For its 16th year as Southeast Asia’s leading literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has today announced its full lineup of over 180 authors, journalists, artists and activists from 30 countries. From 23–27 October, they’ll appear in more than 170 events across 70+ venues in Ubud, which this year placed sixth on Travel + Leisure’s Top 15 Cities in the World.
From Indonesia to Italy, Colombia to Cameroon, Thailand to Turkey, Portugal to Pakistan and dozens of countries in between, the five-day program of in-conversations, panel discussions, literary lunches, music and arts performances, writing workshops and more will demonstrate why The Telegraph named UWRF one of the world’s five best literary festivals for 2019.
The first round of speakers announced last month featured celebrated British food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, bestselling American author Susan Orlean, human rights advocate Andreas Harsono, and Kurdish-Iranian journalist, scholar, and award-winning writer Behrouz Boochani, who is currently incarcerated on Manus Island and will appear via live stream.
Among the names revealed today are legendary Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, feminist firebrand and New York Times contributing opinion writer Lindy West, BAFTA-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur Akala, journalist, author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan K. Stack, and award-winning writer, poet, and playwright Lemn Sissay.
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