UWRF 2017 drew to a close last night, having passed all too quickly. Despite the quandary about whether to stage the festival while Mt Agung was rumbling, the festival was a resounding success, with lively panels and well-attended sessions across the board.
Here are some portraits of festival participants, from our guest photographer Suki Zoe.
(Yes, Rio was busy with Mt Agung relief when not moderating or speaking on panels or planning his fundraising event!)
Writer and journalist Shokoofeh Azar (Iran) had to flee her homeland after being imprisoned, and wound up in Perth, Australia. She writes magic realist novels about Iran, that bring beauty, and the Persian imagination, to dark issues.
Literary doyenne, Jung Chang (China), author of the memoir ‘Wild Swans’, which has sold more copies than any other memoir in history. She discussed the ancient tradition of foot binding in China, and brought with her her grandmother’s slipper, the size of a young child’s foot.
Words by Catriona Mitchell
Photos by Suki Zoe