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.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
As we head into Bali's version of 'springtime', we’re looking ahead to the thirteenth Ubud Writers & Readers Festival. We hope you’ve highlighted this year’s Festival dates – October 26–30 – in your diary already!
Part of what we love about putting the Festival together every year is discovering the most exciting voices from around the world to bring to the Ubud stage. In the past weeks our pile of ‘must reads’ has grown – with shortlist announcements from the Man Booker International Prize and theBest Translated Book Awards. Festival favourite Eka Kurniawan made the longlist for both prizes (congrats, Eka!), and recently took out the inaugural World Readers’ Award for Beauty is a Wound. If you missed Eka at last year’s Festival, catch up on his session in our #Afterword podcast series.
As well as being up to our elbows in new reads, our esteemed curatorial panel has been reading through the record 894 entries for the UWRF Emerging Indonesian Writers Anthology, set to be launched at this year's Festival in collaboration with Bitread. With submissions from primary-school-aged writers right through to university scholars, we're excited to share that students made up 41.5% of entries – a clear indication of the passionate future of Indonesian literature.
We'd love to keep you up-to-date on all the UWRF news, and invite you to join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.