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The 9th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2012

By • Sep 28th, 2012• Category: Budget Travel Package & Interesting Places

Avid writers, readers, and writing enthusiasts in general from all over the globe will gather once again at the enchanting little town of Ubud in tropical Bali‘s undulating hills as the 9th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2012 gets underway from 3 to 7 October 2012.

The 2012 theme pays homage to one of Indonesia’s greatest contemporary writers Pramoedya Ananta Toer and his epic novel Bumi Manusia or “This Earth of Mankind”. Building on Pramoedya’s legacy the festival program team has visited 25 cities across Indonesia to interact with established writers,  and uncover brilliant young minds to weave into the program.

Delivering the most exciting and diverse program to date, the  Ubud Readers & Writers Festival 2012 features Indonesian writers – Riri Riza, Happy Salma, Mira Lesmana, Todung Mulya Lubis, Rio Helmi, Ketut Yuliarsa, Butet Manutung and Iswadi Pratama. Complementing the strong Indonesian contingent is a world-class line-up of international writers, among whome are:  Pultizer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides, John Pilger, Anna Funder, Krys Lee, Kjersti Skomsvold, Kader Abdolah, Alice Pung and many other literary legends from across the world.

A host of special events invite the festival audience to get up close and personal with the writers, including a lunch with Dr Jose Ramos-Horta and an intimate afternoon with Nick Cave. The workshop sessions cover memoirs, poetry, fantasy, fiction, screen and travel writing. Presenting a rich program of free events the festival features a special performance by the renowned Teater Satu Lampung and the famous Street Party returns with Komseni’s musical orchestra, Joged Bumbung dance, bands and street poets.

As an addition, this year the festival introduces the Art & Food Market – a venue where writers and audience can wind down overlooking the gorgeous Tjampuhan Ridge. The market features the ‘Rumah Baca” or ‘Reading Room’ with a program of special readings, and a showcase of traditional clothes, batiks, paintings, sculptures and jewelry from Ubud artisans.

For more Information, visit the event’s official website:

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