to reflect on how coming of age with a dynamic sense of home has shaped their lives and work.

Uzodinma Iweala: Speak No Evil

Fifteen Years of UWRF

Jagadhita

15:45–17:00 Neka Museum

15:45–17:00 Indus Restaurant

15:45–17:00 Taman Baca

With: Tania Canas, Anuradha Roy, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Darryl Whetter*

With: Isobelle Carmody, Dee Lestari, Tiffany Tsao, Norman Ince*

With: Geoff Dyer, Michael Williams*

With: Uzodinma Iweala, Doni Marmer*

With: Janet DeNeefe and Festival friends

With: Richard Oh, Avianti Armand, Dee Lestari, Jill Stark, Rio Helmi*

“What the map cuts up the story cuts across.” – Michel de Certeau. This year, UWRF brings together writers from 30 countries, celebrating the power of story to inspire empathy, understanding and action. Listen in as these writers trace the maps that have shaped them, and the stories that have taken them beyond borders.

Surely the only thing better than a good book is an entire series of good books. Meet three authors who have created wondrous worlds that keep readers coming back for more. From story arcs to the unique fan culture that a series inspires, they’ll compare notes on being in it for the literary long haul.

Brilliantly observed and exquisitely written, Geoff Dyer’s work is a unique beast: singular in style and wide-ranging in its obsessions. From yoga for people who can’t be bothered to do it to deep dives on music, film, art and photography, he takes the UWRF stage for a chat celebrating culture, criticism and curiosity.

Uzodinma Iweala’s debut novel Beasts of No Nation announced an important new writer. He returns with Speak No Evil, the story of Niru, a Nigerian-American coming of age and coming out in Washington DC. Join an in-depth dissection of race, identity and self-actualization with one of fiction’s rising stars.

As the sun sets on the fifteenth Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, join Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe and some old Festival friends as they recall the humble beginnings, surprises and highlights of the annual event we’ve all come to love. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate.

Like many Festivals past, this year’s theme is drawn from a Balinese Hindu philosophy. ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity as one of life’s primary goals. Yet harmony in our personal lives still eludes many. Join these diverse creatives as they unfold the eternal quest for happiness.

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Sunday, 28 oct


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From intimate literary lunches to long table dinners with the Festival’s most charismatic speakers, our Special Events take place at Ubud’s top-rated restaurants and resorts. With limited seats available, we strongly advise that Special Events are booked well in advance. Please show your booking confirmation at the event as proof of purchase, either printed or on your device.

SPECIAL Events

Gala Opening & Writers Dinner 24 October IDR 1,250,000

18:00–23:00 Ubud Royal Palace

A Storyteller’s Lunch 25 October IDR 950,000

12:00–14:30 Alila Ubud

Join our Gala Opening at the Ubud Royal Palace, featuring key Festival speakers and a performance of Siwa Nataraja. Then, head to Casa Luna where you’ll rub shoulders with the Festival’s stars at our private Writers Dinner. Make new friends over a sumptuous Balinese dinner as you get ready for the Festival to unfold.

With: Tom Owen-Edmunds, Geoff Dyer, Jay Griffiths, Carl Hoffman

Includes three-course dinner and wine.

Includes three-course lunch and glass of wine.

Literary Lunch with Ndaba Mandela

Long Table Dinner: Edible Indonesia

26 October IDR 1,000,000

11:30–14:00 Maya Ubud

Indulge your inner wanderer over lunch at breathtaking Alila Ubud. Geoff Dyer, Jay Griffiths and Carl Hoffman go beyond the everyday to bring readers to wild places, unique cultures and profound passions. Join them for a lunch less ordinary.

26 October IDR 650,000

18:30–21:00 Desa Visesa Ubud

Cocktail Hour with Hanif Kureishi 25 October IDR 750,000

17:30–19:00 Plataran Ubud

With: Hanif Kureishi, Michael Kelleher Hanif Kureishi’s work is beloved for its examination of relationships, race, regret and longing. As the sun sets over Plataran Ubud, he’ll take us behind the scenes of a career on page, screen and stage for an intimate cocktail hour not to be missed. Includes two cocktails, one mocktail and canapés.

This Alien Nation 26 October IDR 350,000

19:00–21:00 Indus

With: Ndaba Mandela, Michael Williams At 11-years-old, Ndaba Mandela was unexpectedly invited to live with his grandfather, Nelson Mandela. They built a relationship that would affect both of them profoundly. Over a memorable Maya lunch, he’ll share the lessons that have inspired him to carry on one of the world’s most powerful legacies. Includes welcome drink, three-course lunch and glass of wine.

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Indonesia inspires many of UWRF’s writers, and its cuisine is celebrated by the chefs at Desa Visesa’s Lumbung Restaurant. We’re bringing them together for a long table dinner where you’ll discover dishes imbued with time-honored traditions, and writers who’ll share their experiences from across these islands of imagination.

In a multicultural world, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, hilarious, and weird. But it makes for some great stories. For this special UWRF edition of the beloved New York storytelling show, Sofija Stefanovic and a lineup of Festival scribes share tales of language barriers, cultural missteps, rumbles, romance, and more.

Includes welcome drink, three-course dinner. Optional wine pairing IDR 800,000.

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Cocktail Wednesdays, 4pm onwards DIVINE Fridays, 4-8pm Wine tasting Masterclass, every Friday at 5:30pm DIVINE HOUR, every day from 4-6:30pm, except Fridays Opening hours restaurant: 11:00am-11:00pm | Opening hours bar: 4pm-11:00pm Phone: +62 361 970095 | Jl. Raya Campuhan, Ubud | www.bridgesbali.com

SPECIAL Events

SPECIAL EVENTS Look Who’s Coming to Lunch at Nusantara by Locavore 27 October IDR 595,000

12:00–14:30 Nusantara by Locavore

Nusantara is the Indonesian archipelago. From Sumatra to Sulawesi, take a culinary journey across 17,000 islands in the finest literary company. Alongside some of the Festival’s most fascinating speakers, you’ll indulge in exceptional Indonesian cuisine from the team behind Indonesia’s toprated restaurant – arrive hungry in body and mind!

The perfect place to...WINE AND DINE IN UBUD

Feast and Fiction 27 October IDR 1,200,000

Club Continental at Casa Luna

18:30–21:30 bridges

With: Fatima Bhutto, Gail Jones, Anuradha Roy, Rosemary Sayer UWRF unites lovers of great storytelling, and we’ve gathered three of the Festival’s most beloved novelists for a one-nightonly celebration of fiction at its finest. Join Fatima Bhutto, Anuradha Roy and Gail Jones at bridges, one of Ubud’s most in-demand dining rooms, for dinner, wine and a treasure trove of tales.

Includes long table lunch of 12+ dishes.

Includes three-course dinner with wine pairing.

UWRF’s 15th Birthday Brunch!

Stories by the Sea

28 October IDR 400,000

11:30–14:00 Casa Luna

Go back to where it all began with UWRF’s Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe and her Festival family, who’ll share behindthe-scenes stories over a festive Balinese birthday brunch. Includes two-course long table brunch and birthday cake.

28 October IDR 500,000

27 October Free

21:00–24:00 Casa Luna

Get ready to groove as Ubud’s beloved Casa Luna hots up for a dynamic Saturday night. French spoken word artist KWAL (Supported by Institut Francais Indonesia) will dazzle you with his unique musical storytelling, then dust off those dancing shoes because Spanish singer and flamenco dancer Angela Lopez Lara with flamenco guitarist, Adien Fazmali, will have you energized ‘til late! Enjoy Casa Luna tapas and refreshments.

18:30–21:00 Tandjung Sari Hotel

The Ubud Writers & Readers Festival comes to Sanur for one night only. As the sun sets over one of Bali’s iconic views, join fellow book lovers over Tandjung Sari’s famed Indonesian fare, accompanied by a conversation ranging across books, writing, and the passions that unite writers and readers. Includes welcome drink and three-course dinner.

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Elevate your literary abilities with our hands-on Workshop series, conducted by some of the Festival’s most dynamic authors, artists, thinkers and performers in various venues across Ubud. With limited seats available, we strongly advise that Workshops are booked well in advance. Please show your booking confirmation at the event as proof of purchase, either printed or on your device.

International: IDR 650,000 Resident: IDR 450,000 National: IDR 250,000

Writing Feminism 14:00–17:00 24 October Kori Ubud Resort Spa & Restaurant

Silk Painting Inspiration 14:00–17:00 25 October The Payogan Villa Resort & Spa

The Journey 14:00–17:00 25 October The Samaya Ubud

Hidden Histories

Clear and Compelling

10:00–13:00 26 October Kori Ubud Resort Spa & Restaurant With: Shelley Kenigsberg

10:00–13:00 26 October The Mansion Bali With: Shrabani Basu

14:00–16:00 26 October Taksu Spa & Restaurant With: Mark Lynas

All good stories are built from scenes. In this workshop, you’ll learn what a scene is, what it does and how to make your scenes useful and powerful – from the opening act to the closing curtain. Discover how to identify the essential elements of scenes (and diagnose clutter to be eliminated) so that you can turn dull into delightful on every page.

Hunting for original sources, combining journalism with archival research and building an irresistible narrative have been the foundations of Shrabani Basu’s bestselling books. This workshop will equip you with some tips for uncovering stories that might have been lost to time – and bringing them back to life.

Whether you’re writing articles, essays or a deep-diving book, crafting nonfiction that’s both informative and compelling is a particular skill. Mark Lynas shares a wealth of experience to help you unlock the art of taking research and real stories to a popular audience.

La Bella Figura

Story Fundamentals

Creating Worlds and Characters

27 October Outpost

10:00–13:00

10:00–13:00 27 October Kori Ubud Resort Spa & Restaurant

27 October Hubud

14:00–17:00

With: Kamin Mohammadi

With: Darryl Whetter

With: Ninda Daianti

Find your inner Sophia Loren in this workshop with journalist, writer and broadcaster Kamin Mohammadi. She fled London for Florence in desperate need of a change, and found herself transformed by the power of la bella figura. Learn how to live, love, eat like an Italian – and how that can inspire your writing.

What are the fundamental ingredients of a story? Desire is the core of all narratives – from jokes to novels to plays to films to video games. Clarify and explore the basis of all stories in all genres while learning to distinguish how different genres deepen, and enable these storytelling fundamentals.

Creating a story means developing its own world. Uniting setting with characters, learn how to nurture the story’s complexity, and give readers a structure for imagination. Begin by digging not only the ground, but planting the seeds for the emotional state of your main character.

Get Out of Your Own Way

Writing Truth with Tail

Writing and Ethics

14:00–17:00 27 October Taksu Spa & Restaurant

10:00–12:00 28 October Best Western Premier Agung Resort

Supported by The Jakarta Post Writing Center.

28 October The Purist Villas

14:00–17:00

With: Olin Monteiro, Kadek Sonia Piscayanti

With: Kim Toft

With: Isobelle Carmody

With: Meena Adnani Kumari

With: Endy Bayuni

With: Will Buckingham, Hannah Stevens

Women of words, sharpen your statements and celebrate the links between literature and feminism. Tackle issues of gender equality and diversity with writing that’s both creative and convincing, from giving yourself permission to write to practical exercises to keep you inspired. Bring along your own writing samples for a session designed with skills and solidarity in mind.

Access another side of your creativity with marine artist, author and illustrator Kim Toft. Her children’s books, featuring vibrant silk painting illustrations, have captured the hearts of children and won numerous awards. In this hands-on workshop she’ll share her technique and inspiration, and you’ll take home your own silk painting.

There and back again. The journey is the classic story structure at the heart of some of our most treasured tales. From quotidian to questing, award-winning novelist Isobelle Carmody will show you how this story arc can be the scaffolding for something special – pack your ideas for a masterclass in craft.

Feeling stuck? There are obstacles to writing that you can’t control, but this workshop is about tackling the things you can. Whether it’s making time, pushing through writer’s block or simply feeling that you have permission to put pen to paper, motivational speaker and writer Meena Kumari Adnani shares her secrets to feeling empowered and energized about your work.

With Senior Editor Endy Bayuni, learn how to find an unseen angle, and seek the ‘tail’ to create the message your readers can stay with. Use narrative arc, concrete details, and creative nuances to pen your piece. Some of us may have similar stories, but never the same outlook.

Whether you are a poet, a novelist, or a nonfiction writer, questions of ethics are inescapable. This workshop is about what words can do, the trouble they can cause, and the risks and responsibilities of wielding them: a fun, interactive exploration of how to make and unmake trouble with words.

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The Festival isn’t just about words and ideas; it’s also an opportunity to delve deeper into Balinese society. Led by Ubud’s most revered guides, our Cultural Workshops are rich in Balinese cultural heritage. With limited spaces available, we strongly advise that Cultural Workshops are booked well in advance. Please show your booking confirmation at the event as proof of purchase, either printed or on your device.

Market Tour and Cooking Class 25 October IDR 450,000

08:00–13:00 Meet at Casa Luna

For traveling foodies and curious cooks, discovering local produce at traditional markets is an essential holiday ingredient. With the Casa Luna Cooking School team, learn about Balinese cuisine’s colorful array of herbs and spices at Ubud Central Market, then return to the Cooking School to prepare a lavish Balinese feast, accompanied by a glass or two of local rice wine or iced hibiscus tea.

