Archive for the 'Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011' Category

Oct 12 2011

It’s a wrap: The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011

I’m still in the post-festival glow of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011 so thought I could wring out one more post about how great it was. I had, as I hope my posts conveyed, an excellent time. I’d never been to a writers’ conference or festival before so the entire experience was a … read the full post

Oct 11 2011

Who does it better, poetry or prose?

The last session on the last day of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival was a boisterous debate between poets and prose writers about who was better at writing about that age old affliction, love. Arguing for the poets was Geoff Lemon, Australian poet and general ne’er-do-well, Russian writer and poet Oleg Borushko, and Alicia … read the full post

Oct 10 2011

Interview with author Meg Mundell

At the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival I got to catch up with Meg Mundell, a New Zealander based in Melbourne. She’s just released her first book, Black Glass, a story about two teenage sisters set in a dystopian Melbourne. Meg’s a talented writer with a wicked sense of humour and a special place in … read the full post

Oct 08 2011

Growing Young Readers at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

One of my favourite panels so far at the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival was this afternoon’s session on writing for children and young people, called Growing Young Readers. One of my least favourite parts about writers festivals (although I’ll admit that this is my first one) is hearing writers read their own work. … read the full post

Oct 08 2011

Benjamin Law beat me at arm-wrestling

My favourite part of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival so far has been the opportunity to meet so many young authors, who, as it turns out, are just normal people. (I think they become less so as they get older.) I had the chance to talk to Benjamin Law, a young Australian author whose … read the full post

Oct 07 2011

Highlights of the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival so far

I’ve been rushing around trying to attend as many sessions of the 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival so that you, dear reader, don’t have to. Here are some highlights from my favourite sessions so far. Life’s But a Roll of the Dice Yesterday, Australian-British author and Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre talked about his … read the full post

Oct 07 2011

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival: The Cycle of Rice

Today’s session at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival called ‘The Cycle of Rice‘ was about living simply, consuming less and sharing more, and how it all related to rice farming in Bali. The panel’s host, Gouri Mirpuri the author of Eco-Heroes of Indonesia, introduced the panelist Steve Lansing by saying, “You can’t talk about … read the full post

Oct 07 2011

Cycling Home from … the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Rob Lilwall is the author of Cycling Home from Siberia, a book about his expedition across Asia, Australia and Europe by bicycle. When he was 27 he decided to fly to the furthest, most remote place he could think of and try and make his way home from there. He spent the next three years … read the full post

Oct 06 2011

Getting out of your comfort zone at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

The 2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has started with a bang in Bali, and the streets of Ubud are teeming with readers, writers, and, as usual, taxi drivers, hopefully searching for fares. Authors from more than 20 countries are here, as well as countless readers — with Australia well represented. (Although during his session, … read the full post

Sep 29 2011

Winner of the four-day pass to Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Congratulations to Gabriela for winning our competition giving away a full four-day pass to the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The competition was simple. Tell us in 25 words what “Bali” means to you. This was Gabriela’s entry: “Pacifying bad spirits, fearing ricefield rats. Feeling adrenaline in left-hand traffic. Happy ducks. Why is so much … read the full post

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