Leading global literary event, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, is coming to Perth’s shores for the first time ever next month. Between the 8th and 10th of October, The Rechabite will come alive with a compelling and inspiring program of talks, performances and conversations, presented alongside the Festival’s online and Ubud-based events.
Celebrating its 18th year, the Festival’s theme is Mulat Sarira, which translates to Self-Reflection. Drawing from Balinese-Hindu philosophy, the concept will be explored and interpreted by a collection of international writers, artists and activists, particularly in how it relates to the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speakers will include Amitav Ghosh, recipient of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award; journalist and novelist Ayu Utami, founder of the Alliance of Independent Journalists; and award winning journalist, Vincent Bevins, the South East Asia correspondent for the Washington Post, to name just a select few.
There will also be a large roster of local Australian speakers, including Anne Aly (recognised for her world renowned research into counter terrorism and countering violent extremism); Walkley Award winner Julia Baird; poetry and performance artist Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa; Brigid Lowry (whose current work combines Buddhism, the psychology of healing, self-help, memoir and humour); Australian journalist, writer, and presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy; and many more.
Check out the full program and book your tickets HERE.