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Bahasa Breakfast 25 October IDR 150,000

08:00–08:45 Joglo @Taman Baca

Basa Bali Breakfast 26 October IDR 150,000

08:00–08:45 Joglo @ Taman Baca

Kick-start your Festival day with traditional Balinese treats and coffee, while learning the basics of Bahasa Indonesia with the bubbly team from Cinta Bahasa. Learn key greetings, the dos and don’ts, as well as useful Indonesian phrases that will help you make the most of your time in Ubud.

Kick-start your Festival day with Balinese treats and coffee, while learning the basics of Basa Bali with the team from Cinta Bahasa. Learn key greetings, the dos and don’ts, as well as useful Balinese phrases that will help you make the most of your time in Ubud.

Includes Balinese treats and coffee, and a language booklet to help you keep learning throughout your stay.

Includes Balinese treats and coffee, and a language booklet to help you keep learning throughout your stay.

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CULTURAL Workshops

CULTURAL WORKSHOPS Batik Painting 26 October IDR 550,000

Herb Walk 10:00–14:00 Nirvana Pension

Iconic for both its artistry and long history, Indonesia’s batik is designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Whether printing with a cap or designing freehand with the canting, this intimate workshop is a chance to explore the processes, tools and techniques for you to produce a beautiful batik painting.

27 October IDR 350,000

Gaya Gayo 08:00–11:00 Meet at Casa Luna

Bali is abundant with edible leaves, many of them with health-giving properties. This workshop will introduce you to the wealth of natural remedies growing wild around Ubud. Guides Lilir and Westi have studied Usada Bali, a traditional Balinese book of healing, and have spent much time researching Balinese plants and using them in their daily lives.

27 October IDR 300,000

11:00–12:00 Campuhan College

Discover body percussion in this interactive workshop introducing the traditional Saman dance of the Gayo people of Aceh. Dancers clap their hands, slap their chests, thighs and the ground, click their fingers, and sway and twist their bodies and heads in time with the shifting rhythm – bring your best moves for a truly unique experience!

Includes fresh coconut drink or herbal drink.

Blue is the Universe 27 October IDR 450,000

12:30–13:30 Joglo @ Taman Baca

Join Balinese contemporary artist and creator of the UWRF18 artwork Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) on a journey into the blue universe of cyanotype printing. Using plants and objects distinct to the Balinese way of life, you’ll create your own A4 cyanotype photogram print. Includes A4 cyanotype photogram paper print.

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Culinary Jalan-Jalan 28 October IDR 400,000

06:00–09:00 Meet at Casa Luna

Join our intrepid food guides on a walking tour to the home of Ubud’s iconic suckling pig, Ibu Oka’s. After a caffeine hit, meet Pak Rimpin, the master of bebek betutu (spiced duck), and Pak Sanur, the don of ayam betutu (braised chicken). Polish off the tasty tour with a Balinese breakfast of champions at Casa Luna.

The Language of Offerings 28 October IDR 350,000

11:00–13:00 Nirvana Pension

You’ve no doubt admired the Balinese Hindu offerings, called canang, adorning homes, streets and temples. Now you can discover the reasons behind the rituals. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the Balinese Hindu belief system and the rich variety of ancient offerings and ceremonies held across the island.

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Spin Your Own Story 26 October Villa Kitty

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10:00–12:00 25 October Joglo @ Taman Baca

Release Your Inner Voice 25 October 10:00–12:00 Campuhan College

My Night in the Planetarium 14:00–16:00 25 October Campuhan College

27 October 10:00–12:00 Joglo @ Taman Baca

With: Anita Hairunnisa

With: Julia Lawrinson

Debby is an award-winning author, and she will help develop your ideas into fantastic stories. Spin the wheel and see which words you get – who knows where they will take you to next!

This workshop is a publishing program for young people from Bitread Kids. To publish your own short story or comic, first learn about writing techniques, then layout. Finally your work is ready to be published!

Suitable for ages 8-11. Bilingual.

Suitable for ages 9-12. Bilingual.

Julia Lawrinson is an Australian writer who has written more than a dozen awardwinning books for children and young adults. This is your chance to join her to learn more about creating characters for your own stories. There will also be a reading at the end of the workshop!

Supported by SCBWI Indonesia & Villa Kitty.

Supported by Bitread.

Suitable for ages 10+. English.

Letter of Love

The Patient Stone

In Memory of My Feelings

14:00–16:00 27 October Yellow Coco Creative Nest

28 October 10:00–12:00 Campuhan College

With: Theodora Sarah Abigail

With: Susan Allen, Susiawan

With: Rain Chudori, Pratiwi Juliani

Coming straight from the heart, words can be an everlasting gift for someone special in your life. In this workshop, we will plan your own heartfelt letter, write it together, then decorate the envelope to create a perfect piece of mail art for anyone that’s on your mind.

The Patient Stone is a Sufi tale about a young woman on a journey that takes her away from her family and into a strange but enchanting garden. What she discovers changes her life forever. Join us for storytelling set to live music, and go on an arts journey of your own at the end.

Inspired by Frank O’Hara’s poem, In Memory of My Feelings, this workshop uses an emotion as the basis for writing. Through poetry, prose, a short story or nonfiction, we will explore our inner lives, recognize our rawest emotions, and communicate them through words.

Suitable for ages 8-12. Bilingual.

Suitable for ages 7+. Bilingual.

Suitable for ages 15+. Bilingual.

Make Your Own Charcoal

The Power of Words

Small Acts of Kindness

28 October IDR 330,000

10:00–12:00 Joglo @ Taman Baca

14:00–16:00 28 October Joglo @ Taman Baca

28 October 14:00–15:30 Campuhan College

With: Francoise Keyser

With: Shoba Dewey Chugani, Emiliana Nazir

With: Innosanto Nagara

With: Anne Spudvilas, LagiLagi

With: Apirana Taylor

With: Yuichiro Hara

Do you like writing poems and stories? Join Francois to learn about different ways to help you start writing, how to develop characters, describe things, develop emotions, and keep a journal. Then let your creative juices flow for better stories!

Let your imagination flow freely with vibrant images and musical rhythmic prompts. Emilia and Shoba, both children’s book authors and educators, will guide you through an exciting process of crafting your own unique story, inspired by magical pictures and sounds.

This is a true story. Do you want to hear it? My Night in the Planetarium is the story of one magical night in the Jakarta Planetarium. It’s also about how through art and solidarity freedom can be won. The author of beloved national bestseller A is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara, will guide you through a night sky full of stars.

Make Your Own Charcoal fuels environmental awareness and creativity. Learn how to make drawing charcoal, then with award-winning picture book illustrator, Anne Spudvilas, you will create an amazing charcoal drawing.

Join poet, short story writer, storyteller, playwright, novelist, actor, musician and painter Apirana Taylor for a fun-filled workshop focusing on the power of words. Learn how to access and harness your poetry prowess!

One kind of harmony in the world we create can be achieved by acts of kindness. From a short story, recollect an act of kindness and its impact on the character’s world. Focus on plot and setting, and how to stay true to one’s own story.

Suitable for ages 10+. English.

Suitable for ages 12-18. English.

Suitable for ages 9-15. English.

Suitable for ages 6+. English.

Suitable for ages 7+. Bilingual. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards future workshops for Balinese children.

Supported by Bank BRI Cabang Ubud.

Supported by Jakarta Intercultural School.

Suitable for ages 7+. English. Supported by SCBWI Indonesia.

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CHILDREN & Youth

Our Children & Youth Program is free but registration is required, which you can do from the event page on our website or at the Box Office. Please show your registration confirmation at the event, either printed or on your device.

10:00–12:00 26 October Joglo @ Taman Baca

Let’s Write!

With: Debby Lukito

14:00–16:00 27 October Joglo @ Taman Baca

The Festival isn’t just for established voices; it’s a place to encourage emergings to grow. Designed for aspiring Affandis and Eka Kurniawans, our Children & Youth workshops span writing, drawing, poetry and performance.

Creative Writing for Young Authors

10:00–12:00

Publish in a Flash


Omar Musa: Since Ali Died 25 October Bar Luna

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There’s no need to book, just bring yourself, your curiosity and a sense of humor as some of the Festival’s hottest performers take to the Bar Luna stage. Bar Luna is downstairs at Casa Luna Restaurant, on Jl. Raya Ubud.

Retired, Rewired 25 October Bar Luna

Stealing with the Eyes 17:00–18:00

25 October Bar Luna

18:15–19:15

Sayang Kalimantan 25 October Bar Luna

19:30–20:30

17:00–18:00

26 October Bar Luna

18:15–19:15

With: Omar Musa

With: Bruce Carpenter, Alex Vermuelen

With: Tariq Khalil

Bar Luna welcomes back rapper, poet and lyrical powerhouse Omar Musa for a triumphant evening of deeply personal stories and riotously political songs. In his acclaimed one-man show Musa mashes poems, live music and stories to confront heartbreak, human connection and the dark realities of Australian culture.

Inspired by the Ramayana and Shakespeare’s Othello, The Epic unites images, animation, music and voice to tell the story of a beautiful, other-worldly foundling and an ingenious outsider: a tale of love, hate, envy, ignorance and the inevitability of fate. Art expert Bruce Carpenter will guide you through a feast of visual storytelling.

If these walls could talk! ‘50s futurism, tropical art deco, Indo-European Indische: Indonesia is home to a little-known trove of architectural treasures. Join unlikely explorer and retro enthusiast Tariq Khalil for an illustrated odyssey across the archipelago with mid-century style as your guide.

The Last Wild Men of Borneo

Buku Kuku-Ku

The Ruin

26 October Bar Luna

As the sun sets head on down, order a cocktail and immerse yourself in the Festival Club @ Bar Luna’s free nightly program.

26 October Bar Luna

Retronesia

19:30–20:30

26 October Bar Luna

20:45–21:45

27 October Bar Luna

16:00–17:00

With: Carl Hoffman

With: Cipta Croft-Cusworth

With: Dervla McTiernan, David Sly

In The Last Wild Men of Borneo, Carl Hoffman traces the fortunes of two Western explorers who traveled deep into the wild heart of Borneo. Their paths were different but would echo each other – opposites but also equals. Join an intimate telling of one of the last great adventure stories.

Groundbreaking toy designer, writer and illustrator Cipta Croft-Cusworth brings his unique multimedia shadow puppet performance with live storytelling to Bar Luna. Telling the tale of the creation of the universe of Dasuatika and the price of using dark magic to keep death at bay, this puppet show is not just for kids!

Publisher’s Weekly called her a writer to watch. Marian Keyes described the book as “Spectacularly good”. For crime lovers, The Ruin is one of the most exciting debuts of recent years. Spend an hour in Ireland’s underbelly and discover a novel that’s made Dervla McTiernan the name on many a bedside table.

Happy Never After

Chinese Whispers

The Poet’s Club

27 October Bar Luna

17:15–18:15

27 October Bar Luna

18:30–19:30

27 October Bar Luna

19:45–21:00

With: Cat Wheeler, Geoffrey Williams

With: Will Buckingham

With: Emmanuela Shinta

With: Jill Stark, Rosemarie Milsom

With: Rani Pramesti, Cindy Saja

With: Kamau Abayomi, Festival poets

Long-time Bali resident Cat Wheeler describes herself and her friends as ‘the ones who got away’, exchanging briefcases and cityscapes for gamelan sounds and rice field vistas. She shares her journey to ‘exuberant elderhood’ in Retired, Rewired: Living Without Adult Supervision in Bali – come along for the ride.

In 1994, Will Buckingham travelled to the Tanimbar Islands in Indonesia’s eastern Maluku province as a trainee anthropologist. He recounts life-changing encounters with three craftsmen and their histories, myths and philosophies in a tale of art, sickness, witchcraft, and unpaid debts. For lovers of travel…and transformation.

In 2015, forest fires in Indonesia put more carbon into the atmosphere than Europe’s annual carbon footprint. In the two years that followed, Wally Tham and his team worked with local young people to design and build Indonesia’s first functioning haze shelter. This inspiring documentary captures a victory for grassroots activism.

Jill Stark was living the dream: a coveted job, dating a sports star, and her first book a bestseller. She’d found her fairytale ending. Then it all fell apart. In Happy Never After, Jill examines why the happiness fairytale is driving us mad – and reveals how she flipped the script.

Beginning life as an art installation then evolving into a digital graphic novel, Chinese Whispers traces the search for identity in history through gentle excavation of real life stories. Jakarta-born ethnic Chinese creator Rani Pramesti and illustrator Cindy Saja join UWRF to launch the English language edition with this premiere screening.

Beat, rhyme, lyric and verse. Poetry has a way of going straight to the heart. Join some of the Festival’s favorite wordsmiths as they whip up a night of fantastic flights, deep contemplation and rousing roofraising to reconnect you with the magic of being in the moment.

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FILM PROGRAM Pull up a seat and settle in for our free Film Program. A mini Indonesian film festival in its own right, this is your chance to experience the nation’s most celebrated recent feature films and documentaries.

24 October Betelnut

14:00–16:00

In 1932, experiencing a midlife crisis, Charlie Chaplin ‘escapes’ to Bali, finding rejuvenation and inspiration. Directed by Raphaël Millet, this documentary contains rare footage filmed by Chaplin. Supported by Balinale - Bali International Film Festival.

