photographer / tweeter Suki Zoe’s take on day 1 at the 2019 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival
(lead photo: Lemn Sissay)
Lemn Sissay in My Name is Why: “It was a land grab. Everyone was writing themselves into me.”
HM Naqvi listening to another writer read during the Location, Location, Location session:
“I have no imagination. If I’m not there, if I can’t smell the salt from the sea, I have difficulty expressing that in prose,”
From the Enlightenment for all session:
Kadek Sonia Piscayanti:
‘Commercial spirituality doesn’t impact us because we have our own things to think about. Spirituality is finding balance between my roles as teacher, mother, writer and wife.’
There’s a special atmosphere in Ubud where people reinvent themselves. There is no mechanism to say stop. In a normal community there are lines not to cross.
Michael Vatiokitis who stood in as moderator for Debra Yatim (whose flight got delayed) literally at the last minute for The Price of Democracy session (and pulled it off!).
from the Milk of Paradise session, cultural historian Lucy Inglis:
‘Imperial botanism – using plants to make money’.
all photos ©Suki Zoe
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