Wednesday 14th September 2016
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2016

Southeast Asia’s largest and most exciting cultural event will be descending in Ubud on 26 – 30 October 2016. It’s a global gathering of big ideas of extraordinary stories you won’t want to miss. Literary star Hanya Yanagihara on friendship and on writing that which cannot be spoken. Acclaimed novelist and social commentator Lionel Shriver on the power of fiction. Cinema legend Joko Anwar on the rise (and rise) of Indonesian new-wave cinema. Undercover journalist Suki Kim on what lies behind the closed doors of North Korea’s sons. Youth activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied on writing your own story. Pagent Queen Anastasia Lin on beauty with a purpose. Much-loved performer Magda Szubanski on going beyond comedy, to family and a reckoning. Leading foreign correspondent Stan Grant on human dignity and the soul of a nation. Filmmaker and actress Djenar Maesa Ayu on flirting with the chaotic feminine in Indonesia. Artist and musician Jesse Paris Smith on creative activism. The Brothahood on where hip-hop intersects with faith. Stella Award winner Charlotte Wood on writing darkness to find the light. Novelist and poet Helon Habila on staring into the hard face of the extreme.

Sri Ratih, as part of Festival partner, will be the venue for the launching of two inspirational books. The Sri Ratih Cafe & Jewellry will also join the festival, bringing back the authentic Balinese food that has forgotten. For reserve a place at the book launch, please drop an email to
Don’t miss #UWRF16.