Love is a Bird (2018) 26 October Betelnut

16:00–18:00

With: Richard Oh Richard Oh’s fifth feature Love is a Bird follows Darma who, leaving Jakarta with a camera, finds himself in Yogyakarta. Darma discovers that the shadow of his past is catching up with him fast.

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Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) (2017) 26 October Taman Baca

19:00–21:00

With: Leila S. Chudori, Pritagita Arianegara Laut Bercerita is an adaptation of Leila S. Chudori’s second novel, directed by Pritagita Arianegara. From the bottom of the sea a man speaks of his death, and shares stories of the events leading up to it.

BLUE 27 October Betelnut

12:00–15:00

BLUE takes us on a provocative journey into the ocean realm. Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, BLUE brings us into their world where the story of our changing ocean is unfolding. Supported by Greenpeace.

Nowhere to Go (2018) 25 October Betelnut

14:00–14:30

With: SPARC Stories Refugees residing in the transitory country of Indonesia brace for an uncertain future. Directed by SPARC Stories in collaboration with the Refugee Learning Center in Cisarua, West Java, Nowhere to Go follows three Hazara refugee children.

Terbang: Menembus Langit (Fly) (2017) 27 October Betelnut

16:00–18:00

With: Rully Habibie Fajar Nugros’ tenth feature follows Onggy, who doesn’t let being born into a poor family stop him from pursuing his dreams. When he sets foot in Surabaya, he learns freedom is not easily found, but must be achieved.

NOKAS (2016) 25 October Betelnut

Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (2017) 15:00–17:00

It’s not simple to marry in East Nusa Tenggara. A large dowry must be offered to the bride’s family, often reducing the meaning of marriage to a transaction. Manuel Alberto Maia’s film follows Nokas’ struggle.

25 October Taman Baca

19:00–21:00

Mouly Surya’s fourth feature is one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed recent films. Hailed as the first ‘Satay Western’, it’s a revenge fantasy rooted in the nation’s gender conditions, complex regional culture, and Sumba’s stark beauty.

Supported by Balinale - Bali International Film Festival.

Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen) (2017) 27 October Taman Baca

19:00–21:00

With: Kamila Andini Kamila Andini’s award-winning second feature was selected for the Cinéfondation Residence program at Cannes. A young girl retreats into a dreamscape to deal with the impending loss of her twin brother, taking viewers on a hypnotic journey.

Etgar Keret: Based on True Story (2017) 28 October Betelnut

15:00–17:00

People from all over the world have come to love Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s surreal short stories which play with fantasy and reality. Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm investigate why storytelling is an essential aspect of Keret’s life.

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Many sessions are followed by a Q&A with the directors, actors, and scriptwriters, so please check our website and the UWRF18 App for details. No registration required.

Chaplin in Bali (2017)


LIVE MUSIC & ARTS

From Bali to West Africa 25 October Taman Baca

Thursday night is rich in cultural and artistic diversity at Taman Baca. Get ready for powerful poetry performances by Festival poets Kadek Sonia Piscayanti, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Saras Dewi and Andre Septiawan. Then, join musician, improviser and composer Rodrigo Parejo for Spanish jazz, before Miriam Libermann transports you to West Africa with her unique style of kora playing.

As the sun sets the Festival comes alive with our dynamic Live Music & Arts Program. For nightly schedules and performer bios, refer to our website and the UWRF18 App.

Women of Words Poetry Slam LIVE MUSIC & Arts

Featuring:

Poetry Slam

20:00–22:30

For our annual Women of Words Poetry Slam we’re looking for the finest poems celebrating diversity and feminism. Bahasa Indonesia, English, free verse or rhyme – raise your voices and rejoice in the power of women as they shine in the spotlight. Register to participate on the door, one hour before. Supported by Arts for Women/PWAG Indonesia.

26 October Betelnut

Rodrigo Parejo

Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi: Dear You 26 October Taman Puisi

17:00–18:30

The Jakarta Post Writing Center’s Debra Yatim and Ninda Daianti lead a relaxed and reflective writing exercise with the chance to take the mic and share your work.

Pecha Kucha 25 October IDR 100,000

19:30–21:00 Betelnut

Global performance phenomenon Pecha Kucha – now in more than 900 cities – sees Festival artists present 20 images for 20 seconds each. With dozens of daring ideas set to bubble over it’s always a raucous and racy capacity crowd, so be sure to secure your spot early. Tickets available at the door.

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Hujan di Bulan Juni 26 October Taman Baca

Get prepared to get loud: live literature hits the stage for the UWRF’s celebrated Poetry Slam, one of the most sizzling events of the Festival. From global poets to local sensations, who will win the crowd, and who will go out in a blaze of spoken word glory? Register to participate on the door, one hour before. Supported by The Barrett Reid Foundation, honoring the late Shelton Lea.

21:00–22:00

Settle in for an evening of music and performances inspired by the poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono, the recipient of this year’s UWRF Lifetime Achievement Award. Hujan di Bulan Juni (Rain in June) is one of his most beloved poems, and tonight it will come to life through immersive sounds and theatre.

Featuring:

Resonansi Ruang

(Supported by Raditomo)

Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi 25, 27 October Taman Puisi

Sams

(Supported by Raditomo)

17:00–18:30

Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi is for all word weavers wishing to share their works with kindred spirits and appreciative audiences. No registration required.

20:00–23:00

LIVE MUSIC & Arts

24 October Betelnut

21:00–23:00

Teater Kalangan

Jovan Yudistira

(Supported by Raditomo)

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The World We Create 27 October Taman Baca

21:00–23:00

Drawn from a Balinese Hindu philosophy, ‘Jagadhita’ is the individual pursuit of universal harmony and prosperity, interpreted as ‘The World We Create’. Come on a musical exploration of our Festival’s theme.

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27 October Betelnut

Supported by Bentang Pustaka.

Closing Night Party 28 October 19:00–23:00 Blanco Renaissance Museum You can’t miss this – the last night of the Festival is a joyous evening of music, dance, and appreciation. From Aceh to Borneo to Ireland, these performances are testament to the Festival’s diversity – come and help us celebrate the final moments of our fifteenth year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.

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ART EXHIBITIONS Masa Subur 20 October Karja Art Space

PAUSE; URBAN DECAY 16:00–17:00

25 October DUMBO

15:00-16:30

These works by female Indonesian artists challenge the common tendency of female-created visual aesthetics to be viewed as too personal, and nonrepresentative of society, through a variety of approaches, ideas and statements.

This photography exhibition observes urban, everyday spaces often viewed as unimportant. How important is a bedroom for you? PAUSE; URBAN DECAY explores the potential of everyday spaces and environments to be transformed into art.

Exhibition runs from 20 October-9 November.

Exhibition runs from 24 October-28 October.

DenPasar2018

The Epic

5 October 19:00–22:00 CushCush Gallery

ART Exhibitions

All times indicate launch start time

DenPasar2018 is part of CushCush Gallery’s program series providing a platform for young local artists and creative communities to connect and collaborate. DenPasar2018 represents the aspirations of the current creative generation.

The Epic is a kind of ‘non-movie’ of 32 film stills, presented as an interactive web book accessible at soh29-theepic.com. It is loosely based on the Ramayana and Shakespeare’s Othello. Exhibition runs from 9 October-4 November. The performance is on 27 October at 6:00pm.

GloBALIzation

Anonymous Ancestors 09:00–19:00

25 October Casa Luna

Budi Agung Kuswara is the creator of the UWRF18 artwork. He has incorporated photos taken in Bali from 1925-1930 into these works, as an attempt to explore our collective memory of the island, and as appreciation for the nameless faces.

Exhibition runs from 25-28 October.

Exhibition runs from 25 October-25 November.

Comfort Zone - A Solo Exhibition by Kuncir Sathya Viku

Borobudur Under the Full Moon

16:00–20:00

26 October Oracle Gallery

Sponsored by UNESCO, this exhibition features Caroline and Hughes Dubois’ extraordinary photos of Borobudur taken under a full moon over four years. Join the photographers and author of the accompanying art book, Bruce Carpenter, for the launch.

Exhibition runs from 30 September-30 October.

Exhibition runs from 26 October-10 November.

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Cnr of Jalan Raya and Jalam Jembawan, Ubud. And Jalan Danau Tamblingan 42, Sanur. Tel: 62 361 970320 | www.ganeshabooksbali.com

UBUD YOGA CENTRE

17:00–19:00

Balinese artist Kuncir Sathya Viku’s creations often grow from Balinese mythology. His message for this exhibition is: “There is a place without stress, where we feel safe. It’s a comfort zone, full of happiness. Will you step out of your comfort zone? Please do, and step into mine.”

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And the Books for Bali Project fostering literacy and reading for pleasure in the Balinese community by donating books to local schools and libraries.

18:00–20:00

The continuous battle between the traditional values of agrarian culture and the modern values of the tourism industry is GloBALIzation’s primary inspiration. The artist, Bali’s most beloved cartoonist, hopes it will incite both smiles and reflection.

30 September Littletalks

Specialising in books on Indonesia, New, Used, Rare and Antiquarian.

18:00–20:00 27 October Tony Raka Gallery

Exhibition runs from 5 October-4 November.

25 October Taman baca

GANESHA BOOKSHOPS BALI

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BOOK LAUNCHES Dancing in Silver: The Jewellery of Runi Palar 24 October Nomad

16:30–18:00

PAUSE; URBAN DECAY 25 October DUMBO

15:00–16:30

Asia Reborn 27 October The Elephant

UWRF18 Bilingual Anthology 15:30–17:00

27 October 16:00–17:30 Joglo @ Taman Baca

With: Bruce Carpenter

With: Sandi Jaya Saputra

With: Prasenjit Basu

With: UWRF18 Anthology Writers

Dancing in Silver is a retrospective of the remarkable designs of Runi Palar, Indonesia’s first modern jeweler. A Central Javanese princess and court dancer, she became an international cultural icon in a maledominated field, against a backdrop of revolution, political chaos, prejudice and economic hardship.

This photobook observes urban, everyday spaces often viewed as unimportant. How important is a bedroom for you? Humans won’t survive without a space to rest. PAUSE; URBAN DECAY explores the potential of everyday spaces to be transformed into art.

In the first single chronicle of the modern economic and political history of Asia told from an Asian perspective, Asia Reborn is a compelling account of how Asia’s nations overcame the legacy of European domination to begin the long climb to economic dynamism.

Each year we put a call out to emerging writers across Indonesia: send us your stories. The most outstanding are published in our Bilingual Anthology – a rich insight into Indonesian language and culture.

Nayla

Gugug!

The Sacred Trails of Singhawangsa

Gong dan Palegongan: Jejak Historis dan Estetis Mpu Ageng I Gusti Putu Made Geria

25 October 15:30–17:00 Blanco Renaissance Museum

25 October PiciPici Warung

16:00-17:00

16:00–17:30 27 October Sri Ratih Cottages

Supported by Bitread.

16:30–18:00 27 October Blanco Renaissance Museum

With: Djenar Maesa Ayu

With: Emte

With: Ngurah Paramartha

With: Prof. I Made Bandem

First published in Indonesian in 2005 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the English translation is by Sebastian Partogi, and edited by Kan Lumé. Nayla is physically and mentally abused by her mother. Hers is a journey of struggling against repression, and for love and freedom.

Graphic novel Gugug! invites us to realize humans aren’t too distant from animals. When we do, we can learn that animals and humans are twin brothers who have not yet finished their adventures.

The Sacred Trails of Singhawangsa transports us to the age when ancient Bali’s civilization was in the north, the homeland of lords and great leaders. It was the center of the maritime kingdom Singha Mandawa, with a heritage of great statecraft and governance.

IGP Made Geria has a deep understanding of the Balinese art of palegongan. His journey as a practitioner, teacher and researcher has created a legacy of new compositions, skilled students, and books. This book explores his journey and contribution.

Girl Submerged

Banjarmelati

Buddha is a Punk Skater

Prayers on Canvas: Paintings, Spirituality and Humanity

25 October Herb Library

16:30–18:00

Supported by Gramedia Pustaka Utama.

26 October Littletalks

15:30–17:00

28 October DUMBO

14:00–15:30

14:30–16:00 28 October Blanco Renaissance Museum

With: Avara Yaron

With: Ahmad Zaenudin

With: Wayne Furlong

With: Nasir Tamara

Sirena shares vivid dreams, watery emotions, and visions – what most people keep to themselves. Her story traverses the uncovering of buried sexual trauma, healing, and spiritual awakening. Her journey covers difficult terrain, but is juicy along the way.

A career woman returns from Jakarta to her traditional Javanese village and reveals the story of her life, urging her two siblings to reveal their own. From Banjarmelati to Jakarta, Shimla to Alice Springs, this is a beautifully woven fabric of stories and secrets from each of them.

In a teaching career spanning decades, Wayne Furlong might’ve seen it all. His book captures the life lessons learned along the way, in a look at the funny side of people and the serious issue of education. Amusing, absorbing, and philosophical – a bit like teaching, really.

Prayers on Canvas or Wirid on Canvas is the first book celebrating the work of Nasirun, one of Indonesia’s greatest living painters. During a period of energy and inspiration the artist created one painting per day during Ramadan. The resulting 29 paintings invite examination of the relationships between writing, art, spirituality and humanity.

