Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Now that Early Bird
discounted passes have begun to fly, the Ubud Writers & Readers
Festival is following up with more good news.
John Pilger, Australian journalist and
documentary maker based in London, has confirmed his participation as
featured guest in the main Festival program. Pilger has twice won Britain's
Journalist of the Year Award and his devastating and internationally
renowned documentaries have polarised media and public opinion for decades.
In 2009, he was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of his
courage as a foreign and war correspondent in enabling the voices of the
powerless to be heard.
Said UWRF International Program Director
Jeni Caffin "John Pilger is a fearless and impassioned journalist who
has fiercely criticised Australia's treatment of its First Peoples and who
has steadily turned his gaze to British and American foreign policy. He is
simply impossible to ignore and we at the UWRF are proud to announce that
he is finally able to fit the Festival into his relentless schedule."
Pilger's name is the first to be
trumpeted from the list of 130 Indonesian and international guests to
confirm their participation and will inevitably attract widespread media
comment. While his role call of documentaries is too extensive to list
here, his seminal works include Year Zero: the Silent Death Of Cambodia,
Death of a Nation; the Timor Conspiracy, Inside Burma: Land of Fear and
Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror.
Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in
the War on Terror.
A feature of John Pilger's UWRF
involvement will be a screening of his 2010 documentary The War You Don't
See, which challenges the media for the role they played in the Iraq,
Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine conflicts. Said Pilger "the theme of
power, media and propaganda has real resonance these days." He has
agreed to conduct a no holds barred Q&A immediately following the
Early Birds are on the wing,
the names are starting to be whispered and the program of the UWRF is
flexing its muscles. Join us 3-7 October for the best conversations of the
year: you won't have to say a word.
Our first batch of tickets are now available on the UWRF site
for a limited time. These early bird tickets are for the 4 day main sessions
only and are at 20% are less than the regular price. This year, the UWRF
takes its theme This Earth of Mankind, from the title of one of the great
Pramoedya Ananta Toer's epic novels. Exploring its many strands, the festival
shines light upon the best contemporary writing and introduces you to new and
significant voices. Embracing the new is integral to the festival's program;
new writers, new ideas, new directions and new media.
'In choosing the writers for the ninth festival, we have read
hundreds of books. Here, in this program, you will experience the writing
that most inspired, enlightened, staggered and delighted us. Please take
advantage of the Early Bird offer to ensure you share in the riches contained
says Janet de Neefe - Festival Founder and Director.
The full program including supplementary workshops, literary
lunches, dinners and gala events will be available at the end of August.