Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

DIARIES AT THE READY: the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has announced its dates for 2011. Those keen to sate themselves at Bali’s sumptuous literary feast must set aside 5-9 October 2011 for the event acclaimed by Harpers Bazaar magazine as one of the top six writers’ festivals in the world.

“The Festival has hopped into the Year of the Rabbit and there’s a spring in our step and a heightened enthusiasm about this year’s program. Our audiences came in record numbers last October and the interest at this early stage is intense,” says Festival Founder and Director Janet de Neefe.

Nandurin Karang Awak—Cultivate the Land Within—is our 2011 theme and is taken from the epic poem ‘Gaguritan Salampah Laku’ by Ida Pedanda Made Sideman.

“Ida Pedanda Made Sidemen is considered one of Bali’s greatest Kawi-Wiku, Poet-Priests, and throughout his lifetime penned numerous significant literary works. Beside composing poems and officiating at religious rituals, he was a respected authority on traditional architecture. He passed away on September 10, 1984, at the age of 126.”

De Neefe continues, “Developing the self in ways similar to cultivating rice fields, by sowing the seeds of truths, cutting down the stalks of desires, and carefully reaping a bountiful harvest for the finest grain, is an important philosophical concept in the spiritual landscape of Bali.

“Ida Pedanda Made Sidemen’s statement reflects the optimism of the survivor, the person who possesses no land, due to choice, poverty or exile, but holds an unwavering personal conviction of his or her own potential and possibilities: the land within.

“At a time in history when disputes over borders, sovereignty, resources, culture and economics are more acute than ever, we must remember that the greatest shared space in the world is in the mind and the heart. The 2011 Festival theme is devoted to redefining the boundaries of consciousness and connection with the vast, rich and mysterious territory within.”

A stellar lineup of more than 80 writers representing the gamut of genres and nationalities will converge on Ubud, from 5-9 October, in a lavish celebration of literature, commencing with a tribute to Ida Pedanda Made Sideman. Readings, panel discussions, workshops, lunches, debates and performances will enliven the landscape of this picturesque town. From Ubud’s legendary hotels to its charming cafes, restaurants and temples, the Festival will cultivate the glory of the written word, over four magical, unforgettable days. Participants and program details are tightly guarded at present, but bookmark for all updates and ticket details.


Blogger Mindy McAdams said...

Wow, I'm so glad I was Googling "Malaysia fiction" today and came upon your blog. I'm hoping to be in Indonesia next fall, and if I can make it to this writers' festival, I will certainly go. Ubud and writing together -- what could be better?

I am always on the lookout for good fiction (in English) from or about Malaysia. I keep a list of such books here:

I see that you also like The Rice Mother, by Rani Manicka. How about the author Suchen Christine Lim?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 3:55:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Hello Mindy,
Thank you for stopping by.

Yes, what could be better than a literary holiday than the Ubud Festival.

Yes, I do like Rani Manicka's The Rice Mother. Have you read Tash Aw's The Harmony Silk Factory and Map of the Invisible World, Tan Twan Eng's The Gift of Rain and Preeta Samarasan's Evening is the Whole Day.

Suchen Christine Lim is one of the leading writers in Singapore. I am in awe of her work, of course.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 4:50:00 PM  

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