Komodo - In Pursuit of the Living Legends

Myth, Magic and Mystery in Bali

Angkot dan Bus Minangkabau. Budaya Pop dan Nilai-nilai Populer

Touring Reality Without a Guide

26 October The Elephant

16:00–17:30

27 October 14:00–15:30 Sri Ratih Cottages

28 October Littletalks

15:00–16:30

28 October Il Giardino

15:30–17:00

With: Volker Kess

With: Jean Couteau

With: David Reeve

With: Tamarra Kaida

Volker Kess captures Komodo dragons in an impressive compilation: eye-catching photos and exciting anecdotes, with background information and reflections. His interactions with Indonesia’s natural world have changed his life and shaped a colorful and varied career.

From knowledgeable to subjective, serious to humorous, Jean Couteau’s articles share philosophical and social considerations no travel journalist would know, nor would an academic anthropologist dare to express. Jean takes us deep into the heart, mind and soul of Bali.

Creative, funny, dynamic, nyentrik – the vibrant pop art on the buses and passenger vans (angkot) of West Sumatra is a sight to behold. This bilingual book explores the color and complexity of that art in entertaining fashion, with over 250 color photos.

Short, short stories that resonate in the mind for a long, long time. This is a unique flash fiction collection for grownups who envy their kid’s books, giving readers a hand in glove experience in which pictures and words collaborate to tell stories that are brief, yet haunting.

Supported by Phoenix Communications.

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Step into the sizzling Festival Kitchen for a series of cooking demonstrations from some of Bali’s best chefs. Tickets can be purchased via our website or at the Box Office. Please show your booking confirmation at the event as proof of purchase, either printed or on your device.

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Fine-tune the Fundamentals 26 October IDR 100,000

09:30–10:30 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

Indonesian Raw with Arif Springs 26 October IDR 100,000

11:00–12:00 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

East Meets West 26 October IDR 100,000

12:30–13:30 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

With: Ubud Food Festival Team

With: Arif Springs

With: Reynaldo De Luna II

From dicing an onion to filleting fish, de-boning a chicken to searing steak, cooking is a lot easier – and much more enjoyable – when you really know what you’re doing. If you’d like to sharpen your kitchen skills, start your day with the Ubud Food Festival team as they show you how to fine-tune the fundamentals of cooking.

Indonesian food bursts with rich flavors, and many dishes contain a generous amount of oil. But not all Indonesian fare should be off-putting for the health conscious. Arif Springs hails from West Java, home of Sundanese cuisine – perhaps the archipelago’s healthiest. He’ll prove raw renditions of Indonesian favorites can be tremendously tasty too.

Bumbu is the blend of spices and other ingredients forming the foundation of countless Indonesian dishes. From ginger, turmeric and galangal to coriander seeds and kaffir lime leaves, variations are endless. Could bumbu be incorporated into Western cuisine? Chef Reynaldo will demonstrate how to blend spices into Western dishes.

What’s Hiding in Your Food?

Charcuterie at Home with Matt McCool

Tempe with a Twist

26 October IDR 100,000

14:00–15:00 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

26 October IDR 100,000

15:30–16:30 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

27 October IDR 100,000

09:30–10:30 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

With: Lola Taylor

With: Matt McCool

With: Benny Santoso

Do you know what’s really in your food? Join naturopath Lola Taylor in this engaging, informative and practical workshop in which she’ll reveal the effects processed foods and additives can have on your health. Learn how to spot them, and then how to cut them out without sacrificing flavor.

Up in the jungles north of Ubud, Chef Matt McCool toils away in the kitchens of Capella whipping up almost everything from scratch – including their tempting charcuterie selection and artisanal sausages. Chef Matt will share his passion for salting, brining and sausage making so you can dabble in charcuterie at home.

Do you think you know all there is to know about Indonesia’s soybean superfood? Join Ubud’s Tempe Champion Benny Santoso to delve deeper into ‘Indonesia’s gift to the world’, and the many varieties possible. Mung bean tempe? Peanut tempe? How about black pea tempe? This is tempe with a twist.

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THE KITCHEN The KITCHEN

Arielle’s Cake Creations 27 October IDR 100,000

11:00–12:00 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

Modernizing Indonesian Cuisine 27 October IDR 100,000

12:30–13:30 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

Ayam Betutu with Janet DeNeefe 27 October IDR 100,000

14:00–15:00 The Kitchen at Taman Baca

With: Arielle Chenarra

With: Maxie Millian, Kieran Morland

With: Janet DeNeefe

Young entrepreneur Arielle Chenarra launched Thyme & Caramel, a glutenfree, organic and vegan cakery selling special occasion cakes, when she was just 13-years-old. Join Arielle as she shares her most treasured tips and tricks for mastering the art of baking and decorating decadent, divine cakes without traditional ingredients.

At Merah Putih and Sangsaka, Chefs Kieran and Maxie are always on the hunt for ways to modernize Indonesian cuisine, whether it’s interpreting a classic dish or innovating with lesser known ingredients to create something exciting. Join them as they share their passion and creative drive for Indonesian flavors and food.

Babi guling may be the king of Bali’s traditional dishes, but ayam betutu is swiftly becoming a rival. Utilizing local spices, gingers, nuts and seeds, join our Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe and the team from her Casa Luna Cooking School as they demonstrate how to prepare tender, delicate, delicious ayam betutu.

Coffee Conversation 28 October IDR 200,000

10:00–12:00 Seniman Coffee Studio

With: Rodney Glick and I Kadek Edi Indonesian single-origin beans are now among the world’s most coveted coffee, and a new publication is here to celebrate. Singalong explores Indonesia’s coffee scene: from people to politics, finances to sciences, crop to cup. Join the coffee conversation with the team from Seniman Industries, one of Indonesia’s leading specialty coffee brands.

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PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Aan Mansyur • Indonesia M Aan Mansyur works as a community librarian at Katakerja, a social and creative space in Makassar, and is the Makassar International Writers Festival program curator. He is the author of several volumes of poetry and prose. His poetry collection, Tidak Ada New York Hari Ini (There Is No New York Today), was a national bestseller.

FRINGE EVENTS

Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

The Festival doesn’t just bring the artistic village of Ubud to life – it also heads to Sanur, home to the island’s most progressive multi-arts space; brings you a book club in paradise; and shines a spotlight on the archipelago’s Indigenous music traditions.

25 October Threads of Life

17:30–18:30

Threads of Life are delighted to present Kahi Ata Ratu, the Queen of Sumbanese folk music, from East Sumba. As motifs appear to weavers, songs appear to Ata Ratu in her dreams. Her music is spontaneous and will speak of her journey to Bali, and of traditional textiles, culture and the land.

The Ubud Book Club 29 October Gayatri Ubud

16:00–17:30

Ubud Book Club is the only local monthly get-together for bibliophiles, and for its October session the featured book is Festival headliner Hanif Kureishi’s The Nothing. Relish its wicked humor, attend Hanif’s in-conversation on Day 2 of the Festival, then join fellow readers in the majestic grounds of Gayatri for a captivating literary conversation.

Peringatan Bulan Bahasa 2018 25 October 17:00–20:00 Bentara Budaya Bali With: Aan Mansyur, Agustinus Wibowo Memperingati Hari Sumpah Pemuda di tanggal 28 Oktober, LPM Suara Satwa Fakultas Kedokteran Hewan Universitas Udayana, menyelenggarakan kegiatan seperti talkshow, perlombaan film dan cipta puisi bagi mahasiswa. Acara ini untuk menjawab kerinduan pemuda pemudi Indonesia terhadap sastra.

SATELLITE PROGRAM As not all young Indonesian literature lovers can attend the Festival, each year we take the Festival to them. After the UWRF our free Satellite Program provides a valuable opportunity for local writers and readers to experience the magic of the UWRF, while introducing international writers to Indonesia’s rich cultural tapestry.

literary communities in Jakarta, Surabaya, Palangkaraya, Ambon and Ternate, in the Maluku Islands in East Indonesia.

In previous years we’ve traveled from Medan to Makassar, Padang to Palu. In 2018, the Festival will connect with

Supported by Embassy of the United States, Nusa Halmahera Minerals, UNESA, Bitread.

Visit our website for more information and to register your attendance.

Agustinus Wibowo is an Indonesian travel writer and travel photographer. His books include Selimut Debu (A Blanket of Dust, 2010), Garis Batas (Borderlines: A Journey through Central Asia, 2011), and TitikNol (Zero: When the Journey Takes You Home, 2013). Zero is being adapted into a film. Currently Agustinus is working on a nonfiction book on nationalism in the Malay Archipelago.

Ade Andreawan is Director of IDEP Foundation, a local NGO established in 1999 which builds community resilience using permaculture principles. As Community-Based Disaster Management Master Trainer, Ade has lots of experience helping rural Indonesian communities bounce back from natural disaster. He is currently developing a handbook for building community resilience.

Alistair Speirs • Scotland Insurance broker turned publisher turned PR turned advertising agent, Alistair Speirs is a Scot who has lived for 40 years in the East. A former rugby player now seen on the golf course, his passions are food, wine and culture, and his current obsession is sustainability. He was awarded the OBE in 2014 by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Supported by The British Council.

Andre Septiawan • Indonesia Born on the coast of West Sumatra, Andre Septiawan majors in English Literature at the University of Andalas in Padang. He began to explore the world of literature in high school and since then regularly writes poetry and short stories. Supported by his family environment and education, he is striving to become a full-time writer.

Anne Spudvilas • Australia Anne Spudvilas is an award-winning illustrator of picture books who also works as a painter and printmaker. Swan Lake is her first solo project after illustrating 14 books written by top Australian authors. Anne is also an award-winning portrait painter and has worked for Melbourne media as a courtroom artist.

Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Annee Lawrence • Australia Annee Lawrence has an interest in exploring crosscultural connection, and the way identity shape shifts in an unfamiliar place and culture. Her novel, The Colour of Things Unseen, is set in Sydney and Central Java and will be published in March 2019 by Aurora Metro Books. She works as a tutor in literary and cultural studies at Western Sydney University.

Anuradha Roy • India Anuradha Roy’s Sleeping on Jupiter won the DSC Prize for Fiction in 2016 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. Her new novel, All the Lives We Never Lived, has been published worldwide to great acclaim. All her books have been widely translated. She lives in the Indian Himalaya.

Supported by Asialink Arts through the Australia Indonesia Institute.

Apirana Taylor • New Zealand Apirana Taylor is a nationally and internationally published Maori poet, short story writer, storyteller, playwright, novelist, actor, musician and painter. He writes for children and the theatre, and is involved in acting and teaching drama. Apirana’s latest novel is Five Strings, published in 2017 by Anahera Press. He lives with his family, and writes by the sea in Paekakariki, New Zealand.

Aprila Wayar • Indonesia Jayapura-born senior journalist and Papua’s first female novelist, Aprila Waya has covered West Papua for eight years. Her novels Mawar Hitam Tanpa Akar and Dua Perempuan describe daily Papuan life, against a backdrop of gross human rights violations committed by the army and security apparatus. Her latest novel Sentuh Papua (2018) details the epic journey of a Dutch journalist undercover in Papua. Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

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Songs of Sumba Street Performance

Agustinus Wibowo • Indonesia

Ade Andreawan • Indonesia


PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Avara Yaron • USA Avara Yaron is an entrepreneur and an artist. A periodic shapeshifter, Avara has earned a film degree, a spiritual counseling license, and has explored life as a painter, filmmaker, jewelry and handbag designer, group facilitator, plant-based chef, and nutritional educator. Writing the Girl Submerged novels has happily taken over her life.

Balli Kaur Jaswal • Singapore

Avianti Armand • Indonesia Avianti Armand is an author, poet, curator, and architect. She led the Indonesian curatorial team at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in 2014. She received the Khatulistiwa Literary Award for her poetry collection Perempuan Yang Dihapus Namanya (Women Whose Names Were Erased) in 2011, and recently published her latest collection Museum Masa Kecil (Museum of Childhood).

Barbara Demick • USA Barbara Demick is currently New York bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, and the awardwinning author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea and Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood. She was a foreign correspondent for many years out of Berlin, Sarajevo, Jerusalem, Seoul and Beijing.

Cat Wheeler • Canada Cat has been living in and writing about Bali since 2000. Her books and articles chronicle with gentle wit the daily life and cultural perplexities that come with living in Ubud, and highlight the causes she espouses – social justice, food security, alternative healing, animal welfare and the environment.

Christine Bader • USA/Indonesia Christine Bader is the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil. Previously she was Director of Social Responsibility at Amazon, and worked for BP, including in Indonesia, from 2000 to 2003. Christine’s essay, “The Year I Learned to Quit”, was published in the New York Times in April.

Cath Drake • UK/Australia Cath has been published in anthologies and literary magazines in the UK, Australia and the US. Sleeping with Rivers won the 2013 UK Mslexia/Seren poetry pamphlet prize and was the Poetry Book Society Summer Choice 2014. She is writer in residence at The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer’s Centre in Australia in 2018. A poetry collection with Seren Books is forthcoming.

Cindy Saja • Indonesia Cindy Saja is a freelance illustrator. She completed the BPKLN Scholarship for the Master of Design program at the Bandung Institute of Technology in 2014. Cindy’s works appear in books such as Sokola Rimba by Butet Manurung, Cinta Miund by Asmara Wreksono, The Story of My Life by Andy Noya, and UltimateU Scrapbook by Rene Suhardono.

