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In the beginning was the word – and the word was UWRF

Was this year’s Ubud Writers and Readers Festival worthwhile? My word – the people of the book had a literary communion. Almost two hundred speakers (gleaned from a list four times longer) handled challenging ideas mainly with aplomb. Not all was fiction – human rights were prominent … [Read more...]

Hearts ‘reignite’ for 20th Ubud program

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) recorded over 15,000 festival attendees for its 20th-anniversary festival program, held from 18–22 October 2023 in Ubud, Indonesia. Festival director Janet DeNeefe said, ‘We are extremely grateful that, twenty years after the inception of the Ubud … [Read more...]

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

South-East Asia’s most significant literary event, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, is a chance to not only nurture local writers but also to reflect on global issues. It’s a day after landing in Bali. I’m slightly jet lagged, still reeling from the sensual shock of South-East Asia – the … [Read more...]

IKAPI to Pull Out of Frankfurt Book Fair for Pro-Israel Stance

The Indonesian Publishers Association (Ikapi) announced that they are pulling out from participating in the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) that was scheduled for October 18 to 22, 2023. The head of Ikapi Arys Hilman mentioned that there will be no Indonesian attribute or Indonesian flag as well as … [Read more...]

IKAPI cancels participation in Frankfurt Book Fair over controversial Israel support

The Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) has announced the cancellation of its participation in the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), scheduled to take place from Oct. 18-22. The decision came after FBF director Juergen Boss asserted the organizer’s position of supporting Israel and providing … [Read more...]