The 14th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) will include authors, artists and activists who will lead this year's five-day program of fiery discussions, literary lunches, and powerful performances from October 25 to 29, 2017. The 14th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival will welcome more than 150 speakers from 30 countries, sharing bold ideas and extraordinary stories through the lens of this year's theme, 'Sangakan Paraning Dumadi', or 'Origins'.
From Kalimantan to Canada, Riau to Lucknow, the first lineup reveal of 16 authors and artists is testament to Indonesia's – and the Festival's – famed cultural and artistic diversity.
SCOTLAND'S BEST CRIME WRITER
These include Scotland's king of crime writing, Ian Rankin, alongside Canadian author Madeleine Thien, whose works on diasporic histories have received universal acclaim.
Wrenched from his origins and miraculously finding his way home, the story which inspired the film Lion will be shared by Saroo Brierley, while Malaysian socio-political author and activist Marina Mahathir will reveal how she's inspired thousands to be unbound by the society they're born into.
Leading the discussion on our environmental responsibilities to future generations is internationally-acclaimed climatologist and conservationist Tim Flannery, while Britain's greatest authority on Chinese food, Fuchsia Dunlop, will stir the senses with her explorations in cultural preservation.
FAMOUS INDONESIA WRITERS & JOURNALISTS
Through its strong focus on the Indonesian literary and artistic landscape, UWRF continues to be the most prominent platform for showcasing the nation's emerging and established writers and artists.
One of Indonesia's most outspoken journalists Leila S Chudori, and prolific author and social commentator Seno Gumira Ajidarma, lead the national lineup.