Supported by Embassy of the United States.

Budi Agung Kuswara • Indonesia Balinese artist Budi Agung Kuswara, aka Kabul, is a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, and has exhibited extensively internationally. He is Co-founder of Ketemu Project, an art collective social enterprise, and Co-founder of Rumah Berdaya Denpasar, a rehabilitation center for people living with schizophrenia. Kabul is the creator of the UWRF18 artwork.

Bustar Maitar • Indonesia Bustar Maitar develops social and eco enterprises to promote forest community products and marine ecotourism in Eastern Indonesia. He operates a 100% Indonesian liveaboard, the Kurabesi Explorer, and is active in the EcoNusa Indonesia Foundation, a non-profit supporting local organizations in Papua to generate youth leadership on social and environmental issues.

Clarissa Goenawan • Indonesia/Singapore Clarissa Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her debut novel, Rainbirds, was the winner of the Bath Novel Award for unpublished and self-published novelists. Her award-winning short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies in Singapore, Australia, the UK, and the US. Supported by Gramedia Pustaka Utama.

Butet Manurung • Indonesia Butet Manurung is an award-winning Indonesian anthropologist, educator, author and activist, who has dedicated her life to educating Indonesia’s Indigenous peoples. After leading the education program for an NGO in the Sumatran jungles, her work evolved into co-founding SOKOLA Institute, a non-profit providing education opportunities for marginalized people in remote Indonesia.

Carl Hoffman • USA Carl Hoffman is the author of The Last Wild Men of Borneo, which the Washington Post called “a work of remarkable empathy” and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan said is “the best book about the western hunger for eastern solace you’ll ever read.” Carl’s Savage Harvest was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Bestseller.

Clementine Ford • Australia Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She is a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life and a regular contributor to The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Clementine is the bestselling author of the feminist manifesto Fight Like A Girl, and, most recently, Boys Will Be Boys.

Supported by Green School and Mother Jungle.

Carlo Pizzati • India Carlo Pizzati is the author of two novels, three nonfiction books and a collection of short stories. He lives with his wife near a fishing village in India where he writes for national dailies La Stampa and The Hindu. He teaches communication theory at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai.

Clemantine Wamariya • USA Clemantine Wamariya’s bestselling memoir The Girl Who Smiled Beads describes her journey from idyllic childhood in Rwanda, to seeking refuge in eight African countries, to receiving refugee status in the US in 2000. A Yale University graduate, she has appeared on The Oprah Show four times and was appointed by President Obama to the board of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2016.

Daisuke Takeya • Japan/Canada Daisuke Takeya is a Toronto-Tokyo based interdisciplinary artist, curator, collector, art educator and community advocate. His practice explores nature and plausibility. He has conducted numerous art projects, travelling exhibits, and workshops designed to aid locals in the Tohoku region following the 3.11 earthquake and has worked with disaster-affected communities in Aceh. Supported by The Japan Foundation Asia Center.

Carma Citrawati • Indonesia Carma Citrawati is a lecturer in the Teaching and Education Faculty of Dwijendra University, Denpasar. She writes short stories and poems in Balinese, and her anthologies include SMarareka (2014), Dénpasar lan Don Pasar (2013) and Bali Angripta Rum (2015). In 2017 she received the Rancage Literature award for her book Kutang Sayang Gemel Madui. Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Darmawati Majid • Indonesia Born in Bone, South Sulawesi, Darmawati Majid is the mother of four children and an employee in the Gorontalo government office. She has had several essays published in the anthology MASTERA (2009), and poetry published in the anthology Kaki Waktu (Feet of Time) (2011). Darmawati published Nasu Likku dan Sajian Cerita Lainnya (Nasu Likku and Other Stories) in 2017.

Darryl Whetter • Canada Darryl Whetter is the author of three books of fiction and two poetry collections. His novels are the bicycle odyssey The Push & the Pull and the multigenerational smuggling epic Keeping Things Whole. A Canadian, he is the inaugural director of the new MA Creative Writing at LASALLE in Singapore.

Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

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Balli Kaur Jaswal is the author of Inheritance, Sugarbread and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. Her writing has appeared in the UK Sunday Express, Cosmopolitan, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Best Australian Short Stories. Jaswal lives in Singapore, where she is working towards a PhD in Creative Writing, and completing her next novel.

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PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET David Sly • Australia With an appetite for the great things in life, freelance writer David Sly pursues stories that explore the vast domains of food, wine and tourism. In addition to publishing widely in Australian and international publications, David is a lecturer and has written the course in Journalism for Flinders University in South Australia.

PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Debra Yatim • Indonesia Debra Yatim is an activist, journalist, columnist and documentary filmmaker and founder of three NGOs in Indonesia. She has published five poetry collections, and written a cycle of one-woman plays about polygamy. Driven by compassion and a proud sense of justice, Debra is an advocate for human rights and the rights of minority groups.

Emmanuela Shinta • Indonesia Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, filmmaker and writer whose work is widely known in the Asia Pacific for leading the youth movement to voice Indigenous rights. She is the Founder of Ranu Welum Foundation, ALIVE Global Ministry, Youth Act Center and EL Creative Productions. Her titles include DANUM Magazine, Enlightened (2016) and Me, Modernism and My Indigenous Roots (2018).

Emte • Indonesia Mohammad Taufiq, aka Emte, is an illustrator and graphic designer exploring various mediums. He has created many book cover illustrations and layouts for books, magazines and other print media. Emte’s works have been exhibited in galleries including Platform3 Bandung, Edwin’s Gallery Jakarta, and Goethe Haus Jakarta, and he participated in the Unknown Asia Art Exchange in Osaka, Japan. Supported by Gramedia Pustaka Utama.

Dee Lestari • Indonesia

Devy Kamil Syahbana • Indonesia Devy Kamil Syahbana has a PhD in Volcanic Seismology from Université libre de Bruxelles, and is Head of the Eastern Indonesia Volcanic Disaster Mitigation Subdivision at the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation. He is the creator of MAGMA Indonesia, an application presenting geological disaster-related information and recommendations.

Djenar Maesa Ayu • Indonesia Djenar Maesa Ayu has published seven short story collections and a novel, Nayla. She is also an actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. Her fourth film hUSh, a collaboration with Singaporean filmmaker Kan Lume, was nominated for Best Asian Feature Film at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016. Djenar recently won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Hanung Bramantyo’s Kartini.

Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Ruin, is an Australian and Irish bestseller and has been published in the US, the UK, Ireland and Germany. Hopscotch Features has optioned the film rights. Dervla was born in Ireland. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children.

Endy Bayuni • Indonesia A 34-year journalism veteran, Endy Bayuni is now Senior Editor at The Jakarta Post. During his early years he was Indonesian correspondent for Reuters and Agence France-Presse. A regular commentator on Indonesian politics and its foreign policy, he has written opinion pieces for global publications. Endy is the Founder of The Jakarta Post Writing Center.

Supported by writingWA.

Supported by The Jakarta Post Writing Center.

Dina Zaman • Malaysia

Febriana Firdaus • Indonesia

Dina Zaman has been writing about religion in public life for over a decade. She has published three books: I Am Muslim (Silverfish Books, 2007), The King of The Sea (Silverfish Books, 2012) and Holy Men, Holy Women (Gerakbudaya, 2017). She was a columnist for most of the English language newspapers and media portals in Malaysia.

Doni Marmer • Indonesia As community facilitator at local NGO IDEP Foundation, Doni Marmer designs community development programs. Wherever IDEP uses permaculture principles he witnesses rural and small island communities claim back their food security. Doni is also a poet and Co-founder of the quarterly community-based poetry project Unspoken, encouraging poets to speak their unspoken ideas.

Febriana Firdaus is an independent investigative journalist. She covers a variety of issues, and for the past two years focused on Papua and assisting the curation of Suara Papua’s newsletter. Febriana has been published in Tempo, Rappler, TIME, Vice Indonesia, BBC Indonesia, Jakarta Post, New Naratif, Mongabay, and New Internationalist. She is New Naratif’s consulting editor for Jakarta and Papua.

Ferenc Barnás • Hungary Ferenc Barnás was born in 1959. His novels have been translated into several languages, including English, German, French and Indonesian, and he has received three of Hungary’s highest literary honors. His third novel The Ninth was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award (USA) and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Eliza Vitri Handayani is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest novel is From Now On Everything Will Be Different (Vagabond Press, 2015). She is also Founder and Director of House of the Unsilenced, an art project that brings together artists, writers, and sexual assault survivors to create new works on what it means to speak up.

Eloise Grills • Australia Geelong-born Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer and comics artist, photographer and poet, interested in the spot in the Venn diagram where written and visual cultures and having too many feelings intersect. Her debut comics chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses, will be published by Glom Press later this year. Supported by Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up between Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of five books, including her memoir Songs of Blood and Sword (2010), and most recently The Runaways. Her debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon was longlisted for the 2014 Women’s Prize and won France’s Prix de la Romanciere that same year.

Feby Indirani • Indonesia Feby Indirani is an author and a journalist whose works mostly focus on women and minority groups. Her short story collection Bukan Perawan Maria (Not Virgin Mary) (2017) has been translated into English and praised for its humorous, critical, yet empathetic approach to the Islamic world. It has been profiled by national and international media like The Australian, BBC, and Deutsch Welle.

Gabriela Ybarra • Spain Gabriela Ybarra was born in Bilbao in 1983. The Dinner Guest is her first novel and was published to critical acclaim in Spain, where it won the Euskadi Literature Prize. In 2018, the book was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Gabriela currently lives in Madrid where she writes and works in social media analysis. Supported by the Embassy of Spain in Indonesia.

Supported by Gramedia Pustaka Utama.

Eliza Vitri Handayani • Indonesia

Fatima Bhutto • Pakistan

Gail Jones • Australia Gail Jones is the author of two short story collections and seven novels, most recently The Death of Noah Glass (2018). Her fiction has won several literary awards and is widely translated. She has worked in Europe, Asia and America and is currently based at Western Sydney University. Supported by Mud Literary Club.

Garin Nugroho • Indonesia Award-winning Indonesian director Garin Nugroho made his debut with 1991’s Cinta Dalam Sepotong Roti (Love in a Slice of Bread). His awards include Asia Pacific Film Festival’s Best Young Director, and Berlin International Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Jury Award. His latest film, Setan Jawa, premiered at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts Opening Night in Melbourne last year.

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Dewi Lestari, popularly known by her pen name Dee Lestari, is one of the frontrunners of Indonesia’s modern book scene. Dee initiated her career in the music industry as a singer and songwriter. As an author, she has published nine books, including the hugely popular Supernova series. Her latest book, Aroma Karsa, was released earlier this year.

Dervla McTiernan • Australia/Ireland


PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Geoff Dyer • UK

Geoffrey Williams • Australia A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction. He is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into 24 languages.

Supported by Windham-Campbell Prizes.

Ghayath Almadhoun • Palestine/Syria/Sweden Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet who has lived in Stockholm since 2008. He has written four Arabic poetry books, the most recent of which is Adrenaline (2017). He has two collections published in Swedish, Asylansökan (Ersatz) (2010), and a collaboration with Swedish poet Marie Silkeberg, Till Damaskus (2014). His work has been translated into 14 languages.

Geoffrey Williams graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts in 1975. He was Cultural Manager for the City of Sydney during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, spent four years on the board of Sydney Writers Festival, was General Manager of the Australian Film Institute, and Executive Producer of Chambermade Opera. He now lives in Ubud.

Gillian Triggs • Australia Professor Gillian Triggs served as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to 2017. She has held many significant academic positions, including Director of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. She is currently a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Justice Connect.

I Gde Pitana • Indonesia I Gede Pitana is the Indonesian Tourism Ministry’s Deputy Minister for International Marketing and former Director of Bali Tourism Authority. Receiving his PhD at the Australian National University, he has served as Professor of Tourism at Udayana University’s postgraduate/doctoral program since 2001. He has also published several books.

Innosanto Nagara • USA/Indonesia Innosanto Nagara is a children’s author, activist, and graphic designer. He is the author of the bestselling alphabet book A is for Activist as well as Counting on Community, My Night in the Planetarium, and The Wedding Portrait. Innosanto was a graphic designer for a range of social change organizations before founding the Design Action Collective, a workerowned cooperative design studio in California.

I Wayan Juniarta • Indonesia I Wayan Juniarta is a journalist who finds solace in crafting essays after a tragically failed attempt at poetry. His first and probably last book, BungklangBungkling, records the hilarity and ludicrousness of Balinese men. When he’s not writing, he can be found pedaling towards the island’s most serene spots while composing bite-size koans, which you can seek with the hashtag #cyclingwithbuddha.

Isobelle Carmody • Australia Isobelle Carmody is a well-known Australian author who has written for children and adults and has a host of award-winning novels to her credit. She began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a journalism cadetship.

Supported by the Embassy of the United States.

Giuseppe Catozzella • Italy One of Italy’s most popular contemporary writers, Giuseppe Catozzella has published across multiple literary genres, including plays, short stories and novels. His novel Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid, dealing with the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, sold more than half a million copies in 40 countries and won the prestigious Premio Strega Giovani. Supported by the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute, Jakarta.

