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.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
2013 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
The 2013 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is drawing ever closer,
with only 2 weeks until the festivities begin in Ubud on 11 October.
The arrival this week of our printed programs brought home how soon
this is - and also how many wonderful things to look forward to there
are! With 92 pages of events, writers and performers, workshops,
films, book launches and so much more, we suggest you have a look at
the online magazine of the program
if you can't get your hands on the real thing. We thank the team at
Phoenix Communications for supporting the programs this year.
With so many highlights to choose from, we have pulled together a few
special picks for you below.
We've also received our first batch of 10-year anniversary Festival t-shirts! These tees will be
on sale during the Festival, but you can pre-order here for the
discounted price of AU $15 each. Unfortunately, at this stage we are
unable to post them, but they will be available to collect from our
Box Office after 3 October.
Also - a reminder that Women
of Letters will be touring Jakarta and Yogyakarta next
week. A line-up of truly remarkable women will be reading their
letters - Olin
Jean McKay, Emilie
Zoey Baker, Debra
Yatim and Lisa
Febriyanti - so make sure you register for these
free events and go along if you can.
- Thursday 3 October 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Komunitas Salihara, as part of the Salihara Literary Biennale
Jl.Salihara No.16, Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan, Jakarta Register here!
- Saturday 5 October 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Langgeng Art Foundation
Jl. Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta - Yogyakarta Register here!
We hope to be seeing you in Ubud shortly!
Bahasa Breakfast @ Rumah Baca
year, for the first time, we offer a fun and simple introduction to the
Indonesian language. From 8:00- 8:45am, every morning of the Festival
(12-15 Oct), kickstart your day with our Bahasa Breakfast.
Over Balinese sweet treats & coffee, Festival partners Cinta Bahasa
will teach you the basic greetings, do’s & dont’s, plus other fun and
useful Indonesian phrases to help you get around Ubud and the Festival.
The Bahasa Breakfasts can be booked here(AU $14 per session), or at our Box
Office during the Festival.
Lydia cacho: Living dangerously mexican lunch
lunch at Maya Ubud is back - with a Mexican theme and the fearless and
wonderful investigative journalist, Lydia Cacho.
Lydia is one of
Mexico’s most famous investigative journalists & human rights advocates.
She is the recipient of many prestigious international awards & has
courageously reported on corruption, drug violence & sex trafficking
in her home country for several decades. Meet Lydia Cacho in-conversation
with Lily Yulianti Farid, as she describes her dangerous life over a
chilled margarita & Mexican-inspired lunch from the cantina of Maya
Ubud Resort & Spa.
Sat 12 Oct
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tickets AU $82 / Rp. 700,000. Book here!
Finding the voice: A workshop with Robin de Crespigny
In this half-day
workshop, writerRobin de Crespigny reveals
the complex issues surrounding writing biographies - using the knowledge
she gained through writing and researching her acclaimed biography, The People Smuggler. Writing the
life-story of an Arabic Muslim man in first person and in an
authentic way had its challenges, and Robin will share her tips and
advice on how you too can find ‘the voice’ of your subject. She'll also
speak on the role and responsibility of a biographer, and the road to
publication with a controversial subject.
Tues 15 Oct
10:00 AM - 1.00 PM
Int'l: AU $58 / Rp. 500,000
Kitas: AU $42 / Rp. 350,000
Indonesian: AU $18 / Rp. 150,000 Book here!
National Women Build Week Volunteers needed
We need your help! The UWRF and Women Build – Habitat for
Humanity Indonesia are calling for volunteers to help build houses during National
Women Build Week, 16-20 October 2013.
The campaign will support local Balinese women and
families through the construction of 50 houses with proper sanitation and
roofing in a poor region of Bali after the Festival. No prior knowledge
of home building is required, just a reasonable level of fitness and
lots of enthusiasm.