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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2023

October 18 - October 22

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (often called the Ubud Writers Festival), one of the best literary festivals in the world, is held in the central Bali town of Ubud in October and will celebrate what has become Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.

A yearly pilgrimage for word lovers worldwide, the Ubud Writers Festival transcends cultural and physical borders, inviting both artists and audiences to enjoy and participate in public discussions, intimate literary lunches, live performances and hands-on workshops where budding writers can learn new skills and get feedback from experts.

For more on this town in Central Bali, check out our Things to Do in Ubud: a Town Hiding in Plain Sight.

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival has been named by the UK newspaper The Telegraph as one of this year’s five best literary events. The theme of this year’s edition is Uniting Humanity.

Anuradna Roy, UWRF, Bali
Anuradha Roy presenting her book. Photo credit Wirasathya Darmaja

Ubud Writers Festival 2023 Lineup

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival. The lineup of the Anniversary Festival has yet to be announced, but it will include a look back at the 20 years of the festival.

The 2022 festival included: Anuradha Roy; Laura Jean McKay; Audrey Magee; Joko Pinurbo; Rara Sekar; Tim BakerSequoia NagamatsuFelix K NesiSami ShahSaras Dewi Putri and Boy Candra.

A full list of speakers will be found here.

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival origins

Brainchild of Australian-born Janet DeNeefe, the Ubud Writers Festival grew out of a healing project in response to the 2002 Bali bombings. Wanting the world to see that Bali could move on after the bombings, DeNeefe set off to develop the festival which, after starting small in 2004, has now evolved into one of the world’s most celebrated literary and artistic events.

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali
Leisurely book browsing at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Photo credit Anggara Mahendra
Ubud Writers Festival: Emerging Writers

Emerging Indonesian writers will also be presented in an anthology offering visitors a unique insight into Indonesian language, culture, history and mythology.

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UWRF, Bali
Attending talks at one of the festival’s cosy venues. Photo credit Wayan Martino

Further information on the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2023

For details of ticket prices and purchases, venue location, how to get there and other festival details, visit the website.

Cover photo credit: Agung Abi


October 18
October 22
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