Gurmehar Kaur • India Gurmehar Kaur’s Small Acts of Freedom (Penguin Random House India) is a personal family history. A social activist, she is Co-founder of Citizens for Public Leadership, a nonpartisan movement focused on advocating for progressive public policy in India, and an ambassador of Postcards for Peace, a non-profit organization. Gurmehar studies English literature at Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Hanif Kureishi • UK Hanif Kureishi’s novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and Le Week-End. Hanif is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and his work has been translated into 36 languages.

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Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas • Indonesia Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas has written two collections of poetry, Kota Ini Kembang Api and Non-Spesifik, both published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama. Her collection of personal essays, Familiar Messes and Other Essays, was published by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. She received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry.

Haidar Bagir • Indonesia Haidar Bagir is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, lecturer, and President Director of the Mizan Group. His latest book is Islam: The Faith of Love and Happiness (Kube Publishing). Mizan is one of Indonesia’s largest publishing houses, and has received several awards for its film productions including Laskar Pelangi, Garuda di Dadaku, and 3 Hati 2 Dunia 1 Cinta.

Hera Diani • Indonesia Hera Diani is Co-founder and managing editor of feminist webmagazine Magdalene.co. She has 18 years of journalism experience and her writing has appeared in The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globe, South China Morning Post and Foreign Policy, among others. Her graphic memoir 38 and Pregnant was published in July 2018. She lives in Jakarta with her 2.5-year-old son.

Ivan Lanin • Indonesia Ivan Lanin is an Indonesian language expert who received the Online Indonesian Language Reviewer Award from the Ministry of Education and Culture. A member of the Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (Major Indonesian Dictionary) drafting team, he campaigns for correct Indonesian language through digital media, with the hope that the nation’s current generation is more active in using Indonesian.

Janet DeNeefe • Australia/Indonesia Melbourne-born Janet DeNeefe, Founder & Director of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Ubud Food Festival, has lived in Bali for more than three decades. Her latest book is Bali: Food of My Island Home, following her memoir Fragrant Rice. She is also the owner of Casa Luna, Indus Restaurant, and Honeymoon Guesthouse and Bakery in Ubud.

Jango Pramartha • Indonesia Jango Pramartha graduated from Udayana University, then continued his studies at the University of Western Australia. He is the creator of Bog-bog Magazine, a successful cartoon magazine exploring the most important issues in Balinese life. From 2005-2010, Jango was Chair of the Indonesian Cartoonist Association. He is a lecturer at the Indonesian Institute of Arts, Denpasar.

Jane Caro • Australia Jane Caro is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She has published 11 books, including the novels Just a Girl, Just a Queen, and Just Flesh and Blood, a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, as well as her memoir, Plain Speaking Jane. Supported by the The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Unisa.

Janet Steele • USA/Indonesia Janet Steele is an Associate Professor of Media and Public affairs at the George Washington University, where she teaches narrative journalism. She believes academic writing doesn’t have to be dull, and her most recent book, Mediating Islam: Cosmopolitan Journalisms in Muslim Southeast Asia, focuses on journalism, Islam, and democracy. She divides her time between Jakarta and Washington, DC.

Jay Griffiths • UK Jay Griffiths is an award-winning writer influenced by Indigenous cultures. She has written on the politics of time (Pip Pip); the importance of wildness (Wild); the natural world in childhood (Kith) and manic depression (Tristimania). Her novel, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon, is partly about Frida Kahlo.

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PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Jean Couteau • Indonesia Jean Couteau publishes extensively on a variety of genres and topics in French, English and Indonesian. He writes art books, books and columns on Balinese culture, and is best known in Indonesia for his regular columns in the Sunday edition of Kompas. His new book Myth, Magic and Mystery in Bali (Phoenix Publications) was published in early 2018.

Jessie Cole • Australia

Jesse Oliver • Australia Jesse Oliver is a Perth-based slam poet who wields his poetry like an end of times sign. He delivers a conversational style, exploring issues in fantastical themes like aliens, dreams and mythology. In 2017, Jesse was crowned the Word Travels Australian Poetry Slam Champion in the Adult category.

Jewel Topsfield • Australia Jewel Topsfield was the Indonesia correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age from 2015 to 2018. She has won multiple awards, including a Walkley for international journalism and the Lowy Institute Media Award, which recognizes journalists who have deepened and enriched the discussion of global issues in Australia.

Kamau Abayomi • USA/Indonesia For the last 15 years Kamau Abayomi has lived in Asia, performing and teaching as a poet, choreographer, performance arts curator, and DJ. His art and workshops focus deeply on expanding spiritual awareness, mystical connections, and soul purpose. Kamau is also a two-time winner of the UWRF Poetry Slam.

Kamin Mohammadi • Iran/UK Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran in 1969 and exiled to the UK in 1979. An experienced journalist, travel writer and broadcaster, she has written for the British and international press. Her books include The Cypress Tree (2011) and Bella Figura (2018), which has sold in 11 countries so far. Kamin presents the BBC Radio 4 program Four Thought.

Kamila Andini • Indonesia Kamila Andini’s first feature film The Mirror Never Lies screened at over 30 festivals globally, and received several awards. Her second feature Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017. It received Best Youth Feature Film at Asia Pacific Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at Tokyo Filmex, Generation Kplus Grand Prix at Berlinale, and several other awards.

Kate Evans • Australia Kate Evans presents and produces The Bookshelf on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National (ABC RN), co-hosted with Cassie McCullagh. The Bookshelf is a weekly radio program and podcast, focusing on fiction. Kate has a PhD in history and too many books, neither of which she regrets.

Supported by MUD Literary Club.

Jill Stark • Australia/Scotland Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist and author of the memoirs Happy Never After and High Sobriety, which was shortlisted in the Kibble Literary Awards and longlisted in the Walkley Book of the Year Awards. She spent ten years as a senior writer and columnist at The Age in Melbourne and now works as a freelance writer, journalism lecturer and media consultant.

Joshua Pomare • Australia/New Zealand Joshua Pomare is a New Zealand author and podcast producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Joshua hosts the writing podcast On Writing, interviewing authors from around the world about their process. His short fiction and reviews have been widely published in literary magazines and newspapers. His debut novel, Call Me Evie, will be released in early 2019. Supported by Emerging Writers’ Festival

Julia Prendergast • Australia The Earth Does Not Get Fat is Julia’s debut novel, published by UWA Publishing (2018). The story is about silver linings, light in shade. Julia’s recent short stories are included in Australian Short Stories 66, Pascoe Publishing (2018). Julia is a Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Swinburne University, Melbourne.

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José Luís Peixoto • Portugal José Luís Peixoto is one of Portugal’s most acclaimed and bestselling contemporary novelists. He has a vast work in fiction and poetry and has received several Portuguese and international literary awards, such as the José Saramago Literary Award. His novels are translated in 26 languages. Supported by the Embassy of Portugal and Instituto Camoes

Julia Lawrinson • Australia Julia Lawrinson is an Australian writer who has written more than a dozen books for children and young adults, many of them award-winning. Her latest novel for young adults is Before You Forget (Penguin 2017). She writes about friendship, family and the occasional Jack Russell. She loves the ocean, reading, and the word serendipity.

Ketut Yuliarsa • Indonesia Ketut Yuliarsa has worked as a writer, actor and musician in Indonesia and Australia. He’s published two poetry collections and is the advisor to the Bali Provincial Government Literary Program. He and his wife Anita established Ubud’s first bookshop, Ganesha Bookshop, in 1986, and in 2004 the Books For Bali Project, to foster literacy through the donation of books to schools and libraries.

Balinese writer Kadek Sonia Piscayanti has published several books, most recently a poetry collection Burning Hair. A theatre director, she manages Mahima Community, and established independent publisher Mahima Institute Indonesia to develop literacy among young writers. In 2018 she received a Ford Foundation grant for her project 11 Ibu 11 Panggung 11 Kisah (11 Mothers 11 Stages 11 Stories).

Kim Scott’s Benang (1999) was the first novel by an Indigenous writer to win the Miles Franklin Award. That Deadman Dance (2010) also won Australia’s premier literary prize, among many others. Proud to be among those who call themselves Noongar, Kim is Founder and Chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project. His latest novel Taboo was shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin. Supported by writingWA.

Kim Toft • Australia Kim Michelle Toft’s passion for the ocean and coastal habitats are at the core of her award-winning children’s books. Kim is considered one of the world’s foremost silk artists and has been a full time exhibiting artist for more than 30 years. Her latest book, Coral Sea Dreaming, was shortlisted in The Australian Wilderness Society Awards 2018.

Supported by WritingWA.

Kadek Sonia Piscayanti • Indonesia

Kim Scott • Australia

Kris Da Somerpes • Indonesia Art and literary activist Kris Da Somerpes lives in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai Province, on the island of Flores. In 2010 Kris founded Flores Sastra, an online medium intended as a space for learning, sharing knowledge, and building networks for writers in Flores and East Nusa Tenggara. Kris has also published several books and anthologies.

Kirsti Melville • Australia Kirsti Melville is an award-winning documentary producer and presenter of ABC Radio National’s Earshot and The History Listen. Her work focuses on human rights and social justice. When she’s not busy telling other people’s stories, you’ll find her reading them. She’s addicted to understanding the complexities of human relationships and adding to the overflowing pile of books beside her bed.

Leila S. Chudori • Indonesia Leila S.Chudori has written short stories since a young age. Her second novel Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) has been adapted into a short film by Pritagita Arianegara, produced by Dian Sastrowardoyo Foundation and Cineria Films. The novel and film have been discussed and screened at many campuses and art centers across Indonesia.

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Jessie Cole is the author of two novels, Darkness on the Edge of Town and Deeper Water. Her new memoir, Staying, is about the importance of home, family and forgiveness – and finding peace in a place of pain. Tim Winton described Staying as “a wounded, lovely, luminous book about grief, trauma and the strange healing potential of words”.

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PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Lisa Siregar • Indonesia Before joining Jakarta Globe, Lisa Siregar worked as a social researcher for Kompas Litbang, LIPI and Ford Foundation. She has written about film and advertising for various publications. Lisa now runs the Jakarta Globe features desk, which covers a wide range of topics from arts, culture, and education to women’s issues. She is also actively involved in film and traditional dance communities in Jakarta.

PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Marty Natalegawa • Indonesia Marty Natalegawa was Indonesia’s Foreign Minister from 2009-2014, capping decades of diplomatic service, including as Ambassador to the United Nations and President of the Security Council. He is currently serving as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Mediation. His book Does ASEAN Matter: A View From Within was published by ISEAS Publishing this year.

Ninda Daianti • Indonesia Ninda Daianti published her first novel, My Other Life, when she was 18. She continued to pursue her love of writing and received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, USA, in 2011. At The Jakarta Post Writing Center, Ninda teaches writing workshops, including Writing Fundamentals, Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Memoir Writing.

Noor Huda Ismail • Indonesia Founder of the Institute for International Peace Building, Noor Huda Ismail’s interest in violent extremism started when a former roommate became one of the perpetrators of the first Bali bombing. He focuses on rehabilitation of former terrorist inmates through social entrepreneurship. He is completing a PhD in International Relations and Politics at Monash University.

Supported by The Jakarta Post Writing Center.

Mark Lynas • UK

Maeena Kumari Adnani • Indonesia/Singapore/UK Meena Kumari Adnani is a corporate executive, inspirational writer and motivational speaker. Under her brand name, strongandshine, she writes about motivation, perseverance, strength and happiness to inspire women and young people all over the world to tap into their potential and achieve their goals.

Norman Ince has taught English for over 25 years in Indonesia, most recently at Jakarta Intercultural School. He has cultivated a strong interest in Indonesian literature and language. Norman has led workshops for Bahasa Indonesia teachers to develop creative writing activities, published a tribute to Pramoedya Ananta Toer in The Jakarta Post, and translated Fira Basuki’s Jendela-Jendela. Supported by Jakarta Intercultural School.

Michael Kelleher • USA Michael Kelleher is an American poet and the Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University. He is the former Artistic Director of Just Buffalo Literary Center, where he founded Babel, an international author series for which he conducted on-stage interviews with writers such as Orhan Pamuk, V.S. Naipaul, and Zadie Smith.

Michael Williams • Australia Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. Previous host of ABC Radio National’s Blueprint for Living, he now hosts Talkfest and is a regular guest on other ABC Radio programs and TV. He has written extensively for the Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and other publications.

Michael Vatikiotis • Singapore/UK Michael Vatikiotis is a Singapore-based writer and journalist. He is the Asia Regional Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based private foundation that facilitates dialogue to resolve armed conflicts. He has written two novels set in Indonesia and his new book Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia was published in June 2017.

Modesta Wisa • Indonesia Modesta Wisa, a young Dayak from Manjalin, West Borneo, is the Founder of Sekolah Adat Samabue. After completing her Diploma in Environmental Health Science, instead of pursuing a career in the city, she chose to return to her village so she could work with young people, women, and traditional communities to preserve nature, culture, and the traditions of their ancestors.

Nuril Basri • Indonesia Nuril Basri’s writing spans bildungsroman, drama, adventure, and comedy. Some of his works have been translated into English and Malaysian. His works include Halo, Aku Dalam Novel (2009), My Favorite Goodbye (2015), Enak (2016), Sunyi (2017), and Not a Virgin (2017). Nuril was awarded a grant by the National Book Committee of Indonesia to complete a residency in the UK in 2017.

