Scenes from the 2015 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

For those of you who missed it (there’s always next year!), here’s a quick photo-tour of the wonderful Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali…

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Sunrise, Sanur Beach, pre-festival

 

Superb writers dinner hosted by the Fairmont Hotel, Sanur

Writers dinner hosted by the Fairmont Hotel, Sanur

Maltese writer Antoine Cassar (Passaport Project) samples kopi luwak

Antoine Cassar (Passaport Project) samples kopi luwak en route to Ubud

Opening ceremony at the Ubud Palace

Festival opening ceremony, Ubud Palace

With Avi Sirlin, Jane Maryam and Kate Evans at Casa Luna

With Avi Sirlin, Jane Maryam and Kate Evans at Casa Luna

My first session, Why Write?, with Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Mireille Juchau and Nam Le

My first session, Why Write?, with Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Okky Madasari, Mireille Juchau and Nam Le

My second session, Make History, with Isa Kamari, Avi Sirlin and Tory Loudon

My second session, Make History, with Isa Kamari, Avi Sirlin and Tory Loudon

Long Table Dinner event, Honeymoon Guesthouse

Mpho Tutu, keynote address: 'Without forgiveness, peace cannot fly.'

Mpho Tutu, keynote address: ‘Without forgiveness, peace cannot fly.’

Sofie Laguna: 'The more innocence you bring to a voice, the more you expose the world's corruption.'

Sofie Laguna: ‘The more innocence you bring to a voice, the more you expose the world’s corruption.’

Chigozie Obioma: 'I want to distance my book from being an allegory. Making symbols of concrete things is constraining.'

Chigozie Obioma, on The Fishermen: ‘The brothers are a metaphor for the foundational myth of Nigeria; the madman the seed of destruction.’

 

Porochista Khakpour: 'We throw the ball and the reader has to catch it.'

Porochista Khakpour: ‘We throw the ball and the reader has to catch it.’

Anuradha Roy: 'I think very hard about endings, even at the start of a book.'

Anuradha Roy: ‘I think very hard about endings, even at the start of a book.’

Dorothy Tse: 'I teach [my creative writing students] to be better readers.'

Dorothy Tse: ‘I teach [my creative writing students] to be better readers.’

Nam Le: 'Writing anything involving human beings with some care and some rigour is inevitably a political act.'

Nam Le: ‘Writing anything involving human beings with some care and some rigour is inevitably a political act.’

Finegan Kruckemeyer: 'I try to write open, allegorical works that children can read into what they want.'

Finegan Kruckemeyer: ‘I try to write open, allegorical works that children can read into what they want.’

Michael Chabon: 'You need to acknowledge what's going on under the surface of anything in life.'

Michael Chabon: ‘You need to acknowledge what’s going on under the surface of anything in life.’

Drusilla Modjeska: Incarcerating people (on Manus) is 'destabilising for the spirit of the ground.'

Drusilla Modjeska: Incarcerating people (on Manus) is ‘destabilising for the spirit of the ground.’

This guy had nothing to say.

This guy had nothing to say.

Closing night, Blanco Renaissance Museum, Ubud

Closing night, Blanco Renaissance Museum, Ubud

Farewell brunch for writers, Casa Luna

Farewell brunch for writers, Casa Luna

Thanks to:

writingWA, for airfare sponsorship

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festival accommodation sponsors

The beautiful Fairmont Hotel, Sanur

the beautiful Fairmont Hotel, Sanur

The very bohemian Bali Bohemia, Ubud

the very bohemian Bali Bohemia, Ubud

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival for a truly inspiring festival experience

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12 responses to “Scenes from the 2015 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

  1. What an amazing event. How absolutely delicious! And how wonderful Amanda, you were an honoured part of this. Oh, deepest pangs of wistfulness here at having missed it all! But beautiful pictures and the talks must have been brilliant…thank you so much for sharing this…all the very best to you. Kindest regards, Kim

  2. Lovely photos and captions Amanda 🙂 Some scenes and people looked familiar and yes, I always intended to go back … maybe next year … thank you for this intriguing glimpse.

  3. Great write up, Amanda. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great experience.

  4. It’s a shame the monkey wouldn’t give you a quote! 😉

  5. Rose van Son

    Beautiful photographs and quotes Amanda. There is always next year as you say; hope to be there then and to enjoy the wonderful discussions and delicious food! Looks amazing.

  6. Valerie Abbot

    I loved all the inspiration comments spoken from the heart of each individual. Even the monkey – self-expressive I would say.

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