South-East Asia’s largest and most exciting literary event is once again set to fill the lush surrounds of Ubud, with the first release of world-class authors and artists announced for the 2014 program today.

From 1-5 October, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival will host over 150 writers from more than 30 countries in an exciting celebration of global issues, big ideas, and extraordinary stories, exploring this year’s theme of ‘Wisdom & Knowledge’ and paying tribute to Saraswati, the Balinese Hindu goddess of learning.

The program will feature an array of literary lunches, in-depth conversations, intriguing panel discussions with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers, twilight performances, film screenings, poetry slams, street parties, cultural masterclasses, art exhibitions, book launches and much more.

Confirmed international writers to date include acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh, Pulitzer Prize finalist Deborah Baker, scientist and Australian of the Year Tim Flannery, 2014 DSC Prize-winner Cyrus Mistry, 5 Star Billionaire author and Booker Prize finalist Tash Aw and much-loved children’s book writer Mem Fox.

On top of that, ‘genius’ debut novelist and Baileys Prize-winner Eimear McBride has joined the line-up, as well as graphic artist Reinhard Kleist, Women of Letters founder Michaela McGuire, memoirist Liam Pieper, 2014 Miles Franklin shortlisted nominee Fiona McFarlane, and intrepid adventurer and author of On the Trail of Genghis Khan Tim Cope.

Wanderlust is also an obsession for Tracks creator Robyn Davidson, with her memoir was made into a hit film starring Mia Wasikowska in 2014. Esteemed film auteur Rolf de Heer will join UWRF hot on the heels of the ‘standing ovation’ of his latest film Charlie’s Country at Cannes. American-in-exile and poet Kosal Khiev will speak about surviving the prison system, while writer Kate Holden has survived a heroin addiction and life as a prostitute.

And from Indonesia the festival will welcome pioneering publisher and founder of Tempo magazine Goenawan Mohamad, architect Made Wijaya, Islamist intellectual Azyumardi Azra, well-regarded ARMA gallerist Agung Rai, indie rocking artist Made Bayak Muliana and award-winning documentary maker Dwitra J Ariana, plus many more still to be announced.

The full program will be released August 1, with many more literary stars in a constellation of unmissable events over five days. Don’t miss it. 

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