Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2009

The 2009 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival program is gathering momentum, the festival will be held from October 5 to October 11 with comprehensive program of panel discussions, book launches, workshops, children workshops, and cultural workshops play readings, and many special events will be held in the Festival.

The theme of Suka Duka: loosely translated as ‘Compassion and Solidarity’ leading the way, some of the finest writers from 23 countries will come together to discuss the great themes of our time: religion, identity, the legacy of colonial brutality and the postcolonial voice, human rights, race and identity, exile, gender, censorship, literary expression and the state.

Sponsored by the Australia-Indonesia Institute, will kick off 4 days of panel sessions, debates, readings and in-conversations with the world’s greatest exponents of their craft, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival this year will present Wole Soyinka, the first African to receive a Nobel Prize for literature, Fatima Bhutto, the outspoken poet, journalist and novelist from Pakistan, Lloyd Jones’ heart-wrenching empathy in the Bougainville-set military fable, Mr Pip, Dany Laferriere, and Mohammed Hanif  with his A Case of Exploding Mangoes. And many other writers from African, from Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Egypt.

A special tribute to the Asian experience, and are gathering emerging and established writers from the region including Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Tom Cho, Ng Yi Sheng, Amir Muhammad, NH Dini, Shamini Flint, Wena Poon, Woon Tai Ho, Asitha Ameresekere and Dede Oetomo.