The Ubud Writers Festival was conceived as part of a healing process after the Bali bombings. Seven years on, the theme is Harmony in Diversity. The festival last October in Ubud, Bali had more than 130 writers from 27 countries. Just to name a few there are poets, writers and artists from the Indonesian archipelago as well as China, Malta, Bosnia, Palestine, Israel, Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, all in Ubud for the five day festival. Part of the aim is to spread the word about Indonesia’s literary culture but also to provide Indonesian writers with a chance to showcase their work to an international audience.
A few of our favorite award winning Vietnamese writers were also present at the festival to showcase their work. Check out this cool podcast by ABC Radio National from the authors’ special reading at the festival.
Andrew Lam – Vietnamese American journalist and author of East Eats West