Greetings Literature Lovers, 

We are thrilled to announce that the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival will be back this year on 27 – 30th October! As Bali begins to re-open, we cannot wait to reunite in-person with you all in Ubud once again.  

Last week, our team also announced the return of our sibling event, the Ubud Food Festival, which will take place on 24 – 26th June. Make sure to follow along for more updates on our Festival social medias! 

Until next time, 


Happy Stories, Mostly longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2022

Huge congratulations to Norman Erikson Pasaribu, and Tiffany Tsao, who translated the work into English. 

Norman is one of our Emerging Writers alumni from 2015, and both Norman and Tiffany presented at the Festival in 2018! 

Cal Flyn wins the Charlotte Aitken Trust ‘Young Writer of the Year’ Award

One of our UWRF21 speakers, Cal Flyn, just won one of the UK’s most prestigious writing awards for her book Islands of Abandonment

Click below to watch Cal’s session in discussion with Elora Hardy on our Festival Youtube channel! 

What happens to wildlife when humans have retreated to certain places because of conflict or disaster? Cal Flyn’s Islands on Abandonment brings together some of the most desolate ghost towns and exclusion zones around the world and shows how, against all odds, they offer our best opportunities for environmental recovery. Listen to her take on how nature can reclaim its place.


Ubud Book Club – March 20th, 3pm at Gayatri Hotel 

This month, the Ubud Book Club will be reading The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali by Geoffrey Robinson. The book examines the political history of Bali in the 20th century using a class analysis, particularly highlighting the tension between artistocrats and commoners in the late colonial period. 

DM @ubudbookclub on Instagram for more information!

‘Through a Woman’s Gaze’ Exhibition @ Jimbaran Hub

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Jimbaran Hub is hosting an event to explore what it means to be a woman through art exhibitions, workshops, talk shows, a fashion show and bazaar. The event will be held from Saturday, 19 March to 27 March from 10:00-18:00 WITA. 

UWRF22’s Emerging Writers Submissions are now closed! 

Thank you to all who submitted your works. Our curatorial team is now busy reading through them and selections will be announced on April 29th.

Listen to the UWRF21 Podcast!

Our podcast is back, and all UWRF21 sessions are now available on Spotify and Apple Podcast. Let us know on Instagram which sessions are your favourite! 


Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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