Poonam Sagar • India Poonam Sagar is an Indonesia-based IT entrepreneur, consultant, and mentor. She is Coowner of Infotech, which focuses on niche broadcast media software, and Founder of information hub for Indians in Indonesia, indoindians.com. She is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad, with post graduate degrees in science, business and technology.

Supported by Green School and Mother Jungle.

Ndaba Mandela • South Africa Ndaba Mandela is the grandson of Nelson Mandela. He is the Co-founder and Co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world, and to increase its potential for growth in the areas of education, employment and international corporate alliances. Going to the Mountain is his first book.

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Ngurah Paramartha • Indonesia From Singaraja in North Bali, Ngurah Paramartha is the Founder of the Borobodur Writers & Cultural Festival. His previous roles include Regional Director of Panorama Travel, and Vice President of Marketing at the Borobodur, Prambananan and Ratu Boko Temples Tourism Park. His current post is Managing Partner of Asian Adventure Travel.

Prof. I Made Bandem • Indonesia I Made Bandem is one of his generation’s most important Balinese cultural figures. A scholar, dancer and author of educational guidebooks on Balinese dance and music, he has received the UNESCO Music Council Award, the Habibie Award and the Koizumi Fumio Prize. Made is involved with various arts and cultural events, and develops educational resources for the Widya Dharma Shanti Foundation.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu • Indonesia Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian author based in Jakarta. Tiffany Tsao’s English translation of his first book of poems Sergius Seeks Bacchus is forthcoming in the UK with Tilted Axis Press. The book won a PEN Translates Award in 2018. In 2017, Norman received a Young Author Award from the Southeast Asia Literary Council. Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Nyoman Nuarta • Indonesia From Tabanan, Bali, Nyoman Nuarta is a renowned sculptor and one of the pioneers of Indonesia’s New Art Movement in 1976. His most famous works include Surabaya’s Jalasveva Jayamahe monument, Jakarta’s Proklamasi Indonesia monument, and Bali’s Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, the nation’s tallest. Nyoman is also the developer of the Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.

Pratiwi Juliani • Indonesia Pratiwi Juliani was born in South Kalimantan in 1991. She has long been active in collecting and distributing books to those in need, as a form of her love for literature and passion for instilling the importance of reading in children and women in remote areas of Indonesia. Pratiwi also runs Jules Bookstore in Rantau, South Kalimantan. Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Putu Fajar Arcana • Indonesia Putu Fajar Arcana from Negara, West Bali, is an editor for Kompas Minggu, part of Harian Kompas in Jakarta. He established the Kelas Cerpen Kompas (the Kompas Short Story Class). His writing was included in the book Monolog Politik (2014). Putu Fajar also directed the monologue Wakil Rakyat yang Terhormat (2015) and Perempuan Dangdut (2016).

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Mark Lynas is a writer, commentator and lecturer on environmental and popular science themes, including climate change, genetic engineering and nuclear power. He has appeared on the BBC and CNN, and writes for the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and numerous others. His books include Six Degrees (2007), The God Species (2011) and Seeds of Science (2018).

Norman Ince • Canada/Indonesia


PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Que Mai Nguyen Phan • Vietnam Author of eight books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, Nguyen Phan Que Mai received the Hanoi Writers Association’s Poetry of the Year 2010 Award. Her poetry collection The Secret of Hoa Sen (BOA Editions, New York) was honored with a Lannan translation award. Her debut novel in English, tentatively titled The Mountains Sing, is forthcoming with Algonquin Books in 2019.

PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Rain Chudori • Indonesia Rain Chudori is writer, filmmaker, and Founder and curator of Comma Books, a publishing initiative under Penerbit KPG. Her books Monsoon Tiger And Other Stories and Imaginary City were published by Penerbit KPG. She has written for The Jakarta Post, Tempo, Komunitas Salihara, and other publications. She is represented by Kin Management and Borobudur Literary Agency.

Ross Tapsell • Australia Ross Tapsell is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, specializing in media and culture in Southeast Asia. He is the author of Media Power in Indonesia: Oligarchs, Citizens and the Digital Revolution and co-editor of Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence.

Rebecca Henschke is the BBC’s Indonesian Editor. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has reported from Asia for more than a decade, and was previously with KBR and Tempo. She is the only foreign journalist to win an Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists media award for her work reporting on religious tensions, environmental degradation and human rights.

Rudi Fofid • Indonesia As well as working as a journalist since 1989, Rudi Fofid writes children’s stories, plays, and poetry. He founded Maluku Literary Workshop in 2009, and received the Maarif Award for his efforts to bring peace through literature and journalism in 2016. Rudi was a participant in Holland Festival 2017 in Amsterdam.

Rukmini Toheke • Indonesia Rukmini Toheke was born in Ngata Toro, Central Sulawesi, when laws were determined by the government without involving Indigenous people and women. Since 1994, Rukmini has been fighting for women in her village to be involved in decisionmaking processes. In 2001, she established Ngata Toro Indigenous Women’s Organization to revitalize and strengthen women’s roles. Supported by Green School and Mother Jungle.

Reni Nuryanti • Indonesia Reny Nuryanti teaches History at Samudra University in Aceh, and writes history books and short stories about Sukarno or women in conflict areas. She was named Best Young Researcher by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in 2008, and received an art and literature award from Gadjah Mada University for her short story Kedasih di Kepala Kang Parno in 2015.

Reni Eddo-Lodge • UK Reni Eddo-Lodge is a London-based, awardwinning journalist. She has written for the New York Times, the Voice, Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent, Stylist, Dazed and Confused, and the New Humanist. Her first book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, received numerous awards including the 2018 Jhalak Prize and Foyles’ Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Sapardi Djoko Damono • Indonesia Sapardi Djoko Damono is one of Indonesia’s most prolific and beloved poets. His 50 books span poetry, fiction, nonfiction and essays. His works have been translated into 13 languages and inspired several musical compositions and films. Sapardi has received awards from the University of Indonesia, Jakarta Academy, Habibie Foundation, and Southeast Asian Literature Assembly.

Richard Oh is a novelist and film director. His fifth film, Love is a Bird, is screening at UWRF18. His previous films are Koper (The Lost Suitcase) (2006), the trilogy of ‘geometric cinema’ Description Without Place (2011), Melancholy is a Movement (2015), and Terpana (Transfixed) (2016). His adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Perburuan (The Fugitive) will be released in 2019.

Previously a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences and a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Creative Industries Centre of Expertise, Sanne Van Oort is now Green School Bali’s Teacher Development and Well-Being Manager. She is the Founder of Mother Jungle, empowering Indigenous mothers to preserve storytelling traditions for cultural and environmental conservation. Supported by Green School and Mother Jungle.

Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Richard Oh • Indonesia

Sanne Van Oort • Netherlands

Rio Helmi • Indonesia Rio Helmi has been photographing and writing about Asia for various media since 1978. For the last year Rio has been documenting and writing about Gunung Agung for his blog series “News from Under the Volcano” on ubudnowandthen.com, as well as working as a volunteer for disaster mitigation. He is also working on the TV series Swadaya about grassroots self-reliance in Indonesia.

Saras Dewi • Indonesia Saras Dewi is a Balinese poet, activist and academic. She is a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, teaching themes including Ecofeminism, Ecological Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Literature and Phenomenology. Her latest publications are her environmental theory, Ekofenomenologi (Ecophenomenology), and anthology of poems, Kekasih Teluk (Bay Lover).

Sergius Sutanto • Indonesia Sergius Sutanto is an author and filmmaker who lives in Jakarta. His novels include Hatta: Aku Datang Karena Sejarah, Mangun: Sebuah Novel, and Chairil: Ini Kali Tak Ada Yang Mencari Cinta. Sergius was one of the scholarship recipients of the National Book Committee and Ministry of Education and Culture’s Writer Residency Program in 2018.

Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Rosemarie Milsom • Australia Rosemarie Milsom is the Founding Director of the Newcastle Writers Festival and an award-winning journalist. She has been a section editor at The Sun Herald and features editor at Sunday Life magazine. Her work has also been published in the Weekend Australian, Vogue Australia and Qantas’ Spirit magazine.

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Rosemary Sayer • Australia Rosemary Sayer is a writer, business communications consultant and former journalist. Her third book More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees was published in 2015. She has previously written two biographies. Rosemary lectures and tutors in human rights and writing at Curtin University where she is completing her PhD about refugee life stories and human rights.

Shelley Kenigsberg • Australia Shelley is a freelance writer and editor fortunate enough to run writing and editing retreats in paradisiacal places. The retreats provide support to begin, develop and complete manuscripts of all genres. She mentors privately, through the Australian Society of Authors, Byron Writers Festival and monthly writing salons, and teaches at the Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing.

Shrabani Basu • UK Shrabani Basu is a London-based journalist and bestselling author. Her books include For King and Another Country; Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant; Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan; and Curry, The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish. Victoria & Abdul has been made into a major film starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.

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Rani Pramesti is a performance maker, intercultural producer and advocate for the arts. She revels in the interface between social justice and the arts. Throughout 2017-2018, Rani has been leading an Indonesian-Australian team to create a bilingual, digital graphic novel, Chinese Whispers. Chinese Whispers will be launching in English at the 2018 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

Rebecca Henschke • Australia/Indonesia

Born in Rembang, East Java, Rosyid H. Dimas is currently studying at the State Islamic University Kalijaga Yogyakarta, majoring in Arabic Language Education. A writer of short stories and poems, he is a member of the literary communities Klub Buku Yogyakarta and Rumpun Nektar. Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Supported by the Indonesian Writers Patron Program.

Rani Pramesti • Indonesia/Australia

Rosyid H. Dimas • Yogyakarta


PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Sidney Jones • Indonesia Sidney Jones is Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, a non-governmental think tank in Jakarta. She has worked in Indonesia from 1977-81 and from 2002-2018, and has previously worked at Ford Foundation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group. She is a recognized authority on violent extremism, insurgencies and ethnic conflict in Southeast Asia.

Step Vaessen • Netherlands

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Step Vaessen is a senior correspondent based in Jakarta for the past 20 years. Since 2006 she has been an Indonesia correspondent for Al Jazeera English. In thousands of reports she’s covered topics including the fall of Suharto, Timor-Leste’s independence struggle, and religious, political and ethnic violence. In 2001 she published her book Jihad with Sambal.

Susi Pudjiastuti • Indonesia Susi Pudjiastuti is serving as Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet for 2014-2019. An entrepreneur, Susi owns a fishery export company, PT ASI Pudjiastuti, and aviation company, PT ASI Pudjiastuti Aviation. Her persistence in eradicating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) in Indonesia has garnered national and international recognition.

Sofija Stefanovic • USA/Australia Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller in New York. Her memoir, MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA is a funny and dark story about immigration. She hosts This Alien Nation, a celebration of immigration. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and has written for the New York Times among others.

Sukutangan • Indonesia Sukutangan, which can be loosely translated from Indonesian as ‘a tribe of hands’, is Genta Shimaoka and Sekar Wulandari Yogaster – a couple based in Bali who love books so much they make a living by designing book covers and illustrating them. Several of their works were awarded Bronze in the Pinasthika Award in 2017.

Tania Canas • El Salvador/Australia Tania Canas is Arts Director of RISE, Australia’s first refugee and asylum seeker organization run by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees. She is on the Editorial Board of the international Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal, and was Guest Curator of the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam. She is currently writer in residence at the Malthouse Theatre. Supported by Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Theodora Sarah Abigail • Indonesia

Tariq Khalil • UK Tariq Khalil has lived and worked in Jakarta for the last ten years taking whatever opportunity has come his way to make Retronesia, the first photobook on Indonesia’s unique take on 1950s architecture. His work has been featured in Tempo, Kompas, Indonesia Observer, BBC, Vice, New Mandala, Brava Casa and Indonesia Design.

Tiffany Tsao • Australia/Indonesia Tiffany Tsao is the author of novels Under Your Wings, The Oddfits, and The More Known World. Her translations from Indonesian to English include novels by Dee Lestari and Laksmi Pamuntjak, and poetry by Norman Erikson Pasaribu. She received her PhD in English from UC-Berkeley and now lives in Sydney.

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Theodora Sarah Abigail is a poet, essayist, and young mother. As one of Indonesia’s ‘third culture’ writers, she primarily writes in English. In The Hands Of a Mischievous God, her bestselling debut collection of English-language essays, was published in December 2017. She is known for her personal narrative essays, several of which have been published by major feminist publications.

Tishani Doshi • India/Wales Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet, novelist and dancer. Her most recent book, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, a Poetry Book Society summer recommendation, is a powerful collection of poems, which deal with coastal living, gender violence, memory, happiness, ageing, and what the point of poetry might be. She lives in Tamil Nadu.

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PEOPLE YOU’ LL MEET Tom Owen Edmunds • UK Tom Owen Edmunds heads the Climate Change Unit at the British Embassy Jakarta. His previous posts include Lahore and Colombo. Once described by the British Journal of Photography as “one of the world’s leading travel photographers”, he has shot assignments in over 100 countries, published books on Bhutan and Mexico, and photographed the BBC’s Great Journeys publications.

Uphie Abdurrahman • Indonesia

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A seasoned cultural programmer at the US Embassy Jakarta, Uphie Abdurrahman translates and interprets professionally, and scribbles short stories. As an avid commentator of sociopolitical trends, he enjoys the realm of competitive debating. Uphie recently joined Unmasked, Jakarta’s poetry collaborative, to channel his penchant for penning poems about minority struggles and mental health.

Vasuki Shastry • India Vasuki Shastry was a business and economics journalist in India, Singapore, and Indonesia before joining the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1998. He was bureau chief of The Business Times in Jakarta between 1996 and 1998, covering the Asian financial crisis and the fall of Suharto. He worked extensively on Indonesia during his stint at the IMF.

Warih Wisatsana • Indonesia Warih Wisatsana is a poet, editor, and curator. He has received various awards including the Taraju Award, Borobodur Award, and the Bung Hatta Award. His poetry has been translated into Dutch, English, German, Portuguese and French. His poetry collections are Ikan Terbang Tak Berkawan and May Fire & Other Poems.

Todung Mulya Lubis • Indonesia Born in Medan, Todung Mulya Lubis is a lawyer, lecturer, anti-corruption and human rights activist, presently in Oslo as Indonesian Ambassador to Norway. He contributes to several domestic and international daily newspapers. His latest book is Catatan Harian Todung Mulya Lubis Buku 2. He is one of the Founders of Lubis Santosa & Maramis Law Firm.

Uzodinma Iweala • Nigeria/USA Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and medical doctor. He is the CEO of The Africa Center in New York, which promotes a new narrative of Africa and its diaspora through a focus on culture, policy, and business. He has written three books, Beasts of No Nation (2005), Our Kind of People (2012), and Speak No Evil (2018).

Wanggi Hoed • Indonesia Wanggi Hoed is a pantomime artist and social activist from West Java who incorporates humanitarian, environmental, and spiritual issues into his works. He represents Indonesia in the World Mime Organization, and has collaborated with artists from around the world including Contemporary Circus Theater of France, and Syafiq Efendi Faliq, a Malaysian pantomime artist.

Will Buckingham • UK Will Buckingham is a philosopher, anthropologist and writer across multiple genres. He is interested in the places where stories intersect and philosophies cross-pollinate, those points of cultural encounter where new and surprising possibilities emerge. He is the author of Stealing with the Eyes, a memoir of anthropology, art, sickness, witchcraft, and unpaid debts, set in the Tanimbar islands of Indonesia. Supported by The British Council.

Yeb Saño • Philippines Naderev ‘Yeb’ Madla Saño has been working on campaigns and programs to combat climate change since 1997. He is widely known for his work as the Philippines’ Chief Negotiator in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yeb joined Greenpeace Southeast Asia as Executive Director in 2016 and leads Greenpeace’s diverse operations across the region.

Yenny Wahid • Indonesia Yenny Wahid is a moderate Indonesian Islamic activist, and daughter of the late President of Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid. She has worked as a journalist for Fairfax Media, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is the Director of The Wahid Institute, a research center on Islam.

Supported by Greenpeace.

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Susi Pudjiastuti: Sink It

Kim Scott: Taboo

What Indonesia Taught Me

Barbara Demick: Nothing to Envy

The Pursuit of Peace

Main Program Indus Restaurant

Crossing Cultures

Janet Steele: Mediating Islam

Mark Lynas: Seeds of Science

Jane Caro: Plain Speaking

Family Footsteps

Main Program Taman Baca

The Rights Stuff

Higher Self

The Big Read: Poetry Edition

Small Towns, Big Imagination

A Cry for Help

Festival Welcome

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Cocktail Hour with Hanif Kureishi at Plataran Ubud

A Storytellers’s Lunch at Alila Ubud Silk Painting Inspiration at The Payogan Villa Resort & Spa

Workshops

The Journey at The Samaya Ubud Market Tour and Cooking Class (meet at Casa Luna) Cultural Workshops

Children & Youth

Bahasa Breakfast at Joglo @ Taman Baca Release Your Inner Voice at Campuhan College

My Night in the Planetarium at Campuhan College

Creative Writing for Young Authors at Joglo @Taman Baca

Festival Club @ Bar luna Film Program

Retired, Rewired Nowhere to Go 2018

Stealing with the Eyes

Sayang Kalimantan

Omar Musa: Since Ali Died

Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts at Taman Baca

NOKAS at Betelnut Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi at Taman Puisi

Live Music & Arts

Pecha Kucha at Betelnut

From Bali to West Africa at Taman Baca

PAUSE; URBANDECAY at DUMBO Book Launches

Nayla at Blanco Renaissance Museum Gugug! at PiciPici Bisma Girl Submerged at Herb Library

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Twenty Years Later

Public Opinions

Hanif Kureishi: The Nothing

#metoo

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club

In Praise of Slow

Main Program Indus Restaurant

Gail Jones: The Death of Noah Glass

Islands of Inspiration

Kamila Andini: The Seen and Unseen

Off Limits

Cosmopolitan Creativity

Biographical Boundaries

Main Program Taman Baca

Yeb Sano: Climate Campaigner

Fantastical Realms

Worth a Thousand Words

The Big Read: Journeys

Rewriting the Script

Evolving Islam

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Literary Lunch with Ndaba Mandela at Maya Ubud Resort

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Long Table Dinner: Edible Indonesia at Desa Visesa Ubud This Alien Nation at Indus Restaurant

Making a Scene at Kori Ubud Resort Spa & Restaurant

Workshops

Clear and Compelling at Taksu Spa & Restaurant

Hidden Histories at The Mansion Bali Cultural Workshops

Basa Bali Breakfast Joglo @ Taman Baca

Batik Painting at Nirvana Pension Spin Your Own Story at Villa Kitty

Children & Youth

Publish in a Flash at Joglo @ Taman Baca

Festival Club @ Bar Luna

The Epic

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Love is a Bird at Betelnut Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi: Dear You at Taman Puisi

Live Music & Arts

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The Last Wild Men of Borneo

Buku Kuku-Ku

Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) at Taman Baca Poetry Slam at Betelnut Hujan di Bulan Juni at Taman Baca

Book Launches

The Kitchen at Taman Baca

Retronesia

Fine-tune the Fundamentalas

Indonesian Raw with Arif Springs

East Meets West

What’s Hiding in Your Food

Banjarmelati at Littletalks Komodo - In Pursuit of the Living Legends at The Elephant Charcuterie at Home with Matt McCool

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Gillian Triggs: Speaking Up

Yenny Wahid: Against All Odds

Indonesia, Outside In

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Changing the Culture

Fatima Bhutto: The Runaways

Africa is Not a Country

Main Program Indus Restaurant

Giuseppe Catozzela: Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid

Intimate Instincts

Still the Morning of the World?

Serious About Young Minds

It Takes Two

Hidden Bali

Local Wisdom

Clemantine Wamariya: The Girl Who Smile Beads

The Big Read: Telling Tales

Being Presidential

Ladies to the Front

Main Program Taman Baca

The Pledge

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Look Who’s Coming to Lunch at Nusantara by Locavore

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Feast and Fiction at bridges Club Continental at Casa Luna

La Bella Figura at Outpost Workshops

Story Fundamentals at Kori Ubud Resort Spa & Restaurant

Cultural Workshops

Gaya Gayo at Campuhan College

Creating Worlds and Characters at Hubud Get Out of Your Own Way at Taksu Spa & Restaurant

Herb Walk (meet at Casa Luna)

Blue is the Universe at Joglo @ Taman Baca

Let’s Write! at Joglo @ Taman Baca

Letter of Love at Joglo @ Taman Baca

Children & Youth

The Patient Stone at Yellow Coco Creative Nest

Festival Club @ Bar Luna

The Ruin

Film Program

BLUE at Betelnut

Piknik Puisi dan Ekspresi at Taman Puisi

Live Music & Art

Myth, Magic and Mystery in Bali at Sri Ratih Cottages

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Chinese Whispers

The Poet’s Club

Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen) at Taman Baca Tishani Doshi at Aroma Karsa at Betelnut Betelnut The World We Create at Taman Baca

Asia Reborn at The Elephant UWRF18 Billingual Anthology aJoglo @ Taman Baca The Sacred Trails of Singhawangsa at Sri Ratih Cottages Gong dan Palegongan: at Blanco Renaissance Museum

Book Launches

The Kitchen at Taman Baca

Happy Never After

Terbang: Menembus Langit (Fly) at Betelnut

Tempe with a Twist

Arielle’s Cake Creations

Modernizing Indonesian Cuisine

Ayam Betutu with Janet deNeefe

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Ndaba Mandela: Going to the Mountain

Dealing with Disaster

What a Map Cuts Up

Darkness Descends

The Price of Freedom

Uzodinma Iweala: Speak No Evil

Main Program Indus Restaurant

Shrabani Basu: Victoria & Abdul

Art for Impact

Serial Storytellers

UWRF18 Indonesian Emerging Writers

Marty Natalegawa: Does ASEAN Matter?

Fifteen Years of UWRF

Main Program Taman Baca

Fighting for the Forests

It Takes a Village

Geoff Dyer: Scene by Scene

The Big Read: Food for Thought

At Home, Everywhere

Jagadhita

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UWRF’s 15th Birthday Brunch! at Casa Luna Writing Truth with Tail at Best Western Premier Agung Resort

Workshop Cultural Workshops

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Writing and Ethics at The Purist Villas

The Language of Offerings at Nirvana Pension In Memory of My Feelings at Campuhan College

Children & Youth

Make Your Own Charcoal at Joglo @ Taman Baca

The Power of Words at Joglo @ Taman Baca Small Acts of Kindness at Campuhan College

Film Program

Etgar Keret: Based on True Story at Betelnut

Live Music & Arts

Closing NIght Party at Blanco Renaissance Museum Buddha is a Punk Skater at DUMBO

Book Launches

Prayers on Canvas: Paintings, Spirituality and Humanity at Blanco Renaissance Museum Angkot dan Bus Minangkabau: Budaya Pop dan Nilai-Nilai Populer at Littletalks Touring Reality Without a Guide at Il Giardino

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FESTIVAL HUB

KAMUS KECIL Learning a bit of Indonesian, or better yet, Balinese, always makes for more meaningful travel in Bali. To help you make the most of your Festival experience, we’ve put together a Kamus Kecil, or Little Dictionary of the very basics. If you’d like to learn more, join the bubbly team from Cinta Bahasa Indonesian Language School for Bahasa Indonesia Breakfast or Basa Bali Breakfast (see p. 32).

English

Indonesian

Balinese

Hello

Halo

Om Swastiastu

Good morning/afternoon/evening

Selamat pagi/siang/malam

Rahajeg semeng/tengai/wengi

My name is…

Nama saya…

Adan tiange

What’s your name?

Siapa nama Anda?

Sira pesengan ragane?

How are you?

Apa kabar?

Punapi gatra?

I’m fine

Saya baik baik saja

Tiang becik-becik

Can I please have…

Boleh minta…

Dados tiang nunas…

Shuttle

Toilet

Thank you

Terima kasih

Suksma

There are toilets at all our locations.

Excuse me

Permisi

Sugera

A free shuttle service operates between the Festival’s three main venues and Puri Lukisan Museum on Jl. Raya Ubud. The shuttle runs from 8:00-18:00 daily, every 30 minutes.

First Aid

ATMs

Where are you going?

Mau kemana?

Jagi lunga kija?

I’m going to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Saya mau ke Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Tiang pacang lunga ka Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

For minor injuries, visit the First Aid area at the Box Offce @ Taman Baca. For more serious injuries, please go straight to the Ambulance.

ATMs near the Festival Hub are located at the Indomaret store, opposite Indus Restaurant, and Bintang Supermarket.

Parking

Information Center

What is that?

Apa itu?

Napi nika?

Where is it?

Dimana itu?

Ring ija nika?

Please note that parking at the Festival Hub @ Taman Baca and main venues is limited.

Still have questions? Visit the Information Center at the Festival Box Office @ Taman Baca, open from 22–28 October, 8:00-17:00.

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BALI, UNCOVERED

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1. Alila Ubud 2. Bar Luna 3. Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud 4. Betelnut 5. Blanco Renaissance Museum 6. bridges 7. Campuhan College 8. Casa Luna 9. Desa Visesa Ubud 10. DUMBO 11. Festival Hub 12. Gayatri 13. Herb Library Restaurant 14. Hubud 15. Il Giardino Ubud 16. Indus Restaurant 17. Karja Art Space 18. Kori Ubud Resort Spa & Restaurant 19. Littletalks Ubud 20. Left Bank - Volunteer Basecamp 21. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa

22. Neka Art Museum 23. Nirvana Pension 24. Nomad Restaurant 25. Nusantara by Locavore 26. Oracle Gallery 27. Outpost Ubud 28. Picipici Warung 29. Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa 30. Seniman Coffee Studio 31. Sri Ratih Cottages 32. Taksu Spa & Restaurant 33. The Elephant 34. The Mansion Bali 35. The Payogan Villa Resort & Spa 36. The Purist Villas 37. The Samaya Ubud 38. Thread of Life 39. Tony Raka 40. Ubud Royal Palace 41. Villa Kitty Foundation 42. Yellow Coco Creative Nest

Dive deep into Balinese culture with this unique collection of stories on mythology, beliefs and everyday life. by Dr Jean Couteau

A charming guide to ‘Real Bali’. Taking you to temples, nature, museums and more. by Kartika Dewi

A vision of

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