Closing out with a bang: The marching band from Udayana University performs during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival at the Blanco Museum in Ubud, Bali, on Sunday.
The 13th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival ended on Sunday. The event successfully engaged literary luminaries with an eager audience.
The last day of the festival started with attendees participating in “Literary Jalan-Jalan”, a morning walk with some of the festival’s finest storytellers along the hidden paths of Penestanan, through lush rice fields and a permaculture garden, all the while listening to tales from near and far over a delicious brunch. Read more
Both V S Naipaul and Paul Theroux, who are not appearing in this year’s Ubud Festival in Bali, will appear in Jaipur Lit Fest in India and Singapore Writers Festival respectively
For this year’s festival from October 1-5, festival director Janet DeNeefe invited the American writer Paul Theroux, who had expressed interest after eating at her Ubud restaurant Indus. When she rejected his request for a fee for which, she says, “I could have got David Attenborough”, Theroux agreed instead to appear at the Singapore Writers Festival in November.
DeNeefe then invited V.S. Naipaul, the distinguished but difficult 82-year-old Trinidad-born British writer, who recently ended a long feud with Theroux. To her amazement the Wylie Agency accepted, with the promise of first- and business-class travel and a luxurious villa.
The two winners of Long Way Home – Asia-Europe Short Story Contest are Leroy Luar from Malaysia (Asian winner) and Yordan Radichkov from Bulgaria (European winner).
The winning entries were Luar’s short story, The Evidence of Us, and Container by Radichkov.
The two winners have won S$1000, plus flights and accommodation to attend the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival 2013 in Bali.
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partner the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) have launched an online voting platform for the short story contest, Long Way Home
483 entries were received from Asia and Europe for the contest; a professional panel of judges have shortlisted 10 stories which are now featured online and two lucky winners will be chosen